Great Smoky Mountains - High Elevation, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Great Smoky Mountains - High Elevation, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
With water temps warm down low, high elevations are where it's at this time of year. A bushy dry fly with a Green Weenie dropper is tough to beat. They're also gobbling terrestrials on the surface. Fishing is pretty steady all day.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Fightmaster Fly Fishing

Water flow: 150 cfs - approximate

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 59 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All Day

Best stretch:

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Terrestrials Yellow Sally #16 Sulphur #16 Tan Caddis #14 Light Cahill #12

Fish species: Rainbow & brook trout

Fishing season: Open year round. Peaks in Spring & Fall

Nearest airport: Knoxville McGee Tyson

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Great Smoky Mountains, High Elevation Description

This page details the higher elevation (3000' and higher) bodies of water on the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Certainly this covers a lot of water but while you may find slight variations in temperature and flow from stream to stream, this should serve as a fairly accurate baseline. Notable high elevation watersheds on the Tennessee side of the park include the Fish Camp Prong, Goshen ...

Techniques & Tips

Approach & presentation is the name of the game here. These fish don't often get overly selective on fly patterns, but they spook easily and won't tolerate a bad drift! Fish upstream, dress in earth-tone clothing, and keep a low profile. Stay back and make longer casts in slow pools. Get closer and keep as much line off the water when fishing pocket water.

7-Day Forecast

Conditions should remain about the same the next several days. Keep your eye on the weather. This time of year it seems there's a 50/50 shot at an afternoon thunderstorm every day.

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