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 sun is shining but it is COLD. Roads in the Smokies are still cold. Call ahead or check on Twitter before you try to get somewhere in GSMNP.

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.

Water temperatures took a nose dive last night. This morning the Little River is 35F. That is cold enough to make me reconsider going fishing. You will definitely need to wait till later in the day. Water levels are in good shape. The gauge is reading 2.14 feet or 322 c.f.s. This is just higher than the normal of 295 c.f.s.

Fishing will be slow again today. If they keep the roads closed it won't even be an option up in the Park. Nymphs sunk deep and fished slow are the best choice this time of year. Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Pat's Rubberlegs etc. Keep adding weight till you start getting hung up.

We haven't had too many visitors at the Shop this week. Winter is slow in Townsend. Even though business is slow we stay busy. That is why we stay open all year. There is still a lot of work to be done to get ready for Spring. Our biggest project right now is the Online Catalog. It is going to be great. I can't wait till it is done enough to make it go live.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department has a new restoration stream. They are going to restore the upper part of Anthony Creek. For those who don't know where Anthony Creek is, it is the headwaters of Abrams Creek and flows through the Cades Cove Picnic Area. They are going to use a different method this time around. Instead of treating the stream with a chemical they are going to electrofish it and then re-populate it with brook trout. This is the method that is being used down in the Tellico area of the Cherokee National Forest.

Matt Kulp didn't say if the restoration section of the stream would be closed to fishing during the project. There is a chance it won't be. Don't worry though....the section of stream in the picnic area will remain open.

Our FREE Fly Tying Demo this weekend will be David Perry and Gary Troutman. David is from Middle Tennessee and has been doing some musky fishing. I know at least one of the muskies that Dan Munger has caught was in David's boat. Gary Troutman (despite his name) loves to catch smallmouth bass and other warmwater species. This is going to be a fun and informative way to spend a chilly Saturday. Come out to the Shop from 10 till 2 this Saturday.

Valentines Day is this weekend. Tell your sweethearts to call and get you a LRO Gift Card. They don't even need to drive to Townsend. We can mail it or email at the last minute.

Drive safe on the side roads. Fish the sunny spots. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
February 10, 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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