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 another cold, gloomy day in Townsend. Every one of these days that passes is one day closer to Spring breezes, daffodils and Quill Gordons.

Water levels in the Little River are very good. The streamflow gauge is reading 2.36 feet or 406 c.f.s. This is still higher than the normal for this date of 285 c.f.s. but the rivers are at a very good fishing level. If only the water was a bit warmer. 41.8 F at the first part of February isn't too bad though....could be worse, we could be frozen over.

There doesn't appear to be too much of a warmup coming anytime soon. The weather forecast for the next week looks to be more of the same. Highs in the low 40's and lows in the 20's. Come on Spring!!!!

A few hardy anglers fished the mountains this weekend. It didn't sound like much catching was going on. Josh Pfeiffer went to Abrams Creek the other day. He said that the fishing was pretty good and they could some trout. There was a Blue Winged Olive (BWO) hatch but no fish were rising. That isn't too surprising for Abrams Creek.

If you head out fishing in the Smokies I would concentrate on the lower elevation streams and not stray too far from the car. Nymph patterns like Prince Nymphs, Tellico Nymphs, Hares Ear, Copper John etc will be best bets. Add some split shot and get the flies down to the bottom where the trout are. Fishing will be best in the middle part of the day when the water is the warmest.

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 10, 2014

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