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 Smokies. The sky is bright and clear. That is a change from yesterday's crazy weather. Just standing, yesterday, looking out the window you could watch the weather change from it snowing so heavy that you couldn't see the road, to the next moment you had to shade your eyes because the sun was blindingly bright. The only constant yesterday was the wind.

Today is much nicer. The air is cold but the sun is out so it feels better. The high today is only going to get into the high 40's. We should see a warming trend over the next couple of days. They are calling for rain on Friday and Saturday but we could actually use a bit. Rain fall totals so far this year are 2 inches behind normal. I'm not going to complain......last year at this point we had had 7 inches more than the normal amount.

Water temperatures took a nose dive over night. This morning the gauge is giving a reading of around 39F. This is much colder than the 50's that we saw earlier in the week. Water levels are still very good though a bit below normal. The streamflow gauge is giving the reading of 1.85 feet or 208 c.f.s. The normal for this date is 347 c.f.s.

Cold water temps means sluggish trout. Fishing will likely be slow this morning. Use nymphs and a lot of split shot to get down in the water. Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Stonefly patterns etc will be the best bet. The mayflies have been hatching so they can't really stop. Look for struggling bugs later in the day. Dry patterns continue to be Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Blue Duns. Start picking up some Dark Hendricksons and Red Quills in preparation for the transition into those mayflies. A good selection of Elk Hair Caddis is always good to have. Attractor type patterns like Parachute Adams, Thunderheads and Royal Wulffs are always good to have in the box.

Our first Beginner Fly Fishing Class is this Saturday. There is still space left in both days of the class. We also have one coming up on April 5 and 6.

i'm going to be working on updating the School section on our website. We have some exciting new stuff happening this Spring and Summer. Rob Fightmaster is going to be helping us with the schools in a much great capacity. We are going to be offering a Nymphing Class, an Intermediate Casting Class, Aquatic Entomology, a Popper Tying Class with Anthony Hipps and some Beginner and Intermediate Tying Classes this Summer. We are also going to have some FREE introductory Beginner Fly Fishing sessions.

I better wrap this up before it gets too late. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
March 26, 2014

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