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.  It is a great day in Townsend this morning. Yes it is overcast and forecast to rain in the mountains but you can now go to the mountains and stand in that rain. Yesterday the State of Tennessee, along with Blount and Sevier Counties, have reached a deal with the Department of the Interior to re-open Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All Park services are supposed to be going again by noon today. This will mean that you can go to Cades Cove, drive along Little River and fish all the streams (except Lynn Camp Prong).

Stream conditions are fantastic. Water levels are low but perfectly normal for this time of year. The streamflow gauge is reading 1.57 feet or 89 c.f.s. The normal flow is 84 c.f.s. Water temperatures are great also at 61.4 F. Chuck Kline was out fishing the other day and he said that the fishing picked up in the late morning as the water warmed some.

Trout in the areas which were further walks from a gate are going to have some less pressured fish, atleast for the next day or so. The upper section of Tremont along the gravel road should be excellent. I would bet that not too many anglers hoofed it that far up the road in the last couple of weeks. The same will be true for the Little River above Metcalf Bottoms. The browns have been getting more active and with a couple of cloudy and rainy days that might be a perfect location.

Trout have been feeding well on dry flies. Parachute Adams, Thunderheads, Elk Hair Caddis, Neversink Caddis, Stimulators (in the #14-#16 size range) have all been producing well. You might put on a good floater and drop a Green Weenie or small Hares Ear nymph off the back.

Water levels are low and clear. You will need to be stealthy to sneak up on the trout. Stay low and concentrate on the fast water. If you are on Little River and looking for browns, stay back in the woods and keep a close eye on the shallow, gravelly runs.

We are expecting a busy next couple of days. Since the government shutdown we haven't been ordering much merchandise since we didn't know the impact of it all. Today I'll be making some orders to get stuff in pretty quick. We've still got plenty of flies, leaders and tippets. Everything to get you out on the stream.

Oh, the last Beginner Fly Fishing School of the season is coming up this weekend. There is still several spots available in it. If you have been thinking about taking a class heres your chance! Fly Tying Classes are coming up fast too. They are a great way to learn to tie flies or even ust see if you like it.

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

Daniel Drake
October 16, 2013

Respond to:

Home - Contact Us - About Us - Fishing Report - Online Catalog - Message Board - Sitemap