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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The storms took their sweet time getting here yesterday but they did finally arrive. Lots of wind and lighting but thankfully not too much rain. There was 0.5 inches in the gauge here at the Shop. The Knoxville Airport reported 1.05 inches. Checking the Smokies weather info I'd steer clear of the streams on Mt. LeConte. Sugarlands reported 1.03", Newfound Gap reported 1.87" and Mt. LeConte reported 2.18". That is going to put a lot of water in those streams.

The Little River this morning was flowing high at a level of 3.33 feet or 875 c.f.s. The average flow for this date is 317 c.f.s. Water temperatures are still very good at 57.5F.
All of the prongs of the Little River are going to be very high today. Fishing will be difficult at best. Stay out of the water as much as possible.

Nymph patterns with lots of split shot to get them down are going to be your best bet if you go fishing today. Before the high water dry patterns were working well. Patterns to have along would be March Browns in the #10-#12 sizes. Darker colored elk hair caddis like brown, olive or dun in #14-#16. Parachute Adams are always good. Wet flies and soft hackle flies can be excellent dropper flies this time of year.

Well this has been a short report but it is getting late and I'm sure people want to see what conditions are like. Water is careful if you go.

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

Daniel Drake
April 12, 2013

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