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. The sun is shingin this morning here in Townsend. This report is running a little late so I'll keep it brief.

Water levels in the Smokies are great! The streamflow gauge is giving a reading of 2.07' or 284 c.f.s. This is below the daily normal of 375 c.f.s. by just a little. The streams are flowing clear so be stealthy. Water temperatures are doing pretty well also at around 47F. These cool temps mean that fishing will still be best in the afternoons.

We have already had quite a few anglers through the door this morning. Spring break is happening around the region over the next few weeks. That always brings people out.

There is a couple of guys in town from Kentucky. They hiked all the way into Fish Camp Prong the other day. The fishing made the walk worth their while. That is such a hard hike......not because of trail difficulty...but because you have to walk past so much good water to get there. If you are going, take a backpack for your waders and lunch and strap the rod to the side of the pack. If your rod is rigged up you are going to have a tough time making the distance before you can't take it anymore and have to fish.

Nymph patterns are going to be the best bet if you get started early in the day. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Hares Ear and Quill Gordon Wet flies are excellent choices.As the day warms look for rising trout. Quill Gordon dries in the #10-#14 range and Blue Quills in the #16-#20 would be my first choices. Some anglers are still doing well on darker colored Elk Hair Caddis also.

We have a Beginner Fly Fishing School coming up on March 29. The cost is $125 for this comprehensive class. The class is limited to 8 students with 2 instructors so give us a call to reserve your spot.

I better wrap this up and go sell some flies. Fishing should be very good over the next couple of days. Friday looks to be warm and sunny. Sounds like a good time to trade in a personal day.

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

Daniel Drake
March 19, 2014

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