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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is going to be a hot one today. It is already 81F here in Townsend and it is only 10 am. The weather forecast is calling for the low 90's for the next several days. High humidity is going to make that feel even hotter. They are calling for a chance of rain today and tomorrow but I bet it will just be isolated thunderstorms. You have to be vigilant of these storms when fishing the mountains in the Summer. They can pop up out of nowhere and bring heavy rain and lightning. Water levels can rise quickly, leaving you stranded on the wrong side of the river. Just be careful.

Looking at the streams you wouldn't think high water would be a concern. They are running low and clear. The level this morning was 1.5 feet on the gauge or 75 c.f.s. This is much lower than the normal flow of 131 c.f.s. Rain would definitely be welcome. Water temps aren't terrible though. At the streamflow gauge downstream of the Y it is reading 68.5 F. The temps in the higher elevations will be better.

Start your trips either early or late. The hot middle part of the day isn't comfortable for you or the trout. Higher elevation streams such as Walker Camp Prong, Ramsey Prong, the Upper Little River, etc will be good if you have the time to devote to the distance. Concentrate on the faster moving water. The feeding trout will be in that rough water where there is more oxygen being mixed with the water.

Dry fly patterns continue to do well. I would have a mixed variety of patterns this time of year. Of course yellow flies are always good in the Summer. Have some beetle and ant patterns. Small nymphs to run as droppers are a good idea also.

We are STILL waiting on Frog's Fanny. It has been on order for at least a month this time around maybe even longer. I finally got hold of the guy who makes it the other day and he said he was going to be shipping some out to us soon. Hopefully it won't be too much longer.

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

Daniel Drake
June 21, 2012

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