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 cold clear morning here in Townsend. Week days are quiet this time of year in Townsend. The busiest place is the Post Office. We have been ringing up a lot of mail order sales this week, especially Gift Cards. They are a perfect item for family members to buy. That way you don't end up receiving salmon or saltwater flies to fish the Clinch with.

Water levels are good on the Little River. The streamflow gauge is reading 2.34 feet or 323 c.f.s. That is a little above the normal flow of 238 c.f.s. Water temperatures are cold. This morning it is 39.6 F. Temperatures should rise over the next couple of days. Over night lows on Friday and Saturday are going to be higher than normal. Sunday might be one of those days to write about in a memoir. Saturday is going to be warm and only in the mid 50's at night. Then rain on Sunday. If that rain is warm and brings the water up it could be a memorable day on the brown trout.

We haven't been getting too many fishing reports this week. Conditions have been funky. Cold, higher water and then the full moon. None of these factors make for great fishing. If you are heading out to the mountians grab your nymph box. You are going to need some split shot too to get the flies down. Hedge your bet with a larger nymph, 8-12, and then a smaller, 16-18, as a dropper. Look for sunnier places where the water has had a chance to warm.

Christmas is coming on fast. Just a few more days now. We are open until noon on Christmas Eve and we will be closed on Christmas Day. December 26 we'll be right back at it at 9am.

This Saturday, Clayton Gist is going to be here tying flies. He has been tying since he was a kid and has honed his skills over the years. Clayton loves to fish the San Juan out in New Mexico so expect tiny flies. We are still giving away a $100 Gift Card if you come by and sign up on Saturday. It is going to be a good time!

If you head out fishing be careful wading. 39 degree water isn't something to fall into. Have a good day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
December 19, 2013 

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