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. It is a cold, foggy morning. The sun is supposed to come out and warm everything up later today. The weekend forecast looks fantastic.

This morning the streamflow gauge on the Little River is giving a reading of 41.18F. That is cold but it will warm as the day continues. The flow is good at 2.45 feet or 447 c.f.s. This is just a bit higher than the daily normal of 299 c.f.s.

The streams are cold making the fishing slow. Nymphs weighted down with plenty of split shot to get them down to the bottom is going to be the best bet. Look for slower stretches of river where the sun has been on the water. If you happen on trout that are rising it will likely be to midges or small blue wing olives.

Townsend is going to be the happening place this weekend. The Smoky Mountain Snowdown Festival is going on. You can visit the website by going to Looking at the flyer, the variety of events and classes is incredible. Everything from Walter Babb tying flies, art and music classes, history talks, to food and wine. The weather is supposed to be perfect this weekend. If you get the chance you should check it out.

Byron is out for a couple of days so I will be doing the fishing report. I'll be trying to get it posted by 10:30... I can't do 4 in the morning like Byron.

Spring is coming fast. I was looking around the store at stuff we need to clear out before all the new products arrive. One major group of stuff is Simms Headwaters packs. All the Simms fishing packs we have in stock are 40% off till they are gone. The packs aren't on the online catalog but if you call to order we'll mail them out FREE ground shipping!

I'm going to wrap this up and get it posted. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
January 28, 2016

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