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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a gorgeous morning here in Townsend. The birds are singing....wild flowers are blooming. High, light clouds are filtering the morning sun.

Water levels are looking better this morning. The streamflow gauge is down to 2.75 feet or 526 c.f.s. The normal for this date is 235 c.f.s. The Little River system is running clear. Water temperatures are doing great also. We had warm over night temperatures so the streams had a chance to warm. The Little River Gauge is giving a reading this morning of 56.1 F.

The streams are still high, but if you are careful and sometimes creative they should be fishable.  I haven't heard many good reports from the last couple of days but the water has really been too high to be good. Over the next couple of days just about everywhere ought to be fishing well. With the warmer temperatures you may even want to try some of the higher elevation brook trout streams.

Lighter colored dry fly patterns have really started to pick up. Anglers are beginning to see some Yellow Sallies (little yellow stoneflies), Cahills, Elk Hair Caddis and still a few March Browns. Sizes are going to range from #12-#16.
The standard nymph patterns continue to work well. BH Prince Nymph, Copper John, Tellico Nymphs, BH Pheasant Tails. Try these in #14-#16.

Byron went this morning to pick up his boat from the shop. It was having carburetor issues. All is supposed to be fixed so he and Paula are going to try for some bass today.

Bill Hey and I keep looking around the Shop for things to move and improve. The fly area is coming along nicely. It will look really sharp when it is done. Lots of changes in the future. There isn't going to be major changes in what is stocked....just how and where it is displayed....hopefully for the better. If not....that is why we use screws and not nails. If something doesn't seem to be working...unscrew it from the floor and move it somewhere else.

If you get the chance to sneak away from work over the next couple of days head for the mountains!

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

Daniel Drake
May 1, 2013

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