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The Fishing Report 07/29/21 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
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Rainfall 2021 YTD Knoxville Apt
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69.98 Fahrenheit
1.49 Feet 78.1 CFS
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25.48"
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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Cool overnight temperatures are the salvation of Southern Appalachian streams.  Today is going to be another hot one here in Townsend.  It is supposed to be in the mid 90's.  The weather is breaking tomorrow with highs in the 80's and a moderate chance of rain.  More "cooler" weather next week.  It will be a wonderful reset of the mountain streams.

Water levels this morning are at 1.49 feet on the gauge which is 78.1 c.f.s.  The daily normal is 134 c.f.s.  Hopefully the forecasted rain will bring water levels up and cool the streams down.

This morning the gauge is reading 69.98 F.  Remember the gauge is right at the Park boundary which is very low in elevation.  Upper level streams like Lynn Camp Prong, Walker Camp Prong, and upper Little River will be cooler.

Hot temperatures will mean slow fishing through the middle part of the day.  If you plan on fishing all day don't forget to pack your hiking boots and put in some time getting up a trail into the high elevations.  You will find cooler air and water and also streams with more gradient.

There isn't much hatch activity this time of year but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be fishing top water.  The trout still love yellow stonefly patterns.  A yellow stimulator is a great fly and makes the perfect top fly in a dry/dropper rig.  Yellow patterns are a staple of Smoky Mountain trout fishing.  Kind of like buying a Ford back in the day.....any pattern will work as long as it is yellow.  Green weenies are a good choice for a dropper.  They are a terrestrial insect which falls out of the trees so the trout are used to finding them in the top of the water column.  

Terrestrial patterns work great especially middle day.  Beetles and ants plopped into the water under some overhanging cover can produce when nothing else does.  Ants are hard to see so they are more easily fished as a dropper.

Keep an ear on the weather.  Thunderstorms can pop up without warning.  They bring lighting and possible flash flooding.  If you notice changes in the water be sure to be on the road or trail side of the river so you don't become trapped by rapidly rising water.

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

Daniel Drake
July 29, 2021

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