Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina


Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a perfectly gorgeous morning here in Townsend. The sun is shining. The air is cool. Bill Bolinger and I were lamenting the fact that we are stuck in the Shop on a day like this. Hopefully Byron and Paula will catch enough fish for the rest of us.

Water levels are excellent. The stream flow on Little River is 2.23 feet or 287 c.f.s. This is ust above today's normal of 211 c.f.s. The rivers are clear. Water temperatures are warming up again. The streamflow gauge is giving a temp of 54.9F this morning. The weather forecast for the next week shows mostly sunny with chances of rain. It is low chances...the 20-30% range. I'm guessing this is going to be scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Just keep an eye and ear on the sky and fish on.

The reports I heard from anglers over the last couple of days sounded like it was slower fishing early in the day but picking up as the day warmed. Light colored dry flies in the #14-#16 size range have been working good. Elk Hair Caddis, Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, other yellow sally patterns, have all been doing well. Green Weenies, small Pheasant Tail or hare's ear will make a good dropper. Try some ants and beetle also.

As far as where to go....hmm. That question is going have more to do with what you want. If you just want to catch fish..then go to that trusty spot that always produces. If you want to expand your horizons and try something different maybe give the West Prong of the Little Pigeon a shot. It is right there along US 441/Newfound Gap Road. Any of the pull offs on the left side of the road as you drive up the mountain will have a trail to get you to the stream. Especially this time of year while it is still cool, the lower stretches of creek fish well. If you want to catch brookies keep driving up the road till you get to the Loop Over where the road corkscrews and crosses back over itself. After that point the stream will be right near the road side.

If Abrams Creek is your destination keep in mind that the Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to cars until 10 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

I'm not sure what else to say in this report. If you can get the chance to go fishing take it. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
May 15, 2013

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