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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is cloudy and overcast here in Townsend this morning. That is a good news for fishing. Trout seem to be less wary on cloudy days. Driving in this morning I was expecting to see muddy water. The sky was black towards the Park when we were leaving last night. An angler stopped in and said it was raining up towards Clingmans Dome. Suprisingly, the river is flowing clear and the streamflow gauge didn't even bump.

Water levels on the Little River are good. The gauge is giving a reading of 1.63 feet or 103 c.f.s. This is about the normal flow for this date of 70 c.f.s. The record low back in 1998 was 24 c.f.s. That is hard to consider "flow". It is more a connected series of pools. Water temperatures still remain cool at 64.4 F.

Fisherman have been doing well in the Smokies. You have to be stealthy and blend in but the trout have been fairly willing and happy. Concentrate on the faster moving water. It is easier to sneak up on them there. High sticking will help you get a better drift on your fly.
Anglers have been using a lot of dry flies. The Neversink Caddis and Stimulators continue to work well. Parachute Adams and even Light Cahills are good too. There isn't much of a hatch coming off right now so approach and presentation are still the keys.
People have been doing well on nymphs like the Green Weenies and Barbie bugs along with all the other usual suspects, Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tails etc.

Robert Byrant with the Orvis Company stopped by yesterday. He didn't have too much new stuff to show off that we hadn't already seen but it is always good to see him. He let us wiggle the new Superfine Fiberglass rods. These are made in Orvis' Vermont rod factory. It is a great soft action rod. They aren't super heavy or whippy like an old timey fiberglass. I really like the tan color they made it.

Orvis also has some very nice looking new wading boots. Orvis's waders are great but the boots have definitely been lacking. This Spring they are changing that.

We have a Beginner Fly Fishing Class coming up this saturday and an Onstream Class on Sunday. The cost is just $125 per class. There is three spots open on Saturday and two on Sunday. The classes are a perfect way to get started. If you want to get signed up just give us a call.

I better wrap this up and get to checking stuff in and making Spring orders. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 18, 2013

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