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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a nice Spring morning here in Townsend. Byron has donned his camo and is off to turkey camp. I'll be doing the Fishing Report for the next few days. It is not likely to get posted at 7:40AM like Byron does.

The mountains are turning green, finally. I noticed that the dogwood out in front of my house has started to bloom. Driving along Little River Road I saw trillium and some other wildflowers.

Water levels are perfect. The streamflow gauge is reading 2.34 feet or 331 c.f.s. this morning. The median level for this date is 324 c.f.s. Water temperatures are doing great also at 57.8F. The weather forecast is calling for storms later this afternoon and a near 100% chance of rain tonite. There is a long band of weather making its way across Tennessee right now. No chance it is going to miss.

Tuesday night I snuck away and got to cast a fly. I got about half way to the stream and realized that I had my 2wt Helios rod.......and the lightest reel I had was for my 4wt rod (which didn't happen to be with). I was going to make it work. The Helios is a powerful 2wt and it did a great job casting the heavier line. Of course since I didn't have to cast more than about 10 to 15 feet I wasn't far enough into the taper of the line to make much difference.
I ducked into the Park through the Wears Cove Entrance and thought about fishing Metcalf Bottoms. The water there always looks so pretty. The stream was empty of anglers. Instead I drove up the river a ways. A few mayflies were around as I got ready. Making my way down to the stream I spotted some small dark caddis. I tied on a March Brown dry fly in a size #12. I wanted something I could see. About the third cast a little brown ate. It wasn't big, maybe 5 inches but I could EVERY brown I land as a prize. More strikes and several small rainbows followed. I missed several better fish but I think I found the nursery.
The best action I was getting was in moving current near the rougher water. The drift seemed to make more difference than fly. I changed a few times, to a Stimulator (I always have to try a stimulator), to a Hi-Vis BWO, but the March Brown did the best for me. I probably would have caught more fishing a nymph or atleast a dry / dropper but I just wanted to cast a dry.

I drove back to Townsend down the Little River and just below the Park entrance I saw it. The first tubers. These three people had to be tough. I was wearing waders to get in the stream and my legs were still chilly. There is no way I'd be hanging my rear through a tube this early in the season. I guess it's true what they say.... If your gonna be dumb you better be tough.

Keep an eye on the weather. Depending on how much rain we get the streams are going to rise. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
April 11, 2013

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