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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee. It is another beautiful clear morning. The air is just cool enough for a light jacket or long sleeve shirt. This is going to change as we get later in the day. The forecast is calling for temperatures in the upper 80's.

Water temperatures this morning at the gauge on Little River was 59.9F. This will rise as the day continues. It might stil be a little cool for wet wading but that is definitely just around the corner. I like wet wading....just getting out there in the water without the extra bulk of the waders. It won't be long now.

Water flows are great. The Little River is flowing at 291 CFS or a height of 2.10 feet on the gauge. This is just slightly higher than the average flow of 224 CFS. The streams are running clear. Bill Bolinger fished over on the North Carolina side of the Park on Saturday. He said the water was up some from normal over there. This time of year water levels depend on where the last thunderstorm hit.

Fishing ought to be great in the Smokies today. All of the streams and watersheds have been fishing well. Where to go wil simply depend on: how much time you far you are will to far you would like to walk....what species you want to catch. I don't think you can go too wrong no matter where you head.
I would start with nymphs if you are heading out early. A BH Pheasant Tail or Prince Nymph will work well. Soft Hackle flies can be excellent this time of year. As the day warms I would switch over to dry flies. Light Cahills, Sulphurs, Yellow Stoneflies and various other insects have been hatching. Sizes ranging from #12 - #16

Byron is out on the lake today fishing for some smallmouth. He'll be back tomorrow doing the fishing report. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
April 30, 2012  



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