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 skies over Townsend were clear this morning but now the clouds are beginning to move in. The weather report is calling for the chance of severe weather later today. We could really use some rain. I would much prefer it to come slowly over the course of several days instead of torrential down pours but we'll have to see what comes. I've learned that you don't check the rain gauge till after the storm, and don't change plans on the CHANCE of rain.

Water levels in the Little River drainage are below normal for this time of year. The streamflow gauge is giving a reading of 1.51 feet or 91 c.f.s. The daily normal for today is 177 c.f.s. Water temperatures are still good at 64F. The streams a flowing very clear. In the Summer there is always the chance for very isolated thunderstorms. These can cause water conditions to change rapidly so alway be vigiliant when fishing.

Low clear water doesn't have to make for bad fishing. You will need to be a bit more stealthy and possibly change your approach but the trout are still eating like crazy. Concentrate on the areas of river where you have moving current. It doesn't need to be raging whitewater but distinct current is good. If you find a section of stream where the water gets a little deeper, fish that edge. When I say deeper I'm not talking about looking for water that is multiple feet deep. I'm looking for depth change. If the water is 6 inches deep and then it drops to a foot, the trout are more likely to be in that deeper water. It provides more cover for them to hide from predators.

When the water is low try to minimize how much you are in the water. Everytime you step in the water you are letting the trout know that you are there. Rocks get kicked around, waves are made. The more you can fish the stream from dry land the better.

Fishing continues to be very good all around the area. Reports I have heard from several of the tailwaters have been good. The pictures people have brought in are showing very healthy trout. Here in the Smokies, anglers have been doing well on most streams. Little River along the road continues to fish good. The Little River upstream from Elkmont is doing great also. Fishing that section of water in the next couple of weeks will be complicated by the synchronous fireflies. Click here for an explanation. The shuttles start running today so I'm not sure what the parking situation will be like. After I get this report posted I'm going to figure out who at the Park to call to find out....I'll post an update and something on Facebook when I find out.

-- UPDATE -- From June 4 till June 11, Elkmont Campground will be blocked off at the Little River Road. You can't gain access to the Campground without a campground reservation or a ticket on the Trolly. That means no fishing up the Little River Trail unless you want to park down the road and hike a very long way.

Yellow Sally patterns continue to work well. The Neversink Caddis and the Rob's Hellbender Dry patterns are excellent. It is hard to beat a good standard Yellow Stimulator also. Sizes are #14 or #16. Dropping a Green Weenie or Barbie Bug off the back can be a good way to go.

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

Daniel Drake
June 4, 2014

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