Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The weather reports were right.  Rain began falling late last night and it is still raining now.  Tomorrow is also supposed to be wet followed by a perfect weekend. 
The water temperature this morning in Townsend was 57F.  The river was still clear when I stopped to check it but it will likely get some color as the day goes on.  Water flows are on the rise.  As of 10:20 am the Little River gauge is at 1.73 feet or 128 cfs.  Water levels are still on the rise so be careful if you head out.  This rain is going to knock a lot of leaves into the water and onto the banks.  Nymph fishing will be complicated by the extra debris in the water.
Fishing today and tomorrow is going to be a hard call.  It could be absolutely phenomenal with the higher water but it could also be a tough day of cold wet fishing.  The weekend should be great.  The moon is waning and the weather is going to be excellent. 
With the rain falling today your best bet is likely to be nymphs, despite all the leaves in the water.  You can also try some terrestrial patterns like the ants and beetles.  Many of these insects will be knocked out of the trees into the stream due to the rain and falling leaves.  Before the rain, dry fly patterns have been working well.  Anglers are using Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators and Blue Wing Olives.  Mostly in sizes #14 and #16 but the BWO will be in the #16 to #18 size range.

If you head to the Smokies today to do some fishing keep a vigilant eye on water levels.  Stream flows will continue to rise as the day goes on.  Also be careful about the leaves.  Wet leaves make for horrible traction both in and out of the stream. 

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


Daniel Drake
October 19, 2011


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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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