Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sun has returned to us this morning. It is a beautiful, cool morning here in Townend. It rained most of the day yesterday and water levels in Little River rose dramatically. They never got too high though, maxing out around 3.4 ft on the gauge. Levels are quickly coming down to a more normal level.

I dumped the rain gauge yesterday morning so the 24 hour amount today was only about 0.33 inches. The rain caused water temperatures in Little River to drop significantly. The stream gauge is giving a reading of 61.2 F at the boundary of the Park. This is a fairly large drop from what it has been. If anything is going to mess with fishing today I say that change is going to be a major factor.

Water levels are still up on the Little River gauge coming in at 2.28 feet or 307 c.f.s. The normal for today is 71 c.f.s. The smaller streams like West Prong of Little River will settle out first.
Checking out streamflow gauges from around the area it appears that most all the rivers are going to be up. The one gauge that was looking the closests to normal was Cataloochee Creek.

The lower section of Little River Road from the Townsend Y to Metcalf Bottoms is closed due to a rock slide. The National Park Service is working to clear the road and make sure everything is safe. As of now they haven't given an estimated completion time. You can still access the Little River through the Wears Cove entrance.

If you head out to the river today I would start with nymphs. The drop in water temperatures will likely have the trout hugging the bottom. BH Prince, BH Tellico, Copper John etc with some split shot added on will help to get down to the trout. As the day warms, general dry fly patterns such as Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulators should produce. Terrestrials like ants and beetles can be very productive after storms. As always, be careful wading.

The rest of the week should be beautiful weather-wise. This could be a great start to some excellent Fall fishing! Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 19, 2012

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