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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is 36 degrees this morning in Towsend. I'm not ready for cold weather yet. I was hoping to enjoy Fall for a bit longer. The Smokies are BUSY right now. Visitors are flooding in from everywhere to see the fall colors and catch a glimpse of a bear. When I say everywhere I mean everywhere. A guy came in the other day and asked to interview someone. Paul and I pointed to Dan Munger and said that they could talk to him (he does better on camera). It turned out that the guy worked for a South Korean media company. Dan might be on TV in Korea.

River conditions are great for fishing. Water temperatures are cold, 50 F this morning down low. This is making tough fishing first thing but everything improves when the sun gets on the water and it warms a bit. The streamflow gauge is reading 1.49 feet or 112 c.f.s. This is above the daily normal of 73 c.f.s. All the rivers are flowing extra clear right now.

Early in the day nymphs will be the best bet. Try some Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Copper John, and Green Weenies. Sizes ranging from #14 - #16. These will work well dropped below an Orange Stimulator in a #14. Anglers have been using a variety of dry fly patterns. Stimulators, Thunderheads, Fat Caddis and Parachute patterns have all been doing well.

We have been having a good, busy month at the Shop. There has been lots of people in town. As beautiful as Cades Cove is you would have a hard time getting me to go over there right now. Living here gives me the luxury of thinking "I can go after the crowds leave". One lady stopped by yesterday needing some help with directions. She was willing to drive out to Walland and take East Millers Cove Road to get around Wears Valley. I haven't driven down it in quite a while but it used to be a skinny, narrow slow way to go. She didn't seem to care....she just wasn't going to inch her way through Wears Valley.

When you head up to the mountains just realize that you are there for the beauty and to relax. Everyone else is there for that too so we just have to cut them some slack. Who knows how many rounds of The Wheels on the Bus they have had to live through in the previous hour.

Byron should be on his way back from Florida today. He will have lots of stories of fishing and kayaking in the salt.

If you head out today I would head towards the Middle Prong or the Little River. Look for places where the sun has been on the water. Have fun!

Thanks for reading and have a great day fishing!

Daniel Drake
October 18, 2015

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