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 here in Townsend is overcast but not nearly as dark as it was yesterday morning. Just before closing last night, a storm rolled through with some high winds and lightning. I saw were a few trees had fallen near the roads and the local newspaper reported some trees down.

Last night's rain left 3/8" of rain in the rain gauge. It didn't do much to help the streams out. Water flows this morning are still low at 1.38 feet or 67 c.f.s. The daily normal for today is 131 c.f.s. Here in the lower elevations, water temperatures are still on the warm side at around 71F. You will find cooler water the higher you go.

Fishing reports have still been good in the Smokies. Yellow Sally patterns such as Yellow Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Rob's Hellbenders etc have all been producing well. Anglers have also been doing good on nymphs. Don't forget about the Green Weenies and ant patterns. The big problem with ants is that being black they can be very difficult to see on the water. They also ride low in the film making them even harder to keep track of. Consider tying one on as a dropper behind a Yellow Stimulator.

The moon is getting full. That usually makes for a more difficult fishing. If the cloud cover keeps up the moon won't have as much effect.

The annual fly tackle dealer show is coming up in a few weeks. This year it is going to be in Orlando Florida. Byron and I are going to sit it out. Neither of us are keen on large crowds. On top of that we have great manufacturers sales reps who come to visit us and show all the new stuff. We are starting to get emails about new products and a few of the reps have called to let us know about some of the more exciting changes. Raz Reid our Sage/Redington/Rio rep called yesterday. He said Sage is coming out with a new rod that is going to be in the $500 price range. It is supposed to have an action that is between the Circa and the One. This should be a rod which is very castable by everyone. I got an email this morning from Winston that they have a new all graphite rod coming out that will be right around $500. Orvis is replacing the Access rods (oh yeah...BTW...the Access rods we have in stock are on sale right are the SAGE VXP rods) with a new mid-priced US made rod.
2015 could be a great year for the true Trout Bums. Those of you who want high quality gear but don't have the money to drop $800 just for a rod. Orvis is going to have a new lower cost wader to replace the Endura and Waterworks is coming out with two new reel series that don't break the bank. We haven't seen what Fishpond has new yet...but it should be exciting.

Byron is busy working on a re-do of the Online Catalog. He is starting pretty much from scratch with new software and everything. The look is going to be better and we'll keep adding new stuff. The currect catalog has worked well...but it the new e-commerce softwares are much more advanced.

This weekend is the weekend after a holiday. It should be much more quiet in the mountains. Yesterday was pretty quiet here in the Shop. I think the 4th of July tourists have gone home. Time to get back to fishing!

I better wrap this up and get back to ordering Wapsi and the other tying materials. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 9, 2014

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