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. Clouds have moved into the area this morning. Rain isn't supposed to start until this evening. Rain will be a welcomed change.

Water levels are getting a bit low. The streamflow gauge is giving a reading of 1.68 feet or 156 c.f.s. This is lower than the daily normal of 225 c.f.s. With the water levels low and streams so clear you really need to be extra stealthy. Water temperatures are excellent right now. If the air temp is hot, wet wading might be very comfortable.

Fishing reports continue to be good. A fisherman stopped in this morning to tell me about his trip up Sam's Creek. He went pretty far back and picked up a few trout before noon. After noon things really picked up for him and he caught a good number of trout, all on dries.

The dry patterns have started to go lighter in color. Tans and yellows are an excellent choice. Yellow Sallies are sporadically beginning to hatch. They are going to be in the #14 to #16 size range.

Nymphs are still fishing good. Try dropping a smaller nymph like a hares ear or even a Green Weenie below a Stimulator or Wulff pattern.

Our new Ross Reels representative came by the Shop on Wednesday. He works out in Colorado at the Ross factory. Ross is working hard on getting back to where they used to be. One major thing that they are working on is their Heritage Series reels. The first of these is the return of the Gunnison Reel. The Gunnison had been gone for years but now it is coming back. They are doing a limited run of Gunnison 1, 2, and 3. They won't be available till the middle of June but I've already got a few on order so we'll have some to sell. I've always really liked the Ross Reels. All of our flyfishing school reels are Ross. I'm really glad they were purchased by folks that know the reel business and want to restore Ross to its former glory.

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 9, 2014 

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