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The Fishing Report 04/24/21 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
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47.6 Fahrenheit
1.79 Feet 139 CFS
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16.53"
15.96"

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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 9:00 am today a light rain was falling and it is a damp 46 degrees.  Hopefully you haven't packed all your fleece away already.

Today's rain is welcome.  Water conditions in the Smokies were low and clear.  This morning the water flow was 1.79 feet or 139 c.f.s.  This is below the daily normal of 242 c.f.s.  Water temperatures were stable over night keeping them at almost 48F.  

It is currently raining a steady drizzle.  This rain should bring water levels back up to a normal level.  The forecast is calling for a bit more than an inch of rain today which shouldn't cause levels to get too high for fishing over the next several days.

Cold overnight temps have been the biggest issue causing fishing to be tough.  When it is cold at night you don't need to be on the stream at first light.  Give the water a little time to warm.  

Anglers have been reporting seeing a wide variety of bug activity in the Smokies.  March Browns and Hendricksons are still around.  They are also seeing lighter flies such as Cahills and even some Yellow Sally.  Dry patterns like Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators and other attractors are good choices.  A Stimulator or a foam bodied fly is a great option for a dropper rig.

Nymphs continue to work well.  Small Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear and Prince Nymphs are always good choices.  A heavy euro style fly can be very effective on cooler days when the trout are glued to the bottom.  

Fishing conditions can vary greatly from day to day in the mountains.  It is important to stay flexible.  Walter Babb told me once that if you don't have trout rising to a dry fly don't keep changing dries, tie on a nymph.

Wade fishing opportunities on the tailwaters have been good lately.  One of the Clinch guides was in and he was bemoaning the fact that there wasn't good flows for the boats.  That means great flows for those of us who have to don waders.

If you head to the mountains today bring your nymph box and keep an eye on water levels.  If you go to the tailwaters.....same advice.  

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

Daniel Drake
April 24, 2021

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