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. Clear blue skies greeted us the morning here in Townsend. It is almost cool enough to need a light jacket. A great time to be in the mountains!


The pop up thunderstorms haven't added much flow to the rivers. The little river is flowing at 1.38 feet on the gauge or 80 c.f.s. much lower than the daily normal of 167 c.f.s. Water temperatures are good though. This morning the gauge is reading just above 62 F. The streams are flowing very clear so be stealthy and wear subdued colors to blend with the background. Try to stay out of the water as much as possible to minimize how much you disturb the water.


Dry fly patterns like the Yellow Sallies are working very well right now. We have a lot of flies in the bin that immitate the small yellow stoneflies but they don't all get called Yellow Sallies. Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, Yellow X-Caddis, Little Yellow Stones....all immitate these yellow stoneflies. This time of year there are quite a few kinds of bugs which are yellow in color. You will also find several species of mayflies like sulphurs. The sizes for the fly patterns are generally #14 - #16.

Terrestrial patterns can be very effective in the Summer. Beetle and ant patterns cast us under the trees can work extremely well. Green Weenies make good droppers.


It is firefly season in the Smokies, well atleast Elkmont. The shuttles are running from June 2 till the 9th which means access to the Little River Trailhead will be limited and cut off in the evening. This is a link to the Smokies website with the best information about the event. If you are looking for a place to fish in the evenings.....I would just avoid Elkmont for the next several days.


Tremont continues to fish well. Many anglers are making the hike up the Middle Prong Trail to fish for brookies on Lynn Camp Prong. This can be great fishing and is definitely worth the walk. If a hike isn't what you are looking for or if you just have a couple hours in the evening to fish I would concentrate on the Middle Prong right along the gravel road. It still fishes great and it is so convenient.
If you are going to be out in the middle of the day you might want to try a high elevation stream like Walker Camp Prong. Water is low so there will be pleanty of rocks to hide behind.
Abrams Creek has been fishing good also. The thing that would keep me from going there would be the potential for heavy traffic on the Cades Cove Loop Road. Also, remember that the Loop Road is closed to car traffic until 10 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

I get to learn some new accounting stuff today as soon as Byron gets back from his fishing trip. My taking care of that is going to free him up to tie even more Knuckleheads. If you head out fishing today keep an eye on the weather.

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

Daniel Drake
June 4, 2015

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