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. Dark clouds hung over the mountains this morning giving the hope of rain but none is falling. The forecast looks clear all the way into next week.

The weather over the past week has been much more typical of August. Hot and humid. Thankfully you can escape to the mountains and find cooler temperatures. It makes me thankful for living here in East Tennessee and not somewhere that the only relief is air conditioning. The forecast is calling for mid to upper 80's maybe the low 90's this week. You are going to want to hit the streams early in the morning for the best fishing.

Water levels are low...but that is normal for this time of year. The streamflow gauge on Little River is giving a reading of 1.50 feet or 96 c.f.s. That is almost normal for this date. Water temperatures are getting warm. The water at the Y is 70.5F this morning. It will still be cooler the further upstream you go. The streams are running clear.

Trout fishing in the Smokies is still good but it isn't like Spring-time fishing. A good day this time of year isn't going to include as many fish as it would in May. Water levels are low so you have to be extra sneaky. Concentrate on fishing the faster moving water. This water is better oxygenated than the slow pools. High stick, even with a dry fly. One big advantage of low water is that it can be easier to get around the stream. You won't be in the water as much as in the Spring. You can use the exposed boulders for cover.

Terrestrial patterns such as ants and beetles have been working well. Mike's Magic Beetle, Mike's Top Hat Beetle, Fur Ants and Hi-Vis Parachute ants have all been fishing well. Green Weenies, Barbie Bugs and San Juan Worms make great droppers. For dry flies, Yellow Sally patterns, Elk Hair Caddis, and Parachute Adams are still good in the #16 size.

With a holiday coming up next weekend the Smokies should be fairly quiet for a couple of days. It was quiet in the Shop this weekend. It usually is before a major holiday.

Byron will be away from the Fishing Report for a couple of days so I'll be filling in. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
August 25, 2014

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