Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is out this morning but it is colder than we have recently become accustomed to. It is forecast to be partly cloudy today and tomorrow then rain will move in for the weekend.

We got 0.60 inches of rain here at the Shop in the last 24 hours. Water levels in the Little River spiked a bit but are already back down some. Water levels are looking good. The are 2.48' on the gauge with a flow of about 380 cfs. The main prong of Little River (left at the Y) was running with a little dark color but that should clear out as the day progesses. Middle Prong and West Prong were both flowing clear.
According to the Smokies weather report, more rain fell in the Little Pigeon systems. There was just less than an inch of rain at Mt. LeConte and 0.82" at Newfound Gap. Streams in that section of the Park will be slightly higher.

Fishing reports are still mixed. The one consistent thread running throughout is that the trout are feeding better in the afternoon and evening. Water temps are still cool so the later it gets the warmer the water and more active the trout will be.
I would have a mix of dry patterns and nymphs. Good dries to have would be: Quill Gordon (10-14), Blue Quill (16-18), Blue Dun (12-16), Parachute Adams (12-18), Elk Hair Caddis in brown, olive, peacock or dun (14-16), Red Quills (12-14), Dark Hendrickson (12-14). For Nymphs: either Bead Head or non-bead head: Pheasant Tail (12-16), Prince Nymph (12-16), Hares Ear (12-16), Copper John in copper or red (14-16).

Road construction continues at the Townsend entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. TDOT is replacing the bridge that crosses Little River to get to the last campground outside the Park. In order to have enough space for the large equipment, they have the road closed down to one lane. There is a stop light controlling traffic. I have been through it several times and so far it has been no big deal. Later this Spring it might cause a headache as thousands of people try to get to Cades Cove. If you are headed towards Gatlinburg or Elkmont you find it a few minutes quicker to go into Wears Valley and cut into the Park via Lyons Spring Road.

If you get the chance to play hookie today or Friday I would take it. Get out on the river and enjoy the Spring fishing!

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

Daniel Drake
March 24, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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