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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It would be so nice if we could have yesterday's weather all the time. Today is starting out well too. Cool and clear. The weather forecast is still calling for high heat over the weekend. Fingers crossed that there is a miracle shift in the jet stream and that heat gets blown out of here.

Water temperatures took a big drop last night. On the gauge this morning it was reading 66F. These last two days of cooler temps should help us weather the heat wave better. Looking at the forecast, even though the high temps are supposed to be close to 100F the lows are in the low 70's. Cool overnight temperatures will help keep things from getting really bad. High night time temps really hurt the streams. They don't give them the opportunity to recover.

Water levels are getting lower. The gauge this morning read 1.38 feet or 55 c.f.s.. That is way down from the average flow of 124 c.f.s. The streams are very clear so stealth is important. Keep concentrating on the fast water. There is more oxygen and it is harder for the fish to see you.

Smaller dry fly patterns (#16-#18) are working well. You can try some larger flies when using a dropper. All the usual suspects continue to work well. Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulators and yellow sally patterns. Small nymphs can be good. Definitely don't forget about the terrestrial patterns.

I spoke to a customer yesterday who floated the lower Little River down towards Rockford for smallmouth. He said fishing was tough with low water. They did catch several smallies.

We haven't heard anything from Byron and Paula. They must be having a good time and not worrying about us here at the Shop. Hopefully the fishing is going well for them.

A big box of Wapsi arrived yesterday afternoon. I now know what I'll be doing for the next several days. We had ordered some Frog's Fanny from them... not too big a shock...they didn't have any either. Well, speaking of Wapsi...I better wrap this report up and get started.

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

Daniel Drake
June 27, 2012

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