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. It is a nice cool morning here in Townsend. There was a little fog hanging low over the mountains but that is burning off quickly. Last night cooled off nicely allowing water temperatures to drop.

This morning the streamflow gauge is giving a water temperature reading of about 68.6F which is considerably cooler than it has been in several days. Temperatures still rise throughout the day so higher elevation fishing is still best. Water levels are almost perfectly normal for this time of year. The gauge reading is 1.48 feet or 91 c.f.s. The normal for this date is 106 c.f.s. Water levels are still low so that means the trout will be more concentrated but also more spooky. Try to stay out of the water as much as possible. The low water conditions make staying out easier as you can manuever around the stream bed on dry ground.

Summer is definitely still holding on. You will find more comfortable and better fishing in the higher elevation streams. Conentrate on fishing the fast moving water. It will be easier to stay hidden and that is also where the feeding trout will be. Fish early and late if possible.

The fishing gauge is still on "GOOD". Fishing is still good....but it is different than it is in the Spring. This time of year you have to change some tactics and maybe work a bit harder. Also, those 50 fish days can be harder to come by. Trout still have to eat though so somebody might as well catch them.

No word from Byron and the Cumberland. I'll take that as fishing is going well. I'm sure he'll have all kinds of stories to re-count when he gets back.

If you head out on the streams today remember...high elevation and fast water. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
August 26, 2014

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