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 a little warmer this morning. Atleast it is above freezing. Spring is coming has to be coming... I saw a patch of daffodils in someones front yard this morning on my drive in. They were that bright cheery yellow of Spring....unfortunately they were all wilted over from last night's frost. I saw a quote on Facebook a few days ago that said "I can't wait for this cold Winter to I can start complaining about how hot the Summer is."

The weather should warm a bit over the next few days. The forecast is calling for highs in the mid 50's to the 60's. Overnight temps are still going to fall to close to freezing. That isn't going to help water temperatures too much but atleast it shouldn't set them back too bad either. Our rainfall totals this year have been much better than last year. We have had 9.01 inches which is almost perfectly normal. Last year at this time we had over 15 inches.

Water levels in the Smokies streams are great. The flow gauge for the Little River is giving a reading of 2.02 feet or 265 c.f.s. This is just a little below the normal for this date of 349 c.f.s. Water temps are still low at 41 F. They will warm as the day goes on.

We still haven't been seeing a bunch of anglers yet. The ones who are going are having mixed results. This time of year you have to temper your expectations. Being out on the river on a nice late Winter day needs to be the main purpose. Conditions are still tough. The fisherman who are doing the best are still catching trout on nymphs and wet flies. The bugs are getting more prolific but the trout aren't eating the adults with any great consistency.

When you head to the stream make sure you are current with your fishing license. ALL Tennessee licenses expired on the last day of February. There is no changes to license costs this year.

Our first Beginner Fly Fishing class is coming up in 2 weeks on the 15th. If you have been thinking about getting started fly fishing a class is the best way. Rob Fightmaster is going to be working with us this year on the classes. The price for the class is $125.00. That includes a full day of instruction here at our store and even lunch. Space is limited so please give us a call to reserve a spot.

There is a box of Wapsi tying materials down stairs calling me name....I better get down there and take care of it.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
March 5, 2014

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