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The Fishing Report 05/02/21 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
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55.2 Fahrenheit
1.93 Feet 176 CFS
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17.36"
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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.  Light clouds hang over East Tennessee this morning.  There is rain in the forecast for the next couple of days.  Rain chances aren't 100% and quantities aren't really high so we will have to see what happens. Some rain will be good for the streams.  

Water levels on the Little River is 1.93 feet or 176 c.f.s.  The daily normal is 261 c.f.s.  Streams are clear.

Water temperatures are the same as they were yesterday morning at 55.2F.  The streams warm up during the day and then cool back down overnight.  This daily reset is why we are blessed with trout so far south.

The Cicada invasion will be soon.  Are you ready? This is the Brood X Cicada which are black with orange eyes and accents. The Shop has several different patterns in stock that will work well (not all are named Cicada).  I figure when they trout/bass/catfish/carp are eating them it won't matter which actual pattern you cast at them.  It should be a feeding frenzy.  The big question is how widespread are they going to be.

In the Smokies, we are still chasing wild trout with the old classics.  Light Cahill and Elk Hair Caddis dry flies are working in the afternoons.  Early in the day I would start with nymphs.  It is still cool so early fishing will be best sub surface.  If you can be out in the evening have yellow stonefly patterns.

Wade fishing opportunities on the tailwaters look good today.  There is long stretches of no generation on some and pulses on others.  I've heard that anglers are seeing some nice sulphur hatches on the Clinch.  It isn't often that you get to cast topwater out there.  As always check with the TVA before you go and know that release schedules can change without warning.

Outdoor festivals are happening again.  Yesterday in Tellico Plains was Trout Fest.  I haven't heard from vendors how many attendees there were but hopefully the crowd was good.  Miss Mayfly, Chota, Anglers Sport Group, Syndicate, and Jayson Alexander had booths that I saw on social media.  I saw posts from people who went down there.  It looked like a good time.  A Bigfoot festival is coming to Townsend at the end of May.  May 22nd to be exact.  My wife and daughter really want to go.  I expect and hope that it will be a crazy time.

One other thing of note.  This Wednesday May 5, Vehicle-free Wednesdays will begin in Cades Cove.  This lasts until September 1.  Access to Cades Cove will be limited to walking or bicycles.  It lasts all day as a way to spread out usage instead of the early morning crush of people and the hours of backed up car traffic waiting to get in.  Keep this change in mind if you are planning on fishing Abrams Creek this Summer as you won't be able to easily access it on Wednesdays.  

Stop in and see Dave, Dave and Dennis if you are in Townsend today.  They can point you in the right direction.  Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
May 02, 2021

Respond to: daniel@littleriveroutfitters.com

It is that time of year again.  The Basket Auction for Nurses Week at UT Medical Center is May 3-7. The  baskets will be displayed in the gift shop window At UT Medical Center, in the lobby, and bidding will end Friday, May 7th at noon.

The basket of interest is the "Custom Walter Babb Fly Fishing Basket - Fly Rod and Tied Flies".
Included in the basket is:
Custom 7'9" 2 piece single tip 5 weight bamboo fly rod built by Walter Babb ($850 value, plus a one year wait list for custom rod).  The rod is called the Bradley Fork, a good all-around fly rod for mountain streams or tailwaters.  One of Walter's favorite fly rods.
Hand Tied flies by Walter Babb ($166 value) Includes 4 Dozen Dry Flies: Quill Gordons, Adams, Grey Fox, and Pale Evening Dun (retail value $96). Also includes smallmouth flies with assorted clouser minnows and craw chief (retail value $70).
Total value of the basket: $1,016

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