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.

Good morning from a suprisingly snowy Townsend. It took us a little while to get to the shop and get opened today so I (Dan Munger) am doing the fishing report while Daniel catches up on a few things. Forecasters were for calling for a dusting of snow north of I-40 for this morning, but the track shifted south a bit and we got a pretty decent coating of snow this morning. On the backroads from Maryville to Townsend, road conditions were the worst I've seen this year. I counted 5 different vehicles in the ditch, one of which was an 18 wheeler.

First for the bad news: today is probably not the best day to go fishing in the Smokies. Even if you wanted to go, you would have a hard time getting there. Roads are closed at the entrance to the Park. The water temp is a chilly 36 degrees with a flow of 271 cfs (cubic feet per second) or 1.99 feet on the gauge. Average flow for today is 269 cfs, so we are right at average.

We have a pretty action-packed 10 day forecast, but there might be some good news ahead. First, there are quite a few people calling for a decent snow event Monday into Tuesday. Forecasters haven't committed to an amount yet, but as of now we will see snow changing to rain Monday, and then changing back over to snow Monday night into Tuesday. It appears that the moisture will be there for a decent sized event, but there's some uncertainty as to whether or not we will have enough cold air to dump lots of snow. We shall see.

Now for the good news: A look at the 10-day forecast shows a fairly substantial warming trend starting Thursday, with highs in the low to mid 60's and nightime lows in the mid 30's to mid 40's. It is hard to say how long that "heat wave" will stick around, but that's a step in the right direction for getting that water temp where we want it for spring hatches. Quill Gordons and Blue Quills seem to start showing up when we get a string of days with 50 degree water temps at the Y, and we are hopeful to see that by the end of February. Of course, a lot could change between now and then, but we can at least say that there's a few days of warmer weather on the horizon.

Valentines day weekend is coming up, and it's going to be a chilly weekend. I want to strongly encourage everyone to come out tomorrow to see David Perry and Gary Troutman as they tie flies and tell stories for you. I have fished with David Perry, and he is a super observant angler and guide. David was sitting at the oars for my last musky, and he called the shot. He is a total streamer junkie, and moves a lot of big brown trout on the tailwaters of Middle and East Tennessee. David is also a great writer and has a super interesting blog called Southeastern Fly. You can check out his blog here:

Gary Troutman is a die-hard smallmouth fisherman. Gary really does catch as many nice smallies on the fly around here as anyone, and he also is a really incredible fly tyer. If you like to smallmouth fish, Gary is always willing to share his info with you and is as nice as they come. As a matter of fact, both Gary and David are about as friendly as you will find anywhere. They will be tying here in the shop from about 10-2.

We have a pretty good looking school schedule shaping up for the year, and there are two classes in particular that we are excited about. First off, our popular nymphing class will be held on SUNDAY, April 17th. This class is probably the most informative and useful of any class we teach. It is taught by Rob Fightmaster, Bill Bolinger, and David Knapp, and we only have 3 spots left! This class will definitely make you a better Smoky Mountain fly fisher.

We are also very excited about a class that Anthony Hipps is teaching on Saturday, April 2nd. Anthony is a very accomplished tyer and will be teaching students how to tie his great looking "Hipps Soft Bodied Popper". This class also has a few students signed up and we are expecting more. You can read more about the class by going to this page:

If you'd like to participate in any of these classes, give us a shout and snag your spot before they are gone.

Thanks for reading folks, hope to see everyone tomorrow.

Dan Munger
February 12, 2016

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