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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Snow was falling this morning and covering the grass at home this morning when I left. As I got closer to the mountains there was less and less. Here in Townsend there is no snow on the ground that I can see. Every now and then I see the sun peak out from behind a veil of clouds.

As of 10:00 am several roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed. US 441/Newfound Gap Road, Laurel Creek and Cades Cove Loop, Greenbriar past the ranger station, Foothills Parkway from Look Rock to US 129, and Wears Gap Road are closed temporarily due to ice and snow. To get the most up-to-date road info you can give the Park a call at 865-436-1200 then hit 2 and hit 2 again. You can also get road information on Twitter at

Water levels are getting better by the day. Today Little River is flowing at 2.91 feet or 587 c.f.s. This is still higher than the daily average of 343 c.f.s. Water temps are up a bit to 41.8 F.
The weather forecast for the next week calls for warming temperatures. Fishing should improve at water levels drop and temperatures increase. If conditions follow the forecast then the later part of the week and next weekend could be some decent fishing.

Mike Adams was here yesterday for a Free Fly Tying Demo. He is a great guy and excellent fly tyer. We sell some fly patterns which he designed. One of the flies is a little crane fly. I pulled a fly out of our fly bin and compared it to his. I told him that he was almost good enough to work in a fly factory over in Sri Lanka. He laughed and said they did it better. Of course the ladies tying over there have a lot more practice tying the same flies over and over till they are experts.
One fly that Mike designed is the Mike's Magic Beetle. (I just looked, we don't have it listed online yet) It is an excellent beetle pattern in the Summer. It has sparkle, rubber legs, and a yellow indicator spot. Definitely one to have in the box when the weather gets hot.

John Thurman and Tim Doyle are going to be here next Saturday for another Free Fly Tying Demo. They will be tying from 10 am till 2 pm. Stop by and check them out.

If you head out fishing, be careful of the high water. Stick near the road. If you were to get wet you want to be able to get somewhere to warm up fast. Be safe.

Thank you for reading the fishing report and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
February 3, 2013

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