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 frigid, clear morning here in Townsend. US 321 from Maryville to Townsend is clear and dry. I got to work late yesterday after finding out that the water at my house had decided to freeze. I knew it would freeze...but I figured it would be Sunday night with a low of 0 when it would. A couple of heat lamps bought for the chickens got the water flowing late last night. The gush of water as the toilet refilled was a wonderful sound.

It is COLD!!!!!! Water temps are crashing. They can't get too much lower before things really slow down. The water temperature this morning is down to 34.5F. Today is supposed to get into the 40's. That will help things a little. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer, for a while. Then Sunday night temps are going to drop severely. Early next week is going to be in the deep freeze. With highs only in the 20's.

Water levels are in decent shape. The flow on the gauge this morning is 2.53 feet or 406 c.f.s. This is just a little above the normal flow of 316 c.f.s.

Fishing is going to be tough today and tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday aren't even going to be worth loading the car for. If you head out to the river today, nymphs are going to be the best bet. The trout are going to be lethargic. I don't know if the pattern will matter so much or if you just have to put it right in front of them so they don't have to move to get it.
Abrams Creek would be a good destination if you have to fish. Stay right by the trailhead or go upstream back towards the road. That section of stream will be warmer. I wouldn't wander too far from the car and most definitely have a warm change of clothes ready to go. If you are miles from the car and you fall in this time of year it is extremely dangerous and there is a good chance you won't make it back before hypothermia sets in.

On a much warmer note... We have HOT coffee brewing downstairs and in a few minutes John Thurman and Josh Pfeiffer are going to begin this weeks FREE Fly Tying Demos. Also, when you stop in, enter to win a $100 Gift Card (must be in the store to enter, no purchase necessary)

There is still space in next Saturday's Beginner Fly Tying Class. The cost is only $85 and that includes all the materials and tools for the day, a book and lunch! Space is limited so please call to reserve a spot. If you have been thinking about learning to tie flies this is a great way to learn.

Before you head to the mountains check on road conditions. You can call the Park Info line at 865-436-1200 or check Twitter

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
January 4, 2014

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