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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It has been a beautiful, cool morning here in Townsend. Byron has the boat hooked up and is out on the water somewhere.

Water levels on Little River have come down a bit from yesterday. This morning the gauge is reading 2.98 feet or 658 c.f.s. The average for this date is 130 c.f.s. The streams in Park are running clear. The Little Pigeon River over by Sugarlands is probably still running pretty high today also.

Fisherman who came back in yesterday afternoon said they were catching some trout. It was a little tough due to the higher water. They were using a mix of dries and nymphs.
Bushy, high floating dry flies can be good in the high water. Stimulators, Thunderheads, etc make great top flies to run a nymph or green weenie dropper off of. Light colored dries are still the way to go.
Nymph patterns can be excellent when the water is up. Copper Johns, Tellico Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, etc in the #12-#16 range.

The weather forecast is calling for chances of rain the next couple of days. Rain chances are fairly small at the moment as we get to the weekend. Most of this rain is likely to be pop up afternoon thunderstorms.

In the next weeks and months we are hoping to make some nice changes to the Shop. We have been working on the Fly Department. Bill did a fantastic job on getting it rearranged. The new doors are up, just need to get stained. We are going to bring the Rod Department downstairs. Hopefully no more people asking if we sell rods. Ceiling height is a concern but I think we can work through that. We are going to be clearing some of the dead wood out of the inventory selection. It is amazing when looking at the numbers how somethings that you might think would be great sellers have been sitting there for a LONG time. Time to clear that stuff out and find some new items to get.

The Fly Fishing Show was very early this year. That means that all the companies had to get their 2014 stuff figured out early. Hopefully this means there will be more new stuff available for Christmas instead of having to wait till Spring.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 23, 2013 

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