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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Townsend is pretty quiet this morning. Yesterday's pretty blue sky is gone, replaced by clouds....but the rain gauge was dry!

Water levels in the Little River system are better this morning. The gauge is giving a reading of 2.71 feet or 505 c.f.s. This levels is much better for fishing even though it is still high. Those of you who only come to fish this time of year are going to feel lke the streams are flooded but you'll be able to find some places to try.

The weather forecast is calling for a chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms. They usually come later in the day giving plenty of time to get out and enjoy the mountains. Like always, keep and eye on water conditions. Water levels can rise frightenly fast.

If you are heading out today, the Middle Prong of Little River, especially up along the gravel section of road, can be a good destination. The West Prong of Little River is always a good bet when the water is up. You might also want to take a hike up the Little River Trail above Elkmont.

Earlier in the day, nymph patterns with some extra split shot to get them down will be a good way to go. Copper Johns, Tellico Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, etc. #12 - #16. A dry / dropper is an excellent choice also. Green weenies and Barbie Bugs make good dropper flies. Also, ants can be great droppers this time of year.

Ant patterns are excellent producers. The problem with them, for me atleast, is that they are impossible to see. Those little black flies on the water disappear. Two solutions.... a parachute ant with a hi-vis wing, or fishing the ant as a dropper behind a fly you can keep track of.

I just took a quick look at the TVA site for tailwater generations... It looked like they had the Clinch off for a few minutes this morning...then back to running water. The other tailwaters are still running too much to fish.

If you can sneak out mid-week give it a shot. The Little River might be a pleasant surprise today. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 24, 2013 

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