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 beautiful day in Townsend. The sun is shining and the sky is blue. It is a rare day indeed. Byron has the boat hooked to the truck and there isn't rain in the forecast.
We had about 0.5 inches of rain in the rain gauge from the last 24 hours. Around the area there was some isolated very heavy rains. Little River is running high. This morning it is at 3.03 feet on the gauge which is 687 c.f.s. This is quite a bit higher than the normal flow of 159 c.f.s. The USGS website gives historical flow data, highs and lows. On this date in 2007 the flow was a mere 53 c.f.s. I'm sure glad we don't have that problem this year.
The East Prong of Little River (the main river which comes from Elkmont) was running high and muddy this morning. It should clear as the day progresses. The Middle Prong (Tremont) had some color but is clearing. The West Prong of Little River was looking pretty good.
According to the Smokies weather data, Mt. LeConte received 0.70" of rain and Newfound Gap received 0.89". I expect the West Prong of the Little Pigeon to be running very high.
If you decide to head out and try your luck stay out of the water as much as possible. Work the pockets from the edge. Anglers are still doing well fishing Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Parachute Adams, Light Cahills, etc. All in the #14-#16 size ranges. Terrestrial patterns have been working well too. An ant can make a great dropper behind a Yellow Stonefly pattern.
Don't forget the nymphs. Bead head nymphs with some extra splitshot will help you get the fly down to where the trout are.
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Sorry for the late posting of the report. Yesterday and today, it is fairly quiet then big groups of people pile in all at once. If you go fishing be careful and be safe.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
June 11, 2013
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