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.  The clouds are clearing. Today is supposed to be warm, 75F, and mostly sunny. The next two days are going to be in the upper 70's. The best part is that overnight temperatures are only going to drop into the mid 40's to 50's. That warmer overnight temperature is really going to help the streams warm up.

The streamflow gauge on Little River is giving a reading of 2.40 feet or 425 c.f.s. this morning. That is just a bit higher than the daily normal of 393 c.f.s. The temperature is about 47F and should rise as the day continues. What does all this mean? Fishing should be good today. Fishing should be good all week, getting better each day. Water temperatures will continue to climb and that should make the trout and the bugs more active.

Fishing reports from yesterday were mixed. We had several anglers that were doing very well and others that had a hard time. Most areas in the Smokies have been fishing good. The Little River from Metcalf Bottoms to Elkmont continues to be as good as it always is. Some anglers have been fishing below the Sinks. Not directly below the Sinks...but those generally forgotten stretches of stream from the Sinks to the Wye. That section of river can be much more hit and miss. When it is good it can be very good, but it can also make you wonder if there are any fish down there. If you wonder about that water as you are driving to Metcalf this is a good time of year to try it out. Water temperatures are cooler and the tubers haven't infested the river yet.

The Middle Prong has been doing well. Like the Little River, this is a good time of year to explore the lower end of Tremont down along the pavement.

We are starting to see a transition from the Quill Gordons and Blue Quills to more reddish brown patterns like the Red Quills and Hendricksons. These are still large mayflies so have some 12's in your box.

Nymphs continue to be good producers. Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Princes and Copper Johns are all good. Sizes ranging from #12 - #16.

Spring merchandise is flowing in to fill the gaps on the walls that have been waiting. A shipment of fly boxes arrived the other day. There is 3 boxes of Orvis wading boots and some other stuff down there right now waiting to get checked in. And a box of Wapsi........blah. It is a large box but thankfully most of the box is taken up by 2 of the Spool Safes for keeping thread organized.

Our Beginner Fly Fishing Schools have started up for the Spring. We have one coming up this weekend and there is still space available. Just give a call.

I just looked at the time....better wrap this up. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
April 1, 2014

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