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. Townsend was covered in a thick fog this morning. Good thing that my truck knows the way to work on auto-pilot. All that fog has burned off now and the sky is bright and clear.

River levels are very high for this time of year at 2.34 feet or 331 c.f.s. The normal flow for this date is only 89 c.f.s. Despite the numbers, todays flow is excellent for fishing. The weather is going to be clear for the next several days so water levels should only get better.
Water temperatures are great too. 59.7 F at the gauge which is very low in elevation means cool water higher in the mountains. With overnight air temperatures dropping in the 50's or even lower it is going to make for chilly mornings in the Smokies. If you are still going to wet wade I would make sure that you have a good fleece jacket or vest to keep you core warm. When you core is warm the rest of the body can take care of itself.

Fishing in the Smokies should be good this weekend. I'd be fishing dry fly patterns. Rubberleg Stimulators are my favorite. Especially in the Summer that is my main go to fly. The Neversink Caddis, Parachute Adams, Thunderheads, etc in #14-#16 are good choices. A Green Weenie dropper is still hard to beat.
If you have bigger fish in mind, head to Little River with nymphs and split shot.

We got a ton of stuff moved over the last several days. It finally feels like we are really making progress on the remodel. Now I really need to get on the ball for ordering new stock. Lots of Fishpond!

Wow, almost 11 am. Byron was out on the water this morning with the guys from Chota doing more photos. I better get this posted.

It is Old Timers Day in Townsend today and tomorrow. Also, Nauger Knob has their Arts and Crafts show. I think there might be something going on at the Heritage Center also. I would avoid Cades Cove at all costs tomorrow. Abrams Creek fishes well.... but not good enough to battle the crowds. Little River, Tremont, West Prong of Little Pigeon should all be great destinations.

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

Daniel Drake
September 27, 2013

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