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 looks like rain but so far this morning it is still dry. Looking at the weather radar rain looks to be an inevitability. There was no moisture in the rain gauge here at the Shop but I know for a fact that it rained up Tremont last night.

Water conditions are in good shape for the last part of July. Water temperatures are moderate at 68F. Of course temps will be cooler in the higher elevations. Water levels are great. This morning the gauge is giving a reading of 1.61 feet or 115 c.f.s. This is just a little below the daily normal of 136 c.f.s. The streams are generally running clear.

I took my Walter Babb bamboo rod on a field trip last night. The chance of rain had me debating on whether I took it with or borrowed the Orvis Superfine Glass rod but since it wasn't raining when I left I went with cane. Saw nobody up along the Middle Prong of Little River at Tremont. Fishing started out pretty good bringing a small rainbow to hand. Water levels were very nice and the water that got in my boots was cold. Rain started falling after a short while. We waited it out and tried again. The trout were a bit happier after the storm stopped. There was even a few Yellow Sallies flying around. After a few more fish and pools the rain started again. All in all not a bad night. On the way back down the raod we saw a bear with a cub. They were looking like they wanted to cross the road but decided to go back the other way.

The trout I landed came on a beetle pattern. They were eating that even better than the yellow stimulator I had tied on first. Dry fly patterns continue to do well. A Neversink Caddis would have been a good choice. Anglers have been doing good fishing terrestrials like the beetles and ant patterns. Just plop a beetle up under some brush and be ready. With the water being up a little, nymph patterns like Copper John, Tellico Nymph, Pheasant Tail etc would have been working well too.

This is a busy time of year for thinking and ordering for me. The big fly tackle dealer show is over so all the sales reps are calling to tell us about the new stuff. Preseason orders also have to be made. Those stress me out. Trying to estimate what we are going to sell 8 months from now.... blah. Some are easy. I don't stress much about fly orders. I know I can always sell extra Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute Adams.

It is getting late.....If you go fishing today, take a rain coat and keep an eye on waters levels. A nice rain storm isn't a reason to stop fishing but be careful not to get caught in a flood.

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

Daniel Drake
July 23, 2014

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