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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. This mornings fog has burned off to reveal a beautifully clear blue sky. It should be a great day to be outside.

Water levels are almost exactly "normal" for this date. The gauge reads 2.42 feet or 344 c.f.s. The streams are clear. Water temperatures are still on the cold side at 42F. Look for sunny spots on the river where temps will have the chance to warm.

Nymph patterns are going to be your best bet, especially earlier in the day. BH Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, BH Prince Nymphs, Tellico nymphs etc will all be good. Add some split shot to get them down.

Later in the day keep an eye out for rising fish. It is unlikely you'll see many but you never know. Darker bodied flies like Blue Wing Olives or dark caddis should work.

Byron is supposed to be on vacation but he had been busy working away at the Flies section of the Online Catalog. He just finished up a Spring Fly Category. You can check it out HERE . There is going to be one for each season. This should make choosing flies easier for when you are coming to the Smokies for a trip.

A large box from Wapsi showed up yesterday afternoon. The over-powering smell of moth balls is a sure sign it is going to be a "fun" couple of days. Checking in Wapsi takes a ton of time. There is so many items that you have to be extra careful that nothing gets missed. From years of getting Wapsi orders we have learned that if you can't find something in the box and it is on their is most likely somewhere on the floor or misplaced on the desk. It is VERY seldom that the box doesn't match exactly what is on the packing list. They do an amazing job of having everything organized.

Well off to work on Wapsi. Don't forget..... John Thurman and Tim Doyle are going to be here on Saturday for another Free Fly Tying Demo. They will be tying from 10 am till 2 pm. Stop by and check them out.

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

Daniel Drake
February 6, 2013

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