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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sky above Townsend is overcast but still bright. Traffic on the roads continues to be light. That won't pick up until Spring Break. We had a nicely busy day here at the Shop yesterday. The Beginner Fly Tying Class was full and we also had Tim Doyle and John Thurman tying flies.

The weather forecast is calling for chances of rain for most of the week. Highs are supposed to be in the 50's. I could definitely go for no rain.

Water levels in the Smokies are excellent. The streamflow gauge this morning was reading 2.26 feet or 280 c.f.s. right at normal. Water temperatures are still cool at around 43F.

Fishing in the Smokies continues to be tough. Anglers are catching trout but they are having to work for it. Nymphs sunk to the bottom are going to be your best bet. If you are out in the late afternoon you might possibly luck onto some dry fly action. Look for sunny spots where the streams have had a chance to warm some.

I still don't have a good answer on the question of Winter water color. It makes good sense that there must be some kind of algea or other suspended solid in the water. Light conditions are different with a lower sun angle. The problem with something being in the water is that colder water isn't supposed to hold suspended solids as well as warmer water. Maybe someone out there in cyber space will know.

Next Saturday is our Intermediate Fly Tying Class. There is still plenty of space left. If you want to sign up just give us a call.

Byron is going to be back at the helm tomorrow.

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

Daniel Drake
February 10, 2013

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