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 cloudy morning here in Townsend. A little sun is peaking through though. The church bells are ringing...I better type fast.

I can't hardly believe that it is August already. The Summer has been flying by. The conditions don't even seem like August. It is 73 F air temp this morning...only supposed to get in the mid 80's today. Water levels in the Smokies are excellent. We are actually above normal. This morning the gauge is reading 1.83 feet or 156 c.f.s. We are getting closer to the normal of 116 c.f.s.

Anglers have been giving good fishing reports from the Smokies streams. If I was to head out today I might try the West Prong of the Little Pigeon along the Newfound Gap Road. It might not be better than anywhere else but it is a different destination than Elkmont or Tremont. Elkmont and Tremont would both be excellent choices also. Sometimes I just want to see new water. Adventure is fun. If I go somewhere new I don't always care so much how good the catching is. It is mostly the discovery of places I haven't seen before. There is a draw to know what is past that next pool or around that bend.

Dry fly patterns continue to work well. Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, Light Cahills, Parachute Adams....etc. all in the #14-#16 range. Terrestrials like the Fathead Beetle, Hi-Vis Parachute Ants, regular ants, Green Weenies, Barbie Bugs are excellent choices also. Dropping a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail nymph can be a great way to go.

As Byron mentioned the other day we have been looking at lots of different items. Some things that we thought were great items have been sitting around for far too long and won't be coming back. Cutting out the dead wood is going to let us keep better stock on the items that sell well and get new items that will hopefully do well.

I better wrap this up before I hear the bells start ringing again. Try to get out an fish..even if it is just at the local pond. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
August 6, 2013  

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