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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  The sky is blue this morning but it is already getting hot. It is going to be another hot and humid day today but cooler weather is coming in for the end of the week and weekend. Townsend is getting busier for the holiday weekend. We will be OPEN on Friday July 4th and all weekend.

Townsend's fireworks display is scheduled for Friday July 4th. It is going to start close to dark. They shoot the fireworks off in the field across from the Subway restraunt. I have been to it a few times and they really put on a good show. If you want front and center seating you'll have to get there early. The great thing with fireworks is that being a little further back is usually a good thing.

Water levels in the Smokies are still low. This morning the Little River gauge is giving a reading of 1.47 feet or 83 c.f.s. The daily normal is 124 c.f.s. Water temperatures are 71F. The streams are all flowing clear.

Fishing is going to be tough during the middle part of the day. When things get hot the trout are much more slugish. They will be feeding better in the cool of the morning or the last couple hours before dark. Higher elevation streams like Walker Camp Prong, Ramsey Prong and Sam's Creek can be good destinations. Concentrate on areas of water where there is more current.

The Yellow Sally patterns like Yellow Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Extended Body Yellow Sally and Rob's Hellbender Drys have all been good producers. Green Weenies and Barbie bugs make great dropper flies. Another good fly to use as a dropper is a black ant. These flies can be very effective...but...they are very difficult to see on the water. Fishing them as a dropper will fix that.

It has been pretty busy downstairs this morning which is why the report is later than normal. People are starting to flood into town for the holiday weekend. Having the 4th on a friday is making it easier for folks to have a long weekend. I bet Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are a mad house.

Fishing on holiday weekends are a gamble. Sometimes you can be out there and the streams are quiet as a result of people not going thinking that everyone will be out there. Other times it can be a madhouse. It likely isn't going to be covered up with actual fisherman.....more likely it will be the swimmers and tubers that will invade your stretch of stream.

If the weather cools down a little it could really turn the fishing on. Only way to find out is to go. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 2, 2014

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