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 another gorgeous day in Townsend. The weather is going to be sunny and warm all week with only a chance of rain Friday and Saturday. We could actually use some rain at this point. Rainfall totals have been a little below normal.

Fishing conditions.....without stretching the truth much.... I can say that conditions are excellent. Water levels are very good in the Little River system. The streamflow gauge this morning is giving a reading of 1.79 feet or 189 c.f.s. This is a little below the normal of 272 c.f.s. The streams are running very clear so be stealthy. Water temperatures are good also. This morning the gauge gave a reading at the "Y" of 58F.

Anglers have been doing well on most all of the streams of the Smokies. Little River both below and above the Elkmont Campground has been fishing good. The Middle Prong continues to be its steady reliable self. Even the high elevation streams like Walker Camp Prong have been fishing well.

Dry flies are catching trout, especially in the afternoons. A dry / dropper combination is an excellent way to go. Use a bushy top fly like a Yellow Stimulator or a Thunderhead as your indicator and run a little Hares Ear, Copper John or even a green weenie down below. The dries are starting to transition into the lighter colors. Light Cahills, Yellow or Tan Elk Hair Caddis and the Yellow Sally patterns are starting to pick up.

David Knapp - sent me a message this morning to say that bass fishing has been great for him. The bass are done spawning and feeding like crazy. He is seeing them chasing bait. Minnow patterns are good choices right now. He said the Shellcrackers and other bream are hitting well too.

The Popper tying class with Anthony Hipps is coming up soon. This class is a bargain at $65. You will learn how to tie Anthony's Soft-Bodied Poppers. While not an advanced class, this class requires that you have a basic knowledge of fly tying techniques. All the tools and materials will be provided and even lunch. Please call us to reserve a spot. 865-448-9459.

It is Monday again. I'm going to finish this up and start ordering more stuff. I noticed a bunch of Orvis' new Encounter Felt Sole wading boots getting purchased this weekend. Time to re-order. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
May 5, 2014 

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