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 COLD and gloomy here in Townsend this morning. Right now the temperature is 28F. I am so very ready for Spring to get here.

As of 10:15 am Friday morning most all of the roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed due to ice and snow. US 441/Newfound Gap Road, Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road, and the Wear Cove Entrance Road are all closed. You can get the most current road closure info by calling 865-436-1200 or checking their Twitter feed at .

Streamflows on the Little River system are pretty good. They are a little on the high side but if you are careful you can make it work. The gauge is reading a height of 2.69 feet or 575 c.f.s. The normal flow for today is 338 c.f.s. Water temperatures are seasonably cold. This morning the gauge is giving a reading of around 38F.

There is no need at all to get out on the rivers early in the day. Your best fishing in the Smokies is going to be mid-afternoon and later. Pre-vening. Stick to lower evelation streams near the roadside. You want areas that if the sun does come out it can warm the water. It is also good to stay close to the vehicle this time of year. Falling in will be more than an inconvenience. Abrams Creek can be a good option. Stay close to the trailhead where the water will be warmer.

Nymphs are going to be the best bet. Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns etc. Add some split shot to get them down. If you do luck up on some rising trout it will likely be BWO or dark caddis/stoneflies that they will be looking for or possibly some tiny midges. I wouldn't count on dries but you never know.

Plan on being here Saturday for our Free Fly Tying Demonstration featuring guide Mike Adams.  Mike is an interesting person to talk to.  He guides on the South Holston and Watauga rivers.  He has his own patterns that have proved to work well.  He will begin tying and talking to you at 10 am and will continue until 2 pm.  It’s free, just show up.

We still have openings in our beginner fly tying class on Saturday February 22nd.  CLICK HERE to read more about it.  Call the shop at 865-448-9459 to enroll.  The cost is $85 and we furnish everything, including lunch.  The class will be taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.

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

Daniel Drake
February 7, 2014

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