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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It has been a cloudy start to this Wednesday morning here in Townsend. The humidity is high also making thankful for air conditioning.

The weather forecast is calling for scattered storms today and the next several days. That is pretty much to be expected this time of year. These scattered storms are definitely something to keep in mind when you are fishing. Keep an eye on water levels. If the clarity of the stream begins to change that is a major clue that more water is coming. Just because it is dry and sunny where you are doesn't mean that it didn't just downpour somewhere upstream.

Water levels in the Smokies are excellent. The streamflow gauge this morning was reading 2.16 feet or 261 c.f.s. This is higher than the daily normal of 121 c.f.s. but still a nice level. Water temperatures have been staying in a good range and consistent. This morning the gauge gave a temp reading of about 63.7F. If I was heading out today I know the waders would be staying in the car.

Fishing in the Smokies has been very good. Dry flies have been working well. Yellow is the color of Summer. Yellow Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, and Yellow Sally/Little Yellow stonefly patterns have been doing well in the #14-#16 size range. Standard attractor patterns such as Parachute Adams, Thunderheads, Royal Wulff, etc have been good also, especially in the higher elevations. Terrestrial patterns like ants and beetles are excellent in the Summer.
Droppers can be a great way to double your chances of a hook up. A smaller nymph like a pheasant tail or hares ear hung under a Stimulator can be a great choice. The Green Weenies and Barbie Bugs make excellent dropper flies.

I clicked on a couple of the tailwater generation schedules. It looked like the Clinch was a washout once again. The Holston looked workable this morning before the water comes on. The one that looked about the best was South Holston.

Byron is out fishing for the second day in a row. I hope he is doing well. Maybe the cloud cover will loosen the smallmouth up a little.

If you get the chance to hit the river take it. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 26, 2013

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