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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  The sky is clear and the temperature is 44 degrees.  Man, it feels nice out there.  Last night, Paula and I were sitting out in the treetops on the upstairs deck.  It was chilly.  I went in the house and grabbed a fleece vest.  What a great evening.

We got some rain in the mountains night before last.  Leconte Lodge reported almost 1.5” of rain.  They say that was the second most recorded rainfall for them this year. 

Little River looked fine yesterday morning.  I kept getting reports of high and stained water on the East Prong.  Other reports from fishermen indicated the other prongs of the river were slightly stained.  In town, Little River peaked yesterday at over 2.3 feet on the gauge or 400 cubic feet per second (cfs).  The water temperature plunged to 59 degrees by midnight.

Right now, the river conditions are excellent.  The gauge is reading 2.13 feet or 307 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am is 56 degrees.

The rain was a blessing.  The streams were getting low.  Fishing has been excellent but those who don’t know how to stay hidden from the trout were having problems catching them.  One customer was in here yesterday deck out in full camo clothing.  He did well fishing the West Prong, not great but well.

We have a chance for scattered showers through the weekend.  Hopefully, the skies will be overcast.  It is going to be cool with lows in the 40’s.  I can’t think of any better fishing conditions than we have right now in the Little River watershed.

Some other streams may be high.  We heard reports yesterday that the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River was very high.  It’s probably lower now.  It may be fine.

Go to the stream prepared with Yellow Sally Stonefly and Light Cahill patterns if you plan to fish with dry flies.  I you like fishing with nymphs, take some Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Green Weenie and Pink Weenie patterns.  Elk Hair Caddis will work too.  Try a Parachute Adams. 

This is going to be a great weekend.  Take a rain jacket just in case.

Warmer temperatures are coming back Wednesday.  Highs will be in the 80’s again.  Lows will be in the 50’s and 60’s.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the tailwaters.  The bass are taking poppers too. 

I got an e-mail from David Knapp, a guide who works here and on the Caney Fork River.  He said fishing on the Caney has been excellent.  David recounted a trip he took there three days ago.  He said the river is in great shape and the trout are taking sow bugs and midge pupa.  He said the lower river had some hatches of sulfurs and light cahills.  You can visit David’s website by CLICKING HERE.

David is a great guy and excellent guide.  He knows the Smokies well.  He worked here one summer while he was in college.  He fished after work almost every day. I certainly recommend David as a guide.   

I drove by the new Mountain Trails Tack and Feed store yesterday.  They are open.  I may stop in there today to look around.  I wonder if they sell cat food?  Yep, we still have Dubbing the cat. 

I doubt if they sell cat food.  Sorry Dubbing.  Horse people have cats in their barns to catch mice or at least they used to when I was growing up.

Dubbing lives in our house.  We never let him outside.  I hate to see cats roaming around in the woods and fields.  They kill birds such as quail, grouse and young wild turkeys.  We have a pair of bobcats living somewhere on our property. We have caves and a stream running through our land.  It is perfect bobcat habitat.  There are also plenty of wild turkeys to feed on.  I’ve noticed a huge decline in our squirrel population over the years at our house.  

Our neighbors see them fairly often and they always head toward our property when they leave.  These cats do kill wild turkeys.  That’s OK.  They are wild.  They are supposed to be out there.

When Paula and I were in Florida last week, I was out in the drive washing our kayaks at the house we rented.  She saw a huge bobcat, sitting in the back yard, watching me wash those boats.  She tried to get her camera in time but he took off so she missed the photo opportunity.

A friend of mine was deer hunting over some corn in Kentucky.  That is legal up there.  He watched from his tree stand as a squirrel fed on the corn.  Then, he noticed two bobcats stalking the squirrel.  The cats won and the squirrel lost.

I hope you can take advantage of this beautiful fishing weather and get out here today and this weekend.

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

Byron Begley
May 16, 2014 

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