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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is absolutely gorgeous outside this morning in Townsend. The sun is shining and the air is cool. You would never believe that it is the middle of August. No rain in the forecast for today. Just perfect weather.

We couldn't ask for better conditions right now. Back in 2007 the Little River was flowing at 30 c.f.s. Well at that level it is hard to describe it as "flowing", more like a series of puddles. Today though..things are much better. The gauge is reading 2.07 feet or 230 c.f.s. This is an excellent fishing flow even though it is higher than the normal flow of 114 c.f.s. Water temperatures are great too. The gauge is giving a temperature of 67F. Always remember that this reading is coming from a very low elevation. Actual temps higher in the watershed are even better.

Anglers have been doing well in the Smokies. Most are fishing dry flies. Rob Fightmaster of Fightmaster Flyfishing stopped in yesterday and said his clients did well fishing Parachute Adams and beetle patterns on top and also on Green Weenies. Neversink Caddis and other attractor patterns in the #14 - #16 size range have been good.

Using a nymph as a dropper is an excellent choice right now. A Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear or Green Weenie will be good. Also consider using an ant pattern as your dropper fly. Ants can be excellent producers but they are very difficult to see on the water. The dry will help that greatly.

We got all the fly rods moved downstairs. There is still a lot of work to do. Byron is working on some logo banners. Bill is working on a way to hang the banners. New tags need to be made. Maybe even some carpet. I'm looking forward to seeing how rod sales improve.

The new Chota Camo Hippies will be arriving today. Some of the Rocky River waders in Camo will be coming too.

Byron has the boat out today. It should be a nice day on the lake. If you get the chance to go, head to the mountains! If you can....atleast take lunch outside and enjoy this rare, cool Summer day.

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

Daniel Drake
August 14, 2013

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