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.  It is overcast and 72 degrees in Townsend this morning. 

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. The light fog has burned off and it is starting to get hot. Sounds like a perfect day to head to the upper elevations.

No rain in the gauge overnight. The mountains must have gotten some rain because there is a little spike on the streamflow gauge. It didn't do much for the water level and it has already started back down. Water levels are low but about where they have been over the last few weeks. This morning the gauge is giving a reading of 1.51 feet or 91 c.f.s. The normal for this date is 162 c.f.s.

You will definitely want to use extra caution and stealth when approaching the streams and especially while wading. Water temperatures are getting warm also. Here in Townsend the water is 69F. For those of you who are fishing the mountains don't fret about this number too much. The streamflow gauge is at the Park line which is very low elevation. As you go higher in the mountains you will find lower water temps.

If I was heading out today I would be going to a small, higher elevation stream. When the water gets warmer look for the upper elevation streams with more gradient. There is more oxygen in the rough tumbling water. Also everything is generally cooler the higher up you go.

Yellow dry fly patterns continue to work well. Yellow Sallies, Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, Rob's Hellbender dry in #14 - #16's are excellent choices. Terrestrial patterns like beetles and ants fish well this time of year. Ant patterns can be very difficult to see on the water. I would fish it as a dropper below the Sally.

There is always a chance for afternoon thunderstorms. I wouldn't let that stop you from going but keep an eye and ear on the sky.

We FINALLY got in some of the Game Changer flies. They have only sent us the Pearl White ones. The advantage of that color is you can use Prisma Color markers and make it look like whatever kind of baitfish you want. They are $10.25 each. We haven't gotten them added to the Online Catalog yet but if you would like to order one just give us a call.

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

Daniel Drake
June 17, 2014

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