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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The air is cool this morning. Thin clouds are filtering the sun. Dogwoods and Redbuds are blooming. Most people think Fall is the prettiest season. I prefer Spring. The trees are flowering and the others are that fresh bright green. Yes, Fall has the splashy reds and oranges...but all it takes is one rainy, windy day and that is all gone. In the Spring the bright greens mean longer days and more time to be outside.

Water levels are better than yesterday but they are still on the high side. This morning the gauge is reading 2.71 feet or 505 c.f.s. This is higher than the normal flow of 276 c.f.s. The streams are running clear.

Water temperatures climbed up a little yesterday in the sun, but overnight they dropped right back down again. These cooler water temps have kept the hatches from being very prolific. It is probably better to keep the cooler temperatures for longer. Too hot too early isn't a good thing.

The weather forecast for the coming week looks nice. It depends on which one you are looking at as far as what kind of high temps they are calling for. is saying 70's to 80's. WeatherUnderground is saying 80's to 90. I'm going to go with the forecast. I like the way it sounds better. Can't change what is going to happen anyway.

I didn't speak with anyone that was fishing yesterday so no new intel to share. Water levels have stabilized since the rain so I would expect fishing today to be more consistent. If you head out earlier in the day try some nymph patterns. BH Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Prince Nymphs, etc in the #14-16 range should be good. You can also try a soft hackle or wet fly as a dropper.
Dry patterns continue to be March Browns, Elk Hair Caddis, some Hendricksons, and general attractors like Parachute Adams. Most in the #10-#14 range. On the Caddis I would go smaller, maybe a #16.

Tennessee has been trying to get wine sales in grocery stores. The biggest opponents to it seems to be the wine stores. I realized last night that their plight is not much different from that of the independant fly shop. Big corporate stores like Bass Pro, etc come into an area and the little shops fear going out of business. In the course of a year or so, we got a Bass Pro, Gander Mountain, Orvis Company Store all in a close proximity. I feel like we have been better for it. We looked at it as an opportunity to improve ourselves. We focused on what we do better, tackle, tying materials and flies, and let some things that we didn't do as well (clothing) go. Oh, back to my original point... I stopped at the wine shop in Brown's Creek Shopping Center in Maryville last night. I'm not a wine connoisseur by any means so I asked the guy at the counter about it. He gave me the kind of information you would never be able to get at a big grocery store. It was like how we sell flies or gear...find out what the customer is wanting and needing and while answering questions and explaining why help them find the right thing.....not the most expensive thing. Smaller, specialty places can give you that personal insight that you can't get from the internet or even most large places.
We try to give our best to all of our customers whether they are standing in the store, or at their computer in Ohio. Every sale and customer is appreciated.

Looking at the clock it is getting late. Byron will be back writing the report tomorrow. It has been a fun couple of days. Take some time to get on the water this week. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
April 14, 2013


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