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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report. It is another gorgeous day in Townsend. A thin haze filters the sunlight and tries to obscure the few broken clouds in an otherwise blue sky. We have a fly fishing school today. All the students arrived on time and Glenn and I got everyone checked in and on their way in record time.

Little River is flowing at a near perfect level. The flow height is 2.08 feet with a rate of 284 cfs. This is just slightly higher than the normal for this date of 272 cfs. The rivers are all running very clear.

The weather forecast for the next week isn't calling for much rain. Despite being above normal for the rainfall totals getting rain would be a help. Overnight low temperatures aren't supposed to be as low as we experienced last week so that will help water temperatures recover.

Fishing in the Smokies has been good overall. Mornings have been fishing slow. Getting out on the stream a bit later will allow them to warm a bit and let the trout become more active. Nymph patterns will be the way to go early. As it gets to the afternoon look for some Cahills and possibly even a few Yellow Sallies. Parachute Adams and Caddis are still producing well.

I better get this posted before it is too terribly late. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
April 14, 2012

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