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. A little rain fell last night. Finally! It wasn't much though. There was 5/16" of rain in the gauge this morning. Scattered storms are predicted over the next several days. Fingers crossed that we get some good rainfall amounts. It is a beautiful morning here in Townsend. The rain cleared some of the haze out of the sky and cooled things of a bit. Right now it is very pleasant out side.
Water levels came up just slightly as a result of the rain. This morning the streamflow gauge is giving a reading of 1.51 feet or 91 c.f.s. This is still below the normal flow of 164 c.f.s. The streams are still running clear despite the rain. Water temperatures cooled a tiny bit also to 66.4 F.
Fishing in the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be good once again today. Water levels are still low so you will have to be stealthy. Yellow Sally patterns continue to work very well. Any yellow dry fly will be a good choice. Terrestrials can be a good choice also. If you head out early in the day have some nymphs with you. BH Pheasant Tails, Tellico Nymphs, Copper Johns etc. in #14 - #16 have all be producing well.
We have an Intermediate Casting Class with Rob Fightmaster coming up this Saturday. The cost is $100. This is a new class for us. You need to have basic fly casting knowledge. If you are wanting to move you you fly casting to a new level this is a class for you. Just give us a call to sign up 865-448-9459.
On Sunday, I went fishing at the pond with my little girl. She is only 4 so her attention span doesn't last too long....especially when we aren't catching anything. She has one of those cheap push button spinning rods with Princesses on it. That thing is very difficult to cast. Half the time when I try the lure comes slinging back around barely missing me. If the button isn't pushed just perfect it doesn't work.
We get people who come through the door and say things like "I can't flyfishing it looks too complicated." "I can't get it to whip back and forth." Things are hard if you don't know what you are doing. I'm lost trying to fishing with something other than my fly rod. This weekend the church had a fishing derby and they had stocked a bunch of catfish in their pond. I'm too fidgety for that type of fishing. I have a hard time casting a line out and just sitting there waiting. That is probably why I love fishing the small streams in the mountains so much. It isn't necessarily the catching of the trout...but it is the expoloration of the stream. The next pool, the next bend in the stream, the next pocket to cast that dry fly. Those are what keep me going up the river. A few more years and I'll get a fly rod for Sophie. For now we'll just have fun at the pond try to catch bream...and feeding the ducks.
If you head out to the mountains today, Elkmont will still be somewhere to avoid for another day or so. The river along the road has been good. If it starts to get hot try the West Prong of the Little Pigeon. That can be a great warm weather stream.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
June 10, 2014
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