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 much warmer in Townsend this morning. Don't get used to it. Tomorrow we will be in the deep freeze at around 0F.

Water temperatures climbed up yesterday and overnight. They are at 40F this morning. This could actually make for some decent though difficult fishing on the Little River today.

Water levels are excellent but still a little on the high side. The gauge this morning is reading 2.49 feet or 388 c.f.s. just a bit higher than the average flow of 301 c.f.s.

If you head out there, nymphs and split shot are going to be the way to go. Get the flies down to the trout. A couple of anglers came in yesterday afternoon after having tried fishing. A few actually caught some fish but they had to work hard for them.

We had a good crowd yesterday for our Free Fly Tying Demo. Josh Pfeiffer and John Thurman did a great job. Next week Mike Bone will be here tying. Frank Bryant of Chota Outdoor Gear will be here also to meet people and talk about Chota.

Byron wanted us to get the store room cleaned up. It has always been a bit of a mess. There is no telling what we might find back there. Yesterday afternoon we decided to turn the back corner of the Shop into a SALE corner. After I get this report posted I'm going to go down there and start marking items down. There is waders, boots, some Fishpond packs, miscellaneous accessories. You'll just have to stop in to see.

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

If you head out fishing today be careful. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
January 5, 2014

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