Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful, cool morning here in Townsend. The day will heat up as it gets later. It is Summer after all.
The rivers are looking great. Flows are excellent. At 2.21 feet or 280 c.f.s. they are just a little above the normal of 125 c.f.s. If we can get some occasional rain each week....not torrential downpours.... the rivers could hold a good flow this Summer. Consistency without the major fluctuations would be fantastic...fingers crossed. Water temperatures have been very good. This morning the streamflow gauge is giving a reading of 63.6 F. Throughout the day this reading climbs up but it has only been getting into the mid to upper 60's. That is happy news for the trout in late June. The temperature gauge is at the USGS streamflow gauge which is near the Park boundary. This is very low elevation. The higher elevation streams will be cooler. That is why later in the Summer when the gauge is reading in the 70's there aren't fish belly up at Elkmont.
We have been hearing some good fishing reports coming from the mountains. Most of the Spring it seemed like smaller than normal trout were being caught. Now over the last several weeks I have heard of some nicer, 8-15 inch, fish coming to hand.
If I was going fishing today, I would head somewhere like Elkmont and the Little River Trail or maybe drive over to the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River along Newfound Gap Road. Those are both places where it is fairly easy to get off the beaten path quickly. Just about everywhere has been fishing good though.
I'd be fishing some dry flies. Yellow is the color of choice for the Summer. Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, Sulphurs, Cahills, etc. Sizes are #14-#16. Terrestrial patterns are excellent in the Summer. Give a beetle a shot especially if you are out in the middle part of the day. Plop them near the bank and up under the trees in the slower water. Ants and Green Weenies make excellent dropper flies.
The fly fishing industry has moved the annual dealer show date into July this year. It is earlier than I can ever remember. The show is in Las Vegas. Byron and I won't be going. We have excellent sales reps who come see us. As a result of the show being so early, we'll know about new products sooner....and hopefully there will be lots of new stuff for Christmas. I talked to Cpt. Dave from Simms yesterday. He was telling me about a new rubber sole that Simms is coming out with. It sounded interesting and has some features that might actually make it work well.
Well I better get back to making orders to try to fill the store back up. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
June 25, 2013
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