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The Fishing Report 06/13/24 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:30 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second

Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is good.

Water Temperature Little River
Stream Flow
Rainfall 2024 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt

63.6 Fahrenheit
1.76 Feet 129 CFS

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

Welcome to the Fishing Report in Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains. As a result of feedback we are moving Fishing Report day to Thursday morning.  This should make planning for weekend fishing trips a bit easier.  If you ever have any suggestions for making the Fishing Report, Online Store, website and especially the Shop better please send an email or call.  We are always looking for ways to improve.

Fishing in the Smokies has been good.  The weather has been nice and water conditions are very favorable.  This morning the river is flowing clear at a height of 1.76 feet or 129 c.f.s.  The daily normal for today is 162 c.f.s.

Water temperatures have been stable around 63-64 F.  We are in for a hot week next week with the air heating up into the 90's but it is going to cool to the 60's each night.  These cool nights are the greatest blessing we have in the Smokies in the summer.  Despite the days being hot we enjoy cool downs with the setting sun allowing everything to reset.

The weather forecast for this weekend and the coming week looks mostly free of rain.  This is East Tennessee so there is always the possibility of a pop-up thunderstorm in the afternoon.  Those are usually localized but can be strong and dump a lot of rain in a short period of time.  When you are fishing you always need to be conscious of water conditions.  Just because it is dry and sunny where you are doesn't mean that it didn't just come a gully washer upstream.  Stay vigilant and safe.

Yellow is the color of summer in the Southern Appalachians.  Our most prolific hatch of the year is the Yellow Sally which is a smallish yellow stonefly.  They hatch in the last few hours before dark.  We have a whole bin of Yellow Sally fly patterns.  Everyone has their favorite.  The Neversink Caddis is one of the most popular.  Don't get hung up on names of flies.  Names are there to differentiate between patterns and most times have nothing to do with the insects that they are meant to represent.  We have patterns in the bin called "Yellow Sally" which to me don't fish that well but people will buy them because the hatch guide says to use "yellow sally".  The Neversink Caddis is a good example.  Does it represent a caddis fly.....yes....but it is really more of a yellow sally imitation.  The original pattern was the Puterbaugh's Foam Stone.  This is a great pattern but from the company we were buying them from had them priced high.  When another company asked about new flies to tie we asked them to have a version of that fly.  They tied up their version which is virtually indistinguishable from the original except we could buy it at a better price.  The second company changed the name to the Neversink Caddis to avoid possible legal issues.

I've always really like the Stimulator flies.  This likely stems from the fact that back in the day (am I old enough to use the saying "back in the day") it was one of the first high floating stonefly pattern you could get.  Adding rubber legs only made the stimulator better.  The Stimulator is a real fly, made with feathers and fur.  I've seen some crazy variations over the years.  One company years ago was tying an Irresistible stimulator with a spun deer hair body.  Yes it floated like a cork but talk about a lot of time and work.  The spun body was eventually replaced by easier to work with foams.

Yellow sally patterns are great for fishing this time of year.  They match a hatch, they are easy to see, the trout eat them and they are large enough to use as the top fly in a dropper rig. For a dropper fly try a Green Weenie, they match a hatch and also aren't very heavy so you can use a #14 dry on top.  Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear and Tellico Nymphs are also excellent droppers in size #16.

Have you thought about tying your own flies?  Tweaking a fly pattern to fit your particular needs?  Fly tying is so much easier than it looks once you have learned the basics.  Our Beginner Fly Tying Class teaches those basics and gets you on the road to filling your fly boxes with your own creations.  Our next Beginner Fly Tying Class will be Saturday July 20th.  The cost is only $100 and includes everything you need for the day.  CALL US TO SIGN UP 865-448-9459.

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

Daniel Drake
June 13, 2024

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