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. Actually I'm writing the report from snowbound Maryville. We made the decision to not risk it and keep the Shop CLOSED today. It began to flurry yesterday around 11 am in Townsend. Temperatures were still above freezing so the snow melted on the parking lots and roads. We were keeping an eye on conditions to see if we needed to bail out early. It flurried and snowed all day accumulating some on the grass so we stuck it out all day. Driving home the roads were wet but clear. There wasn't any snow near the hospital. By the time I made it home it was starting to snow a little harder. We had just a dusting of snow on the grass but very little accumulation. By the time I was done with dinner I looked out the window and the grass was gone, covered by about 3 inches of snow. When we went out later to feed our horses it was about 6 inches deep. I'd rather not have to deal with snow, but atleast when it is fresh and fluffy it looks pretty.

South and East of us got things so much worse. Ice in Atlanta and Winter all across North and South Carolina. My brother lives in Durham, NC. He has enough snow that we dusted off his cross country skis and used them to get around.

The forecast today is calling for temeratures to warm into the high 30's and snow is going to taper off as we get into the afternoon hours. It is supposed to get below freezing again tonight so watch for re-freezing.

Water levels in the Smokies continue to be great. Too bad you can't get there because all of the roads are closed. It would be tough fishing anyway. The Little River gauge is giving a reading of 2.20 feet or 335. c.f.s. This is still above the daily average of 262 c.f.s. Water temperatures are still cold also at about 36F.

The 10 day weather forecast is calling for much higher temperatures after the weekend. It is supposed to be mid 60's by the end of next week. The warm weather will feel nice but after all of the snow that fell in the Smokies starts melting water levels will rise and temps will fall.

It won't be too long before Spring arrives. The Quill Gordons will start to hatch and the trout will remember that food comes on the surface also. Big, classic dry patterns in sizes 10's and 12's work great. Wet flies are absolutely something you should have in your box for this hatch. Quill Gordons hatch under the water surface and swim to the surface as an adult. During a hatch you'll catch more trout swinging the wets.

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.

We'll be back to work tomorrow morning at 9 am. If you venture out be careful. The side roads are going to be messy. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
February 13, 2014

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