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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It was cloudy as I drove in this morning but now the sun is out. The weather forecast is calling for thunderstorms tomorrow and Friday. Hopefully they don't dump too much rain on us.

Conditions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are looking great. Water temps are excellent. This morning the streamflow gauge was giving a reading of 63 F. This is getting to be a good temp for wet wading. Water flows are excellent also. It was 1.96 feet or 195 c.f.s. This is just barely above the normal for today of 150 c.f.s.

We have been hearing excellent fishing reports from anglers. The streams are all fishing well. You can pretty much choose your favorite spot. Lower elevation streams are still fishing well. Cool overnight temperatures are keeping the water temps in an excellent place. High elevation brook trout stream are doing great too.

Dry fly patterns, Yellow Stimulators in #14-#16, Neversink Caddis Yellow #16, Yellow Sally patterns, Parachute Adams #14-#16 etc have all been doing good. Terrestrials such as ants and beetles and also the green weenies have been fishing well.
If you prefer nymph fishing, try all the usual suspects, BH Pheasant Tails, Prince nymph, Copper John, etc.

If you plan on fishing Abrams Creek, keep in mind that the Cades Cove Loop Road doesn't open till 10 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Every other day it opens around sunrise.

Well this report is already overly late. Evening fishing has been excellent so even if you can't sneak away from work, you can still head to the stream after dinner and have several hours of excellent fishing. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 5, 2013

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