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. Water conditions are much different from yesterday. Storms rolled through the area last night causing some damage and power outages in Knoxville and surrounding areas. Here at the Shop there was 1.875" of rain in the gauge. Who knows how much actually fell. I was telling Paul that I wonder how much rain makes it into the small opening in the gauge when the wind is blowing 30 mph.

Little River is rolling this morning. Water levels spiked to over 5 feet which is almost 3,000 c.f.s. It has come down now to 4.25' which is 1,660 c.f.s. The normal for this date is 115 c.f.s. The Little River is muddy. One good this from this cold front that moved through is water temperatures came back down. The temp this morning is about 65.7 F. The rest of the week is supposed to see cooler daytime air temperatures which will definitely help to improve the fishing.
Water temperatures up in the Smokies were very warm yesterday. Rob Fightmaster was up there with our Onstream Class and said that the water was over 70 F. Thankfully that has come back down.

The storm last night was a narrow band....unfortunately the long side of the band ran over us. I just looked at the gauge for the Little Pigeon in Sevierville. Yesterday it was running around 2 feet. It spiked to 10 feet last night. It is coming down but is still around 8. My guess if you are looking for a place in the Smokies to fish today would be the Abrams Creek area. There is no gauge over there to know for sure but I expect that much less rain fell in that area. There is also Forge and Mills Creeks which are small streams that you could fish if the water was high on Abrams.

Streams south of here would be good fishing too. The North River and Bald River shouldn't have been hit with the same amount of rain.

We'll see how water conditions improve as the day continues. Hopefully there isn't anyone tubing on the river today.

Like Byron said yesterday there is a break in the Fly Fishing School schedule for August. We are still doing Private Fly Fishing Instructions. Also, we have an Intermediate Fly Tying Class coming up on August 23rd. If you have been tying and know the basics this is a great way to improve your skills. It is a one day class and you learn to tie the Prince Nymph, Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph, Light Cahill dry fly, Parachute Adams, and the Stimulator. The cost is just $75 and includes all the tools, materials, and even lunch. If this sounds like something for you give us a call to reserve place.

I wouldn't recommend fishing Little River today. Hopefully this inflow of water and cooler weather conditions will make for better fishing later this week. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 28, 2014

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