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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. The sky was slate grey this morning and rain was falling as I drove in to work. The rain has eased now. There was 0.12 inches of rain in the gauge.

Water levels are up just a tick from yesterday to 2.01 feet or 211 cfs. This is still under the normal for today of 224cfs. This mornings rain may bring water levels up some more but unless we get some major rain this afternoon I doubt a rise in water levels will do anything except help the fishing.

Fishing in the Smokies continues to be excellent. We are passing out of the full moon which will help the catching. Most all of the streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been fishing well. It is that time of year where you can fish almost anywhere you like. The lower elevation streams continue to fish well, especially later in the day. The high elevations for brook trout are doing great. If you have the notion to hike, the Little River above Elkmont, Bradley Fork upstream of Smokemont Campground and Deep Creek above the Deep Creek Campground are all excellent destinations for a hiking/fishing excursion.

Yellow flies are the big part of the fly selections right now. Light Cahills and Sulphur patterns are great for the mayflies. Yellow or tan Elk Hair Caddis have been doing good. Yellow Sallies are doing great. There is a wide variety of patterns which work during the Yellow Sally hatch. Stimulators and Neversink Caddis Yellow are some of my favorite. I like patterns which float well on the water and most importantly ...ones I can see. Keep the Frog's Fanny or Top Ride handy to keep those flies floating high.
Terrestrial patterns like the Green Weenie, ants and beetles are excellent right now. Don't leave the nymph box home either. A BH Pheasant Tail dropper can be an excellent way to hedge your bets.

TroutFest is coming up fast. We have been busy making orders and now as all that merchandise shows up I'm busy getting it out of the boxes and on the shelves. A box from Abel arrived yesterday afternoon containing some of the Abel Nippers. There is Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout patterns as well as some plain black ones. These are slick tools. They are machined from barstock aluminum in the USA.

Byron is off fishing today and tomorrow with his buddy Frank. I'll be off tomorrow too so Byron is going to write the Report before they head out.

Troutfest is less than two weeks away.  We are hoping for a big crowd.  Banquet tickets are selling slow.  We base our food and beverage purchases on our ticket sales so, if you plan to go to the banquet, you should buy your tickets now ONLINE HERE.  Later next week we won’t be selling them online because they are mailed to you.  And at some point we will determine how many people we are going to feed and cut off tickets sales when that point is reached.  So, if you want to go, do something now or you might miss out on a great time.  You can also call the shop 877-448-3474.  We can take your ticket order and either mail them to you or hold them here.

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

Daniel Drake
May 9, 2012

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