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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. A thick blanket of grey obscures the sky this morning. The "Smoke" is slowing rising from the hills and peaks I can see from the window. Much needed rain continues to fall.

It is a gloomy morning here in Townsend. 0.20" of rain fell overnight and for now it continues to drip. The rain is supposed to be clearing out and we should have sunny days through the rest of the week. Last nights temperatures didn't drop much which along with a warmer rain has helped water temps to jump up a little. The stream flow gauge was giving a reading of 43.5F. Water levels are still below normal. The gauge was at 1.59 feet or 94 c.f.s. This is a good bit lower than the median level of 192 c.f.s.

Fishing in the Smokies has been a little slow due to cold water temps. The warm rain should help this atleast temporarily. The brown trout are post spawn so they should be hungry and looking for a meal. You will still have to have a good amount of patience and luck.

Nymphs will be the best bet today if you head out. Prince nymphs, Tellico, Copper John should all work well. You are going to need some split shot to get the flies down. Over the next several days dries should work in the later afternoons.

Bill Bolinger was up on Little River the other day hoping to fish a run of water he likes. Making his way down to the stream he saw what looked to be a large pile of leaves in the stream. It quickly became apparent what it was. A beaver dam. Two dams actually. Beavers have dammed up a side channel of the river cause a nice riffle to become a pool. It is amazing what those fairly small animals can accomplish.

I better wrap this up. It might actually be a good day up on the river. Sometimes the gloomiest days can really produce. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 27, 2012

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