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 early morning haze is burning off to reveal a very nice morning. Rain chances increase on Friday and continue most of next week. They aren't 100% so it is likely that they will be scattered storms.

We could use a bit of rain. Water levels are getting low again. This morning the gauge is giving a reading of 1.42 feet or 74 c.f.s. This is below the daily normal of 119 c.f.s. Water temperatures have remained good. 67 F at the gauge is a great temperature for this time of year. Heading into the higher elevations you will find even cooler water.

The fishing reports we have been hearing are mixed. Some anglers aren't having much luck and others are doing good. Reports are amazing subjective. The best day ever for one angler can be a disappointing day for another. 20 small trout can be a bad day if you had your mind set on catching that monster. Also, time of year changes things. It is important to temper your expectations to the conditions. In the dead of Winter or the sweltering heat of Summer, 5 or 10 fish could be a great day.....where as in May that might be slow. The most important thing to me is the time spent on the water.

Given the time of year, water conditions in the Smokies are pretty good. Anglers have been having good success on terrestrial patterns like beetles and ants. Also, the yellow sally patterns continue to do well. Yellow Stimulators, Neversink caddis etc in #14-#16 have been fishing well.

Higher elevations have been fishing the best. Cooler temperatures are the main reason. Lower elevation streams have been doing alright too. The upper parts of the Middle Prong of Little River (along the gravel road) has been good. Metcalf Bottoms to Elkmont is always a solid locale. The West Prong of the Little Pigeon along Newfound Gap road is a great summer-time fishery.

The Fly Fishing Kentucky book has been selling well. So well actually that the publisher is out of books for a few days. If you want one place an order and as soon as they come in we'll get it shipped out.

There is still space in the Intermediate Fly Tying Class that is coming up August 23rd. The cost is $75.00 Just give a call to reserve your spot.

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

Daniel Drake
August 6, 2014

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