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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful morning here in Townsend. The sky is clear and the sun is shining bright. Highs today are going to be in the mid 50's. It will be a great day to be outside.

Tim Doyle and John Thurman are here today to do a FREE Fly Tying Demo. If you are out this way they will be tying from 10 am until 2 pm. That gives you time to stop by, watch and learn and still have time to make it to the river for some Winter trout fishing.

Water levels are about perfect. The stream flow gauge is reading 2.31 feet or 299 c.f.s. The streams are flowing clear. Yesterday's rain didn't do much of anything to stream levels. Water temperatures did drop some yesterday and overnight. The temperature at the gauge was around 42.3F this morning. Temps should rise as the day continues.

Nymphs are going to be the best bet if you head out earlier in the day. Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Copper John, etc. You'll want to have some split shot with to get them down.
Later this afternoon you might tie on a dry just to give it a shot. BWO, or a darker colored caddis might be good options. Parachute adams are always hard to beat.

We want to welcome Bill Hey back to Little River Outfitters. For the last while he has been fighting Gatlinburg traffic, working at NOC's Great Outpost. He is back with us now and we are happy to have him.

This morning, Glenn brought up my comment about the emerald colored streams. I think I'm going to ask John Thurman what he knows on the subject. If I find a good answer I'll let you know. I'm going to wrap this up so I can go watch some fly tying. Thank you for reading the fishing report and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
February 9, 2013

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