Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is another beautiful Spring morning here in Townsend. We passed Byron and Paula on the road this morning. They had the boat hooked up and were headed to the lake. It should be a nice day to be out on the water.

It is going to be a warm today. The weather forecast is calling for it to get to almost 80F. The next several days should be like this with only chances for rain. Watching the weather on the news last night they said our best chance for heavier rains won't be till Friday.

Water levels are very good. The streamflow gauge is reading 2.41 feet or 430 c.f.s. The average flow for this date is 352 c.f.s. so we are just a little above normal. Snow must have melted yesterday because the gauge reading this morning is just a notch higher than it was yesterday morning. Water temperatures didn't seem to be affected much. This morning they are starting out at 48.5 F.

Fishing conditions in the Smokies are pretty much excellent. Some anglers might find the water levels a little high but they are at a good fishing level for most. Water temps are improving everyday. Fisherman who returned to the Shop yesterday afternoon were catching some trout but nobody was really killing it. They all mentioned that there was a bunch of people on the water.

If you are looking for a place to get away from folks, take a look at the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. Don't go all the way to the top to the brook trout water right now. It is still going to be cold up there. There is miles of river just off the side of the road. You have to hike a little ways down through the woods but you will find more solitude without a huge amount of effort. It is all rainbow trout over there. For much of the way there is Quiet Walkway trails along the river side. As you get higher up the mountain you the stream gets more gradient which means a bit more climbing over boulders.

A shipment of Winston rods arrived yesterday. There is a couple of Boron IIIX's and one of their newest Boron LS. It is a very sweet casting slower action rod. 8 foot 4 weight. Absolutely perfect for the mountains. Winston's are one of those brand which has a following. The best way to describe how the rods cast is to say "they cast like a Winston." People who have cast and fished them know what you mean. They have this buttery smooth casting stroke. Even a "fast" Winston is more like Sage's or Orvis' medium rods. The finish on the rods is top notch also. Winston Green.

If you have the opportunity to get to the mountains today I would take it. The wildflowers are beginning to bloom and the bugs are hatching. It is important to take advantage of these pretty days. You never know when it is going to decide to snow again and before you know it we will be complaining how hot it is.

Our Beginner Fly Fishing Schools have started up for the Spring. We have one coming up this weekend and there is still space available. Just give a call.

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

Daniel Drake
April 2, 2014

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