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. Townend is bright, sunny and cool this morning. I'm telecommuting from home today to do the fishing report. Bill and Bill are holding down the fort.

Not much has changed this week for fishing conditions. Water levels are very good. The gauge this morning is giving a reading of 1.71 feet or 165 c.f.s. This is lower than the daily normal of 241 c.f.s. Water temperatures are excellent at 61F. The streams are very clear right now so the trout are a little more spooky. Use stealth to get close. Concentrate on sections of stream with moving current. If you are out during the middle of the day, pay attention to the shadows.

Most fisherman have been using dry flies. Patterns like Thunderheads, Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulators are all working well. #14 - #16 is a good size range. These bushy patterns work great for floating a dropper.

We have been hearing good reports from all over the Park. I have also heard a few reports of tough fishing. Overall though conditions and catching has been good. The warmwater fishing around the area is excellent also. The smallmouth have been starting to feed on top more.

The weather report is calling for some much needed rain over the next several days. It looks like it might start with afternoon thunderstorms tomorrow and then a chance of rain this weekend. At this point we could use some showers. Tremont will turn to mud as soon as it starts raining since it has been awhile since the last rain. All the dust from the gravel road starts collecting on the trees. After a long dry spell it can almost look like a black and white picture up there. Everything along the road has a thick coat of dust on it. Then just a little rain and it is back to being the lush green paradise that it is.

We still have pleanty of space left in the Popper tying class with Anthony Hipps. 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.

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

Daniel Drake
May 8, 2014 

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