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 gorgeous morning here in Townsend. I can't tell if there is a cloud cover or if just fog. The weather forecast for the next week looks incredible. Temperatures should be in the upper 70's with mostly clear skies. This weather has been a nice departure from the hot humidity of the Summer.

Little River Road is open again. There was a rock slide yesterday that closed the section for the Townsend Y up to Metcalf Bottoms. The slide is cleared up now.

Water levels on the Little River inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park are recovering quickly. This morning the stream was at 1.81 feet or 151 c.f.s. This is higher than the median flow for today of 73 c.f.s. If you have been fishing in the last month the water is going to look really high. This level is closer to the good fishing of Spring.

Water temps have dropped pretty drastically over the last couple of days. This morning it was down to 59.8 F. Early in the morning this will make for some chilly wet wading. I think it is definitely time to get the waders out of the moth balls. Maybe not fish in them quite yet....but it'd be bad to find out they are leaking right before a Fall trip.

With the cooler water temps I would start the day with some nymphs and split shot to get them down. The usual suspects should deliver. Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns etc. As the day warms I would switch back to dry flies. We should start seeing a transition to more orange colored flies as the next weeks pass. Terrestrials continue to work well.

No word from the Begley's yet. Hopefully they are having a good time and didn't wash away in all that rain.

Definitely make plans to hit a river somewhere this weekend. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 20, 2012

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