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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is an absolutely beautiful morning here in East Tennessee. The air is cool with a good breeze blowing. The humidity is low. Even the sun doesn't feel too hot. This is going to be short lived as they are calling for record high temperatures on Friday.

Water levels in the mountains are low. The water level was 1.43 feet or 63 c.f.s. this morning. The normal flow is 121 c.f.s. We could definitely use some rain. The extended forecasts aren't showing too much chance of rain. Fingers crossed that the jet stream will move much further south and help us break the heat wave.

Fishing is still pretty good right now especially if you go to the higher elevation streams. Early in the morning or late in the evening are going to be the best times. The little yellow stoneflies continue to work well. Don't forget about terrestrial patterns such as beetles and ants. Green weenies make a great dropper fly. I'd still have some nymphs in the box to use as droppers.

I fished up Middle Prong of Little River on Saturday night. Wet wading is definitely the way to go. Water levels are low enough that I didn't even get my feet wet for about an hour. Though the trout may not agree, I found the cool water very refreshing.
I started at a favorite section of stream....of course the whole time I was driving up the gravel road I kept thinking to myself that I should have gone to the West Prong. I already had the time invested so I stuck with Tremont. The road had been fixed since the last time I was up that way. Almost no potholes now. So I started fishing the section where I generally do pretty well. Not much of any action at all besides a few slaps by anchovies too small to get the fly. I then noticed what could be wet footprints. Oh well...atleast that gives an explanation. I bailed out of there and headed up towards Thunderhead Prong. It's been quite awhile since I fished that little stream. The low water made getting around on the stream easy. I could a trout very soon after getting back on the water. It ate a #16 Parachute Adams. Another one ate it also before I lost it in a tree. Back to the Yellow Sallies. I ended up catching a total of 5 in a couple of hours. Not too bag. I had forgotten how much water there was from the Middle Prong up to the I beam bridge over Thunderhead.

If you head out today enjoy the cool weather. This coming weekend and next week are going to be tough for fishing. Hot temps and continued low water are going to make conditions more difficult. The high elevation streams will be the best bet.

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

Daniel Drake
June 26, 2012

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