Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is another beautiful Spring morning here in Townsend. Thankfully it still feels like Spring, atleast for a little while longer. Byron and Paula have the boat out on the lake. Hopefully the shellcrackers are cooperating for them.
No rain yesterday. Water levels in the Park are near perfect. They are actually slightly below normal. That is something we haven't been able to say much at all this year. The streamflow gauge was reading 1.87 feet or 167 c.f.s. The normal for this date is 196 c.f.s. The streams are flowing clear. Water temperatures are perfect also. This morning the temp was 62.4F. In the afternoon, especially on a small stream I'd be opting to wet wade. I look forward to the chance to ditch the waders.
Fishing has been excellent. Most all the reports we have been hearing from anglers have been good. Most are fishing dry fly patterns. Light colors and especially yellow is very good this time of year. Yellow Sally Patterns, Yellow Stimulators, Light Cahills and Sulphurs have been good. Terrestrials such as the Green Weenie, beetles, and ants are very good especially during the warmer parts of the day. Sizes are going to range from #12-#16.
Nymph patterns continue to work also. BH Pheasant Tails, Tellico Nymphs, hares ears, Prince nymphs, etc in #12-16 have all been productive.
The store looks much brighter this morning after Bill and Byron changed out several of the light ballasts. It was starting to look a bit dim.
Evening fishing has been a great time to go. Getting to the stream after work still leaves you with pleanty of time for some fishing.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
May 29, 2013
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