Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Shop is back open this morning. Our first day of a new year. This is going to be another great year.

At 9:00 am the frost has melted away here in Townsend. Water levels are looking very good. The gauge is giving a reading of 2.43 feet or 437 c.f.s. which is almost the normal of 318 c.f.s. Water temperatures have dropped over the past several days down to around 45F.

Clayton and Josh just arrived. We are getting things all ready to go for today's FREE Fly Tying Demos. They will be tying from 10 am till 2 pm. It is going to be a fun time. Stop by before heading out fishing.

Fishing might be ok today. Water levels are better than they have been in quite a while. They are still a little high so you will need to be cautious. Water temperatures are cool so you should wait till mid-day before heading out there. I would concentrate on lower and mid elevation streams. The headwaters are going to be frosty.

Nymph patterns are going to be the best bet. Try some Prince Nymphs, Tellicos, and Copper Johns. Split shot will help get the flies down to where the trout are waiting.

Hopefully you can start this year off right with a trout in the net! Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
January 2, 2016

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