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. Thick gray clouds hung low over Chilhowee Mountain as I drove into work this morning. The highway was wet from recent rain. Driving home last night, severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for most of the area as the wind blew hard and the sky turned black. We did get some rain but mostly it was wind and lightning. Right now the dark clouds of this morning are breaking up and letting some sunlight through.

I'm already late in getting started on this report so I'm going to keep it brief. I was talking to Jim Habera of TWRA this morning as he was getting some waders and boots for work. I always find it fascinating to talk to guys like Jim. They are out on the streams and lakes all the time....but they aren't ust looking at it from a fisherman's perspective.

Ok....the details..... Light rain fell over night. There was 1/8" of rain in the gauge. More rain probably fell, but when the wind is blowing hard I doubt we get an accurate reading. Water levels are up slightly from yesterday. This morning the gauge is giving a reading of 1.57 feet or 105 c.f.s. This is below the daily normal of 159 c.f.s. Water temperatures this morning were around 67F. I stopped at the swinging bridge here in town this morning to look at the water clarity. The deeper part of the stream was off color but there was still a foot or so of visibility. Water clarity in the Smokies will be much clearer.

Not much has changed as far as fly patterns go. If it is raining where you are fishing, try nymph patterns. Copper Johns, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Green Weenies, Barbie Bug and Prince Nymphs are all excellent choices. Dry fly patterns have been doing very well. Lighter colored flies, especially yellow, are doing well. Stimulators, Rob's Hellbenders, Neversink Caddis etc. #14 to #16 sizes. Terrestrial patterns like ants and beetles can be good this time of year.

Lastly, we still have the Intermediate Fly Casting Class coming up this Saturday. Cost is only $100. The class lasts for about 4 hours. This is a great opportunity to hone skills and learn some new ones. Please give us a call to reserve a spot.

Byron will be back tomorrow....hopefully with tales of monster smallmouth. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 11, 2014

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