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 beautiful morning here in Townsend. There are some broken clouds but the sun is shining. It is already warm and going to get warmer.

The Smokies must have gotten some rain in the upper elevations last night evidenced by a spike on the streamflow gauge. There wasn't any rain here at the Shop. Water levels are GREAT. They are high compared to normal for this time of year, but they are at a perfect fishing level. This morning the gauge for Little River is reading 2.31 feet or 319 c.f.s. This is higher than the normal flow for today of 126 c.f.s. Water temperatures continue to be cool. The site was reading just about 65F this morning and yesterday it only rose up to about 69F. These readings are from the USGS gauge near the Park boundary which is very far downstream from where most everyone is fishing. Temperatures are generally much higher this time of year.

It is a warm humid day. That means afternoon thunderstorms. These storms can pop up fast and without warning. Keep an eye and ear on the sky. If the water turns off color get to the trail/road side of the stream.

Dry fly fishing has been good. Light colors rule the day. Yellow Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Yellow Sally patterns are all excellent. Don't forget about the terrestrials. Beetles, ants, Green Weenies are going to be good too.
If you prefer to nymph fish, go for it. Higher water levels are perfect for nymphs. Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Hares Ear are all excellent.

The Fly Tackle Dealer Show was really early this year. That means we are going to know about new 2014 products earlier than we ever have. Maybe this will mean that stuff will be available for Christmas this year instead of like most years when the companies say....Check this new cool thing have to have it......Oh, it won't be ready till March.
One new item that WILL be ready very soon is the Chota Hippies in the new digital camo pattern. I've only gotten to see pictures but it is supposed to look really good.

Another item we got back in stock and will be better able to keep in stock is the tool for the New Zealand Strike Indicators. This indicator system uses wool and can be made to be as small or large as you want.

Try to make plans to hit the mountain streams soon. Fishing should be very good. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 17, 2013  

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