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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a beautiful Sunday morning here in Townsend. The air is cool and the sky is clear. The high temperatures today are going to be in the low 80's. It is a perfect day to spend in the mountains.

Fishing is....well....excellent! Water levels are great. The gauge this morning is giving a reading of 1.83 feet or 201 c.f.s. This is just a little below the normal flow for today of 273 c.f.s. Water temperatures are excellent also at 55F.

Anglers have been generally reporting very good fishing in the Smokies. I have heard good things from the Little River all the way up to Elkmont and above. The Middle Prong (Tremont) is as good as ever. The West Prong of the Little Pigeon and Walker Camp Prong have been doing good also. Even the North Carolina side of the Park is doing very good.

Looking at the tailwater release schedules it looks like there is even fishing to be done on the Clinch, Holston and Hiwassee. The weather looks consistent for the next several days so all this great fishing will continue.

People are starting to see the first few Yellow Sallies out on the rivers of the Smokies. Light Cahills and Light Hendrickson have been good too. The good dry fly pattern standards like Thunderheads, Elk Hair Caddis etc have all been doing good. #14 - #16 is going to be a good range to be in.
Don't forget about the nymphs though. If you aim is more fish and possibly even larger trout put on a nymph or atleast add a dropper to your dry fly. Hares Ear, Prince Nymphs, Tellico Nymph, Copper Johns and even Green Weenies will all be good choices. #14 - #18 is a good range.

The Nymphing Tactics class we held yesterday was a success. All the students had a good time and learned a lot of things about fishing nymphs. We'll have another later in the year before the Fall fishing picks up. Keep an eye on the schedule for that.

The Popper tying class with Anthony Hipps is coming up soon. This class is a bargain at $65. You will learn how to tie Anthony's Soft-Bodied Poppers. While not an advanced class, this class requires that you have a basic knowledge of fly tying techniques. All the tools and materials will be provided and even lunch. Please call us to reserve a spot. 865-448-9459.

It has been a busy day downstair which is why this report is so late in getting posted. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
May 4, 2014 

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