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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. A steady rain is falling from a flat gray sky. So far Townsend hasn't been experiencing the heavy rains and flooding that have hit other sections of Blount and surrounding counties. We had 2.26" of rain in the gauge this morning.

The McGhee Tyson Airport reported just less than 3" of rain from yesterday. Sugarland Visitor Center received 0.66", Newfound Gap got 2.14", Cades Cove got 1.78", and Mt. LeConte reported 2.22". We seem to be on the eastern edge of all this rain.

Bill drove up to the mountains this morning to check the rivers (around 9 am). He said that Little River was still mostly clear. Middle Prong of Little River was muddy and the West Prong of Little River was getting stained.
Water levels are up from what they have been but are still not too high, though they are rising rapidly. The gauge this morning read 1.77 feet or 139 c.f.s. It is up to 2.03 feet and 217 c.f.s. at 10:50.

Unless you are really into trying high muddy water for larger fish, this might be a day to catch up on fly tying or work. Days like this with the water rising and rain falling are a tough call. It could be the best day of fishing you have ever had ..... or it could just be wet and cold. If you go stay out of the river and work it from the banks.

We'll be keeping an eye on the streams. All this rain should make for excellent fishing later this week and over the weekend. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 18, 2012


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