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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It was gray and gloomy on my drive to Townsend this morning. Now the clouds are beginning to clear up and I can see bright blue skies above. Some of the trees are beginning to change color. I would think that the higher elevations are really changing.

There was no rain in the gauge this morning. The weather forecast I looked at is calling for partly cloudy skies for the rest of the week with highs in the low to mid 70's. Fall is here.

Water levels in the Little River dramtically yesterday morning peaking out over 1,000 c.f.s. According to the weather data for the Smokies, Cades Cove received 1.2" of rain Monday night. New Found Gap reported 3.74" and Mt. LeConte reported 2.74". That is a lot of water to be flowing down the West Prong of the Little Pigeon.
The streams of the Little River watershed have recovered quickly. The gauge is now reading 2.08 feet or 234 c.f.s. This is a nice, higher than normal, fishing level. On this date back in 2008 the flow was 16 c.f.s. That is barely enough water to float a dry fly without it getting hung up on the bottom.

If you head to the river today I would start the day with some nymphs. Prince nymphs and tellicos will be good choices. Larger, rubberlegged nymphs can be an excellent way to go also.

Dry patterns are going to be the same ole' things. Stimulators, Parachute Adams, Elk Caddis, Beetles, etc. #14-#16 is a good range.

Water levels are still higher than normal so as always be careful wading. The browns and brooks are getting more active as they start thinking about spawning. Keep an eye on the bottoms in the shallow gravelly runs.

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

Daniel Drake
October 3, 2012

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