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. I saw the sun for a brief while this moring driving to work. I know it is still the middle of Winter but I'm over it and can't wait till Spring.

The weather forecast for today is calling for temperatures in the mid 40's and overcast. That should continue for a couple of days then the the middle of the week they are calling for more precipitation.

Water levels in the Little River system are looking good. The streamflow gauge this morning is reading 2.45 feet or 450 c.f.s. This is still a little above the normal flow for this date of 280 c.f.s. Water temperatures have been stable over the last couple of days, hovering around 40F. These are still cold water temps so the trout won't be too active. Stability is good though. When things are consistent the trout get used to it and tend to resume more normal behaviors.

Clicking on the TVA links to the dam release schedules it looks like there could be some good fishing on the tailwaters.....except for the Clinch. Norris is still running 2 or more. We are blessed here in East Tennessee to have such a variety of fishing opportunities. Between the mountain streams and the tailwater rivers there is almost always somewhere to go to catch trout.

If you head to the Smokies today stick to the lower elevation rivers. There isn't much point to go really high in elevation. All you are going to find up there right now is COLD. Nymph patterns are going to be the best bet. Have some larger stonefly patterns along but still have the box stocked with all the normal patterns. Copper Johns, Tellico Nymphs, Pheasant Tails are all excellent choices. Don't forget the split shot. You will need it to get the flies down.

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. Have a fun day if you head to the mountains.

Daniel Drake
February 9, 2014

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