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 Smoky Mountains. It is sunny and 55 degrees in Townsend this morning. What a beautiful Spring day. Last night, the may apples popped out of the ground. I saw them for the fist time this year on my way to work. The grass along the road sparkled where the sun was shining on the dew covered ground. You can see every color of blooms everywhere you look. What a great time to be in Townsend.
Little River looks great. Flow is 374 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.29 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 317 cfs. The water temperature at 7:55 am is 53.3 degrees.
Fly fishing in the Smokies is going to be awesome this weekend. Anglers I talked to last evening did well yesterday. We’ve got plenty of water, no shortage of that but we are pretty close to median flow for April. The water temperature is good too. Yesterday, the temp in Little River at the “Y” peaked at 56 degrees. It will be even warmer today.
Fishing will be excellent early and late. During mid-day you should try to find shaded water. Or, concentrate on the broken water. Trout are spooky about rising to the surface when the sun is bright. When the trees are covered with leaves that won’t be as much of a problem.
Fish with dry flies, nymphs or a combination of both. There is plenty of aquatic insect activity in the streams right now. The trout are hungry and looking for food. I would either use a Parachute Adams in various sizes or Elk Hair Caddis. A tan Neversink Caddis would be a super searching pattern. You might even try yellow. You never know.
The high temperature today and tomorrow will be around 80 degrees. Nighttime lows will be in the 50’s here in the valley. Water temperatures in the lower elevations should reach the optimum range of 58 degrees or warmer. I can’t think of better conditions except for cloud cover. It is going to rain Monday and turn colder mid-week. The National Weather Service is predicting frost again Wednesday morning.
Caddis are hatching on the Holston River according to Josh Pfeiffer. He and his partner have been taking clients there lately and he was pumped yesterday when we spoke. The trout are running very large too. He said they are catching more 18” rainbows than usual.
I heard about a place on Little River, way downstream, where a huge number of smallmouth bass spawn. Evidently it is a large eddy. Mike came by yesterday and mentioned it. We decided to give it a try when the water warms a little. I don’t know exactly where it is and I have not been there. The way he talked, it sounded like hundreds of bass spawn there. Sounds like a salmon run to me.
Lefty Kreh sent me an e-mail yesterday. He is 89 years old and going strong. He talked about a television show they do every year with celebrities. They fish in the Bahamas and use the show to raise money for bonefish research. This year, Huey Lewis and John Belushi will join them to film the show.
Glenn just came in to work. He fished with Mike Bone on the Holston River this week. He backed up what Josh told me. They caught some big trout.
It is fly fishing time in East Tennessee. This is the perfect weekend.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
April 12, 2014
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