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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a warm, humid morning here in Townsend. Atleast it isn't raining.

Water levels are looking a bit better. They are still very high for fishing. The streamflow gauge is reading 3.13 feet or 747 c.f.s. MUCH higher than the daily normal of 121 c.f.s. I drove up to the Y this morning to check out the streams. West Prong is up but flowing mostly clear. You might be able to find some places along it to fish today. You aren't going to be able to just jump in and go, you'll have to pick and choose your spots. The Middle Prong of Little River (Tremont) was still up some too but flowing mostly clear. You should be able to find a few places up there that you can cast a line. Little River is flowing with some color but isn't muddy. Water flows are still fast. If look I'm sure there is some fishable water up towards Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont. Just stay out of the water as much as possible.

The Smokies weather page finally updated. Click Here to see. I wouldn't be driving over to fish the West Prong of the Little Pigeon or Greenbriar. It shows that Mt. LeConte received 1.37" of rain in the last 24 hours. I really don't wish to return to draught conditions......but normal would be nice.

All the tailwaters look to be running lots of water. If you head this way to the mountains, the water is still high. Don't let the fact that there is tubers in the water let you think conditions are ideal. You will have to be creative and careful. Stear clear of streams draining Mt. LeConte today. They are most certainly going to be very high. The main Little River between Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont might provide some opportunity. The lower gradient will allow the water to settle out more and won't feel as raging. Smaller streams are always a better bet when the water is high. West Prong of Little River and Laurel Creek along the road might be ok. Middle Prong (Tremont) might also give some opportunity.

Nymph will likely be the best bet but try some dry patterns also. A nice bushy Stimulator with a green weenie dropper could be the ticket. Brian Courtney, who ties some the Green Weenies and Barbie Bugs for us, brought by a new version the other day. A Green Weenie 2.0. I haven't really got a good name for it yet. It is a beah head with a chartreuse bead and is tied with Magic Dub. It is a sharp looking little fly.

There is a Project Healing Waters event coming up this weekend at Miller Island on the Clinch this Saturday July 13th. It is the Knoxville PHW's first "On Water" event. They will be meeting at the Millers Island access in Norris at 8 am. They will be fishing until 12:30 or so and will have a lunch and some brief river information to present to the veterns. Some additional information is posted on our Message Board HERE For more information you can email Steve @ .

I don't think Byron was going to make it out on the lake today. It sounded like he was going to stay home and tie some flies. If you get the chance to fish today have fun but be cautious and careful.

Have a great day.   Thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 10, 2013

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