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 sun is shining above a cool Spring morning here in Townsend. Yesterday's rain gave a needed drink to the wildflowers and grass but didn't do anything to hurt the fishing. The weather forecast is calling for a very nice day today and tomorrow then a chance of rain on Friday as everything warms up.

The water temperature this morning was just about 54 F. Water levels are excellent at 1.99 feet or 254 c.f.s. This Spring has been nice and "normal". We have been needing normal for quite a while.

I expect fishing in the Smokies to be very good today. Dry patterns like Parachutes, Elk Hair Caddis and even some Stimulators should be good. Try ants also. We generally think of terrestrials as Summer patterns, but they are out there all the time.

If you are a fly tyer it is time to start thinking about Yellow Sallies. A customer brought in a picture of one he found lower on the Little River below Townsend. It won't be long before they start to hatch. We have a new Yellow Sally pattern in the fly bins this year. It is a pattern that Rob Fightmaster came up with called the Rob's Hellbender Dry. It has a foam body, elk hair wing and rubber legs. I think it is going to be a good one. We don't have them listed on the Online Catalog yet but they are available.

Speaking of available. I got an email from Umpqua the other day that they finally have some Game Changer flies to ship. We only have a limited quantity coming right now. Hopefully more will come soon.

I've heard from a couple of people that the Hiwassee is fishing good right now. That is a river I haven't spent much time on. The one time I fished it we got there and both generators were running. We found a spot where we could wade out, sketchily, and managed to fish for a little while. The water wasn't too deep where I was but it was very pushy. I caught a nice rainbow that night. It is a big river. I'll definetly check the release schedule before heading down there again. The dam for the release is Appalachia.

The TroutFest Banquet and Auction is coming up this Friday. Tickets are still available by calling us here at the Shop. 865-448-9459. It is going to be a fun time!

There is also still space in our Intermediate Casting Class coming up this Saturday. It is $100 and will be taught by Rob Fightmaster. You don't have to be any kind of expert or long time fly angler to take this class. It is for everyone that wants to improve their casting. This class isn't a beginner class. You need to have a basic knowledge of casting a fly rod. Past that...Rob is there to mold you.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
April 23, 2014

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