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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The fog was very thick this morning driving in. Now it has all burned off revealing beautiful blue sky. Fall weather is wonderful. Cool and clear.

Water levels in Little River are excellent. The flow on the gauge this morning was 1.69 feet or 117 c.f.s. This is still above the normal flow for this date of 74 c.f.s. Water temperatures are a perfect 57.4 F. If you are going to wet wade early in the day be sure to have a jacket or warm vest. Your legs can take care of themselves, as long as you keep your core warm.

The State of Tennessee is still currently business as usual. The TWRA stocked the Little River last week. I heard that they have started stocking the delayed harvest streams like Hiwassee and Paint Creek. Roads in the Cherokee National Forest are open. Campground and other staffed facilities down there are closed. Keep in mind if something goes wrong there is no personel to help in an emergency.

Stocked trout tend to feed better on subsurface flies. I would have a box full of the regular nymphs like Princes and Tellicos. Wooly buggers, Green Weenies, Barbie Bugs and San Juan worms are good options too.

Townsend officials were working on a plan to get shuttle buses to run people to the Park entrance so visitors could walk in. That plan is not going to work out. Officially Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not open to visitors. Un-officially, at the moment people are still able to walk into the Park. Please be respectful of the Park Rangers. They are only following orders, or in the case of turning a blind eye, not following orders. If things stay safe and orderly everyone will benefit.

Business has been slow. The last week has definitely seen a drop in customers. We are still open EVERY morning at 9. Coffee will be fresh. We continue to use this time to work on the remodel. Things are coming along very well. The Shop is looking like less of a wreck though many items are still in temporary placements.
Upstairs is our next challenge. We have some walls to take out and another to build. Once the walls are out the pegboard will go up quick. As soon as we get that done the move will really happen. Change is a good thing.

I hear the church bells ringing. Better wrap it up. Byron is off today tying Knuckleheads. He'll be back tomorrow. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
October 9, 2013

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