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.  At 9:30 dark clouds have moved over Townsend with strong winds and some rain starting. The radar is showing a band of heavy storms coming over the area right now. We were spared from the strong storms which rolled through the region last night.


Right now the Little River gauge is reading 1.44' or 92 c.f.s. This is a bit lower than the daily normal of 137 c.f.s. I expect these numbers to change over the next several hours as rain begins to fall in the Smokies. (sorry Marty). Water levels can rise rapidly after these strong Summer storms.


Fishing in the Smokies has been very good over the last several days. Despite warm air temperatures the streams are maintaining good conditions. The water temperature that we give in this report comes from the USGS gauge on the Little River just inside the Park boundary. This is much lower elevation than most of the streams you are going to be fishing so the figure is going to read high. It gives a good baseline reading for how things are changing though.

Most anglers have been reporting good fishing throughout the Smokies. Water levels are at a low summertime flow which can give you access to some locations which are hard to navigate in high water. High elevation streams fish the best this time of the year because of cooler temperatures. (The rain is really starting to fall now) Fishing is best early in the day or late in the afternoon until dark.

Tubers and swimmers are a major annoyance this time of year. We like to complain about them and curse them for invading our water. In truth the areas with the largest concentration of tubers aren't the best fishing locations this time of year. They want the long lazy pools and the bobbing rapids. Anglers should be concentrating on higher gradient streams with more plunge pools and stronger rapids. Feeding trout aren't going to be caught out of those slow pools. For now, let them have the lower streams...we'll return to them in the Fall and Winter.


Have you been thinking of taking up fly tying?? We have a Beginner Fly Tying Class coming up this weekend, Saturday July 18th. The cost is $85. It is a great way to get started or to even just figure out if you will like tying flies. If you are interested there is still plenty of space left...just give us a call to sign up. For More Information CLICK HERE.

The rain is falling steady now. I'm guessing that Byron passed on his fishing trip today. One day of fishing missed because of Summer rain means more good days ahead!

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

Daniel Drake
July 14, 2015

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