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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. A light rain is still falling here in Townsend. The rain gauge only had 0.06" in it this morning. I drove up into the Park this morning to check on the water clarity. I love the color of streams this time of year. They are clear and have that emerald green color to them. I've still never heard exactly what causes that. Despite the rain, Little River, Middle Prong of Little River and West Prong of Little River are all still flowing clear.

Water levels haven't changed much since yesterday. The gauge is reading 2.32 feet or 303 c.f.s. The median flow for this date is 300 c.f.s. so we are right on track. Water temperatures climbed a bit yesterday up to 45.9F

Fishing continues to be tough. That is fairly normal for this time of year. Anglers are catching some trout though. You just have to get out there and put in your time. Mostly it is an excuse to get out of the house.

Nymph patterns will be the best choice most of the day. BH Prince Nymphs, BH Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Tellico Nymphs in the #12-#16 range should do well. Add some split shot and get them down. When the water is cold most trout aren't going to move too far to eat.
Tomorrow is going to be sunny so I'd have some dries with just in case. A little sun on the water can cause just enough spike in water temperatures to get things active. Dry patterns to have would be Parachute Adams, BWO, dark colored caddis patterns, in sizes ranging from #14-#18.

Tomorrow should be a busy day here at the Shop, atleast for part of the day. We have a Beginning Fly Tying class going on and it is full of students. Also, John Thurman and Tim Doyle are going to be here for another Free Fly Tying Demo. They will be tying from 10 am till 2 pm. Just stop by, pour a cup of coffee and settle in for a fun time.

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

Daniel Drake
February 8, 2013

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