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 raining. Not a bad rain though....just a steady drizzle. At this point we can actually use the rain since we are 2 inches below normal for rainfall. At this time last year we had received over 24 inches of rain. I definitely don't want a repeat of that. This rain is only supposed to last for a few hours giving the mountains a drink without the flash floods. Always keep mindful of water levels and flows when you are fishing. If the clarity changes, and especially if you start to see debris in the stream, get to the road or trailside bank. You don't want to be on the wrong side of the stream if a flood of water comes down.

Water levels this morning (before the rain) are almost perfectly normal. The gauge was giving a reading of 1.99 feet or 254 c.f.s. The average flow for today is 251 c.f.s. Water temperatures are good also coming in at almost 56 F this morning. Expect the water to muddy up a bit as the rain continues. The color won't likely last too long.

Days like this can go either way for fishing. The dark, cloudy skies are going to reduce shadows and make the larger trout a bit more willing to come out and feed. Some color to the water will help obscure things also and make them less spooky. Rainy days can be epic. They can also be cold, wet and miserable. It is a gamble you have to be willing to take. If you don't go you can guarantee that your catch will be zero.

In the rain nymphs are much better than dries for the simple fact that it is difficult to keep a dry fly on top of the water when it is being pummelled by rain drops. If the water gets cloudy try some big stonefly nymphs. Not tailwater big (#14), I mean Smoky Mountains big like a #8 or #6.

After the rain clears out look for the dry fly action to return. Anglers have been doing pretty well fishing dries. A guy I talked to over the weekend caught a big rainbow on the Little River using an Orange Stimulator. This is a great time of year to fish a dropper. Put something you can see like a Stimulator, big parachute or Wulff pattern, on top and run a nymph down below.

TroutFest is coming up this Friday night. There is still tickets available. They are $50 a ticket and the money raised goes to help fund fisheries work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet you can give us a call here at the Shop - 865-448-9459.

We are holding our first Intermediate Casting Class Saturday the 25th. This will be an excellent way for you to improve you fly fishing skills. The class costs $100. Right now it is looking like it will be a small class so you will get tons of instruction. Click on the button in the ad below to learn more.

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

Daniel Drake
April 22, 2014

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