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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Townsend is cool and drizzly this morning. There was 3/8" of rain in the gauge from the last 24 hours. Byron said the other day he didn't care about rain...he was wanting clouds for when he went fishing....well he scored this week.

Water levels are still excellent. They are high for this time of year, but perfect for fishing. The streamflow gauge this morning is reading 2.10 feet or 240 c.f.s. The average for this dates is 105 c.f.s. Despite being the end of July, water temperatures are near perfect. The site was giving a reading this morning of 63.7 F. The gauge is located by the National Park boundary which is pretty far downstream from where most of us fish. Normally this time of year that gauge would be reading in the 70's. These low water temps are excellent for the trou. It is also going to mean great fishing this August instead of taking the month off to keep from stressing the trout.

Anglers have been reporting good fishing from the Smokies. If I was going to go fishing today I would probably head to Elkmont and hike in the Little River Trail a ways. The West Prong of the Little Pigeon River would be a good option also. If I had ALL day to go I might make the trek over the mountain and fish the Oconoluftee.

I like to fish dry flies. My favorite fly, the one I will most always tie on first in the mountains is the Rubber Legged Stimulator. Yes it is fl. orange and not yellow...but the small stream trout never seem to care. I think maybe the rubber legs help keep it up on the surface of the water. Other dries to try today would be the ever popular Neversink Caddis, Parachute Adams, Beetles and Ants.
Green weenies and Barbie Bugs still make great dropper flies. Don't leave out the nymphs. BH Pheasant Tails, BH Hares Ear nymphs, Princes, Tellico and Copper John's are all excellent.

I just checked the streamflow gauge again to see if the rain had changed anything. Still 2.10 feet. Try to sneak away and fish if you can.  

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

Daniel Drake
July 31, 2013

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