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The Fishing Report 05/03/21 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 9:00 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second

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Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt

57.9 Fahrenheit
1.92 Feet 173 CFS
6:41
8:25
17.36"
17.23"

 
 
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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.  Dark dun clouds loomed ominous on the western horizon.  There are thunderstorms in the forecast for today and tomorrow.

Water levels on Little River are good this morning.  The gauge is reading 1.92 feet or 173 c.f.s.  The daily normal is 260 c.f.s.  Water levels could rise sharply today if we get hit with a storm.  Keep an eye on flows if you go.

Water temperatures are good at 57.9 F.  Temps have been consistent over the past few days.  Consistency is good.

Nymph fishing has been good.  Local guide Pat Tully made the drive over the mountains to the North Carolina side of the Park and nymphed up a monster brown on his euro nymph set up.

We have been seeing a wide variety of bugs hatching on Smokies streams.  Al sent me a picture of a dark colored maybe golden stonefly.  A stimulator or a Chernobyl pattern works perfect to match them.  Light colored mayflies all also emerging.

Tom, our Winston rep, was in this morning.  He had a new rod to show us.  It is nice.  He asked what I thought about it.  I said it is a Winston.  Those of you that know and love Winston will know from that review EXACTLY how it casts.  It is buttery smooth, can be cast short but also has the power to put the line at distance.  The rod is beautiful with the classic Winston green color with a nickle silver and wood seat.  It is 100% Winston, as it should be. 

The dark clouds have rolled into Townsend.  Now looking across the highway we can see the rain starting.  Sideways sheets.  Check the stream flow gauge and radar before you make decisions today.

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.  

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

Daniel Drake
May 03, 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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