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.  I'm a bit late in posting this so I'll be quick. Byron headed out on the lake early this morning so I'm filling in.


Little River is flowing at 1.45 feet or 94 c.f.s. which is still lower than the daily normal of 162 c.f.s. The water clarity is clear. Water temperatures dropped nicely overnight to around 66 F this morning.


Fishing in the Smokies continues to be good. Water levels are low so you will have to be stealthy. Water temperatures are also up some. Better fishing will be in the cooler times of day or try one of the high elevation streams. If you fish the evenings keep an eye on the sky. Thunderstorms can pop up quickly in the mountains.

Concentrate on fishing the faster water. As water temperatures rise its capacity to hold oxygen decreases. The fast tumbling water will be my oxygenated than the big slow pools. All of the chaos of the riffles also makes it easier to sneak closer to the trout.

Dry flies continue to work well. Light colored and yellow patterns are excellent choices. Try a Neversink Caddis Yellow in #16 or even one of the variations of the Stimulator. Terrestrials can also be very effective especially during the warmer parts of the day.


Fishing opportunities abound everywhere...sometimes we just have to look in unconventional places. One of my favorite places to fish (especially if I'm in a time crunch) is a city park. I mostly catch bream there but there are bass. Light weight rods from 2 - 5 wt work great for pond fishing. Most of the flies like grass hoppers and small poppers cast easily on the light rods. When you hook up they are a ton of fun to fight a fish on.

Dan Munger went exploring this weekend and caught this pig of a fish.

Sorry, I copied the code Daniel had on the fishing report yesterday onto this page and it didn't work.

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

Daniel Drake
June 10, 2015

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