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.  The sun is shining bright this morning in Townsend. The frost that was predicted for last night wasn't nearly as bad as it was feared. Driving home last night I saw lots of sheet draped plants and flowers in peoples yards. I was hoping that the frost wouldn't be too bad. This is a VERY pretty Spring. The dogwoods and other flowering trees have been gorgeous. I grew up in the upper Midwest and we didn't have very many flowering trees that I can remember. To me, the colors of Spring as so much better than the Fall.

Rain and even a little snow fell yesterday. It didn't end up amounting to much. The water levels in the Little River system rose a little but never to an unfishable level. The biggest problem is the drop in water temperature. This morning the gauge is reading around 45 F which is almost 10 degrees colder than yesterday.
Water levels are good this morning. The gauge is reading 2.20 feet or 335 c.f.s. which is just barely higher than the daily normal of 281 c.f.s. The clarity of the water is good.

An angler stopped in this morning with a fishing report from yesterday. He was fishing nymphs all day and had the best success on larger stonefly patterns sunk with a lot of weight. If you head out today I would start with nymphs. As the water warms look for more surface activity. Stonefly patterns like Princes, Tellicos, Girdle bug style flies are all good. Try the general mayfly nymphs like Hares Ear and Pheasant tails also. After the day begins to warm try some dries like Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute adams.

We sent out a newsletter yesterday afternoon about upcoming fishing schools. The most exciting are the new Intermediate Casting Class, the Nymphing Tactics Class, Aquatic Entomology and Tying Poppers with Anthony Hipps. You can click the link in the graphic below to find out more information about these classes.

Fishing conditions should continue to improve for the rest of the week and should be great for the weekend. We will be closed on Sunday for Easter. Next week the weather looks like it gets even nicer.

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

Daniel Drake
April 16, 2014

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