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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sky is clear and sun is shining down in all of its summer time glory. There aren't a ton of cars on the road yet but that will likely change as everyone heads out for the day. Thankfully TDOT has taken away the temporary stop lights in the two lane corners on 321. They put up a fancy retaining fence at the one section to keep falling rocks off the roadway. That little construction project kept traffic tied up pretty well in the afternoons, especially on the weekend.

The weather forecast is calling for cooler temps tomorrow and wednesday and then extreme heat for the weekend. Tropical storm Debbie is moving north now out of the Gulf. The forecast map had it moving very slowly. Hopefully it will still have some rain with it when it makes it this far north.

Water levels in the Smokies are getting low. The flow this morning on the Little River gauge was 1.45 feet or 67 c.f.s. That is quite a bit lower than the median flow of 130 c.f.s. One advantage of lower water is that it concentrates the trout.

Getting out to the streams early, like just after sunrise, will be good. Water temps are cooler and it is more comfortable for you. Evenings are the same way. Temps are cooling, there are less people kicking around on the rivers, and the yellow stoneflies will be more active.

Bill Bolinger fished above Elkmont Campground on Saturday morning. He hiked in early up the Little River Trail. He said he did well catching a good amount of trout in the several hours he fished. Bill was using a dry / dropper combination with a stimulator up top and a BH Pheasant tail below. Though he caught some trout on the dropper, he said most at the Stimulator.
Dry fly patterns are working well. Yellow stoneflies (Yellow Sally) are doing well, especially in the evenings. A small Parachute Adams in size #16 or #18 can be good also. Try some terrestrial patterns like beetles and ant patterns throughout the day. Don't overlook the green weenies.

The main thing, like always, is drift. Concentrate on fishing the fast water. Keep as much line out of the water as you can so you can control the drift better.

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

Daniel Drake
June 25, 2012

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