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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. Snow must have fallen last night. There was a light dusting on the trees in the mountains just past Walland. The roads are completely clear.

The streams are doing pretty well. This morning the Little River gauge is giving a height reading of 2.56 feet or 505 c.f.s. The normal flow for today is 304 c.f.s. so we are a little above normal. The water temperature rose slightly yesterday to a balmy 40 F. You won't be catching me take a swim anytime in the near future.

The weather forecast for the next week is looking like more of the same. Highs in the 40's and lows in the upper 20's. Chances for some precipitation most days. More gloom. Not much we can do about it....just have to make it through till Spring.

Fishing is going to be slow. It will be fishing much better than it has in the last week or so, but that means less slow but still slow. Some anglers who have been braving the cold conditions have been doing well. This is a great time of year for the delayed harvest streams. North Carolina has a ton of excellent delayed harvest water this time of year. The stocked trout don't always seems to no that they shouldn't be eating this time of year. If you have never tried a delayed harvest stream you really need to check it out. They take a creek and dump loads of trout into it. The regulations are catch and release only in the expectation that the trout will have the opportunity to live longer and be better able to hold over. Also it keeps people from taking too many fish out giving more anglers the chance to catch more.
If you hit it right fishing on a delayed harvest stream can be crazy. It will remind you that trout fishing doesn't have to be difficult. Sometimes the fish can be picky....but most of the time you can stand there and catch a bunch of trout without moving much. Nymphs and streams are generally the best way to go especially while it is cold. Both Tennessee and North Carolina do delayed harvest streams this time of year. Refer to the state websites so you can be sure where you are fishing and what the regulations are.

I finally have a Fly Fishing School Schedule done. I will get it posted either later today or tomorrow. (I've got a big box of Wapsi fly tying materials with my name on it that is first priority for this morning.) The regular Beginner Fly Fishing Day One and Day Two Onstream classes are back. Also, in July, we will have an Aquatic Entomology Class with Dr. Brad Cook. Rob Fightmaster is going to take a greater roll in our school program this year. He is going to add a Nymphing Class and also an Intermediate Casting Class. We are still working out all the details on those classes so more information will be coming. Something new we are going to try this year is some Fly Tying Classes in the summer time.

We still have openings in our beginner fly tying class on Saturday February 22nd.  CLICK HERE to read more about it.  Call the shop at 865-448-9459 to enroll.  The cost is $85 and we furnish everything, including lunch.  The class will be taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.

Mike Adams is here today for our FREE Fly Tying Demo. It goes from 10 am till 2 pm. Mike is a fly fishing guide and excellent tyer.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us. Stop in and watch some fly tying if you are on the way to the mountains!

Daniel Drake
February 8, 2014

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