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. Light snow is falling in Townsend right now but the roads from Maryville were clear and dry on the drive up. Most of the roads in the the Smokies are closed right now but that changes so it is always best this time of year to call or check on Twittter. If you are old school just dial 865-436-1200 then hit 2 when they start talking and hit 2 again. This takes you to the Road Conditions Report. You can also find the information on Twitter @SmokiesRoadsNPS.

The streamflow gauge on the Little River at Townsend is giving a reading of 2.26 feet or 387 c.f.s. This is just above the daily normal of 286 c.f.s. The water temperature has been maintaining at just about 40F. The water is extremely clear with that beautiful green color that the rivers turn in the winter.

Does anyone know why the rivers turn green in the winter? It is the most beautiful emerald color this time of year. Paul and I were talking earlier about it. I said I've never heard a good answer why. The clarity is good so it doesn't seem likely that it is an algea bloom or some kind of particulate in the water. In fact it is so clear because the cold water doesn't suspend stuff as well. I am really curious and hope somewhere out there is an explanation.

Fishing in the Smokies has been slow over the past several days. While water levels are great for fishing the water is cold. I really expected water temperatures to crash this week with cold air temps but they really haven't. Water temperatures have been staying fairly constant right around 40F.

I was clicking on the TVA dams to see what was going on with them. Norris is 2 or more generators. South Holston is 1 generator. Wilbur showed no generators. Then I scrolled down and it shows and hourly discharge of 1,400 c.f.s. They have a small note above that says "Wilbur will be spilling until further notice". Apalachia Dam and the Hiwassee river has the same warning.

Looks like another fly tying week. Spring is coming quick so make sure you are ready with Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and other spring flies.

Paul is a giddy as a child at Christmas this morning. We just received a sample for a new fly threader. This one not only threads your fly but it helps you tie the Clinch Knot and even has a built in nipper. More info coming tomorrow.....tune in!

Byron called the other day to check in. He said the weather is cold in South Carolina but he did see a redfish out in the canal so he went out and cast to it. He didn't expect much from the fishing..this is more of a get away and relax trip.

Check the roads before you make the drive to the mountains today and tomorrow morning. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
February 9, 2016

I would really like to hear feed back from everyone of things that we can do better here at the Shop. We have plans for stuff but it is always good to know what you all are thinking. You are the reason we can do any of this. Just give an email to me at Thanks in advance.

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