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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 60 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I drove past the Troutfest site.  I couldn’t see any volunteers but I bet they are there.  Daniel and I are here early trying to get everything ready at the shop. 

Little River is flowing at 2.08 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 229 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:40 am was 59.5 degrees. 

I talked to some customers from Kentucky who have been in the backcountry all week, 7 miles above Elkmont.  They said the fishing was unbelievable.  These guys started fishing with dry flies at about 10:00 am every morning.  The trout were taking dry flies right from the beginning.  They caught fish all day, every day.  These guys usually go to Eagle Creek this week every year.  They said they will be coming here from now on.

Fishing is excellent in the Smokies right now.  It should be.  The conditions are conducive to catching plenty of trout.  It is May, the best time of the year.

If you are fishing in the Smokies this weekend, and many of you are, use Yellow Sally patterns, Neversink Caddis (yellow), Yellow Stimulators and Light Cahills.  You will do well.

It is Troutfest weekend and I better get to work.

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

Byron Begley
May 18, 2012


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