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 dreary morning here in Townsend. Rain is falling and everything is grey. Josh Pfeiffer was here this morning with the drift boat hooked up. He was meeting some folks to go float the Holtson for smallmouth. To him the wet, raining weather meant chances for some good fish.

At just before 10 am this morning the streamflow gauge for the Little River at Townsend was giving a reading of 1.96 feet or 195 c.f.s. This is almost exactly what it was yesterday morning. It takes a little while for the gauge to show the water coming up. It hasn't been raining too hard ( we had 3/8" in the gauge) so maybe the water levels won't suffer too much for it. Having a nice flow going into Fall is a great thing. Water temperatures didn't drop overnight and now are a bit higher at 62.3 F.

If you head to the mountains today I would start with nymphs. BH Prince Nymphs, Tellicos, Copper Johns etc in the #12 - #16 range. Sometimes rainy weather can be good for terrestrials. Ants and other critters get knocked into the stream during the rain. Dry fly patterns like stimulators, Neversink Caddis and Thunderheads might be a good bet later in the day.

Yesterday was slow in the Shop. We got quite a bit of work done on the rearrange. I started by compressing down items in the Fly Tying Department. Same stuff just in less space. I've got to do that in order to open up some peg board space to start the move. Up till this point everything was very theoretical. Now I can see progress. Everything might look a bit out of place and chaotic for a couple of weeks but rest a phoenix from the fire it is all going to emerge better than before.

If you head out today keep an eye on the water. Don't let it rise up on you and get stuck. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 25, 2013


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