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 cold and grey here in Townsend. The sun is supposed to come out later but it won't warm things up much.

David Perry is here for today's FREE Fly Tying Demo. He is going to be tying a variety of flies but especially some flies for musky. Stop by if you are out this way. When you stop in don't forget to sign up for the $100 Gift Card Giveaway.

Water levels are still very good. The streamflow gauge this morning is at 2.29 feet or 374 c.f.s. This is just above the daily normal of 312 c.f.s. Water temperature rose a little from yesterday. It is still cold but 40 degrees is better than 36.

Most all of the roads in the Smokies are closed at this time. You can drive up Tremont Road to the Institute but that is as far as you can get. If you are headed anywhere in the Park this time of year it is a good idea to call the road info line and make sure things are open. 865-436-1200 or go to

If you head out to the river today to fish, nymphs are going to be your best bet. Don't get out too early. Hopefully the sun will come out and begin to warm things up. This next week is supposed to be much warmer. Hopefully it will get the bugs moving.

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.

Byron should be back to the Fishing Report tomorrow morning. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
February 15, 2014

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