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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 6:26 am, the temperature is 54 degrees. It did not rain yesterday, though we had a decent chance. Today will be sunny with a high temperature in the low to mid 80’s.
Saturday and Sunday will be warm. There is a 60% chance for scattered thunderstorms Saturday, and a 60% to 70% chance Sunday. Next week will be cooler, with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 40’s and 50’s.
I don’t know what to say about traveling here to fish this weekend. If it were me, and I planned a trip, I would come. There is a chance that a thunderstorm could raise the water levels, affecting fishing in a negative way. There is that chance. There is also a chance it won’t. That has to be your call.
Little River is flowing at 190 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.91 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 248 cfs. The water temperature is 62.4 degrees this morning. In Little River, at the gauge, the temperature rose to over 66 degrees yesterday. That will probably happen again today.
Fishing is good. It’s not excellent from what I’ve heard. Some anglers are saying it is slow at times during the day but better late. Some good fishermen on our message board blame the full moon. They may be right. I’ve experienced slower fishing during a full moon, especially when fishing in the ocean, or smallmouth fishing on lakes.
I’m not too crazy about the water temperature rising to the mid to high 60’s. I think fishing for trout is usually better when the water temperature is in the high 50’s to low 60’s. You can always fish at higher elevations, to find cooler water.
During the Summer, when water temperatures are warm, I usually fish late in the day, when the sun drops behind the ridges. Or, I go early. When the water levels are like they are now, I prefer fishing shaded areas during the day.
A Georgia man drowned at Abrams Falls yesterday. I don’t know if he fell from above the Falls into the pool, or slipped into the pool from below. It was tragic either way. It happened at 12:15 pm. His body was recovered by divers last night. You can read the story on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE. He was not fishing. He was hiking.
TVA is generating today at Center Hill Dam. I keep an eye on the Caney Fork because I love fishing there and did it almost every week for many years. I have a lot of friends in Middle Tennessee. We have many customers in the Nashville and surrounding areas. I’m always hoping they get plenty of good days fishing on the Caney Fork. Today may not be one of them unless you are there right now. Hopefully this weekend will be better.
The turbines will be off at times today at Norris and Cherokee dams. The Clinch River schedule looks very good today.
Check the TVA website and see if you can work with their generation schedule.
I love small, lightweight, fine crafted, click and pawl trout reels. I started buying the nice ones during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Back then, I cherished the English made Orvis CFO reels. Later, during the 90’s, a bought a few Able TR trout reels. It has been a long time since I saw a click and pawl reel I liked any better than those. That changed yesterday.
I went by the shop to see the guys. Daniel showed me the new Ross Colorado LT reels. They look even better “in person”. I had just seen them in photos. The Colorado is light. They are meticulously machined. They are beautiful. They are available in three colors, black, platinum and olive. I liked the platinum best. These reels are brand new. We just received the first batch. Check them out by CLICKING HERE.
Paula and I are taking a week off. If fishing and the weather are good, we may take two weeks off. I have worked hard all Winter, so I can get away without feeling guilty. The day has come.
Daniel will be writing the fishing report for a few days. Now, I can sleep in if I want to. Paula and I have lots of plans. I’m pumped.
Have a great week, or two weeks, and thank you for being here with us.