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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is another nice morning here in Townsend. There are more clouds but they are broken and definitely don't look like they will be any help in the rain department. TDOT is still working on paving the 2 lane section of 321 between Walland and Townsend. This might cause delays if you are headed this way today. They are making good progess and will hopefully have it done for the weekend.

Water temps climbed a bit to 69F this morning. Water levels are still low. The Little River Gauge is reading 1.34 feet or 50 c.f.s. This is much lower than the normal flow of 102 c.f.s. There hasn't been much rain anywhere in the Smokies over the last week so all the streams are going to be in a similar water situation.

If you head out fishing this weekend either get up at the crack of dawn and fish the morning or head to the high elevations. Look for that fast water. Yellow Sally patterns continue to work but I would definitely stock up on terrestrial patterns. Ants and beetles can be excellent this time of year. Green Weenies make a great dropper. Have a variety of sizes from #10 down to #16. Beetles can be effectively fished in the slower water up under cover.

Paula called to check in yesterday. She said the fishing was a bit slow due to the warm and low water. They figured a way around those challenges and have been catching some fish and having a good time. Byron will be back tomorrow to do the Fishing Report.

Oh almost forgot. The most important news of the month. Frog's Fanny finally arrived. We have been waiting for far too long but it is finally here again.

If you head to the mountains or lake to fish remember to bring pleanty of water to drink. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 29, 2012

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