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 cloudy and 67 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We have a 60% chance for thunderstorms today and tonight.  Traffic is light in town.  That will change later today as visitors will be coming in for the holiday weekend.

Little River is flowing at 173 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.74 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 195 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 61 degrees.

Fly fishing in the Smokies is fantastic.  Dry flies are taking their fair share.  Nymphs are working too.  A Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern is a great dry fly to use.  We offer a lot of different Yellow Sally patterns because that is one of our most predictable and long-lived hatches of the year.  They will be buzzing around all Summer.  Light Cahills are working too.  Any dry sulphur pattern will work.  For nymphs, I would use a Green Weenie or Pheasant Tail.

Fly fishing has been especially good in the evenings.  What a super time to be on the water in the Smokies.  The water comes alive with aquatic insects.  The trout respond.  You will see bats flying around catching the bugs.  Hardly anyone is around, you’ve got the stream to yourself.  This time of year, we can fish after work.  And the fishing is good.

Josh Pfeiffer says the smallmouth bass fishing is getting very good on the tailwaters.  He is a smallmouth bass fly fishing guide though he is an expert trout guide too.  We like to talk about smallies.  When he has a great day, I get an e-mail with pictures.

It’s amazing how many people read the page we have on this website about smallmouth bass fishing.  CLICK HERE to see it.  You can also see how to tie some great smallmouth and other warmwater flies by CLICKING HERE and visiting our fly tying tutorial page.  I lot of people read those pages too.

Tuesday, I found an article I wrote in 2009 about tying a Sand Shrimp.  I forgot about it.  I did an internet search on “Tying the Sand Shrimp” and that article came up first on Google.  So, I added it to the tying tutorials page.  Several people have read that article since then.  They probably did all along and I didn’t notice.

Yesterday, I started tying more Sand Shrimp for our next trip to the Gulf.  It is amazing how well that fly works.  It is very easy to tie.

It’s popper time again.  Man, I love fly fishing with poppers.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass eat them up.  Bluegill love them too.  I make my own and enjoy doing it.  I usually tie enough to last a couple of years at one time.  I’m talking about several days to do this because I do it in steps. 

I cut the bodies from foam cylinders and glue them to popper hooks.  Next, I glue in the eyes on each one.  After that, each popper gets a set of rubber legs and some tailing material.  I like rubber legs and Krystal Flash for the tail.  It is easy and durable.  I think I made a bunch of them, maybe 40 or 50 two years ago.  Chartreuse is my favorite color.

CLICK HERE to see how they are made.  You don’t have to be much of a fly tyer to make poppers.  It is more of an assembly process.  You don’t need a lot of fancy tools either.  A vise, bobbin and whip finisher is about all you need.

Our internet traffic was high yesterday.  We had 3,789 unique visitors.  650 of them visited this fishing report. 

Most of our visitors come from the Eastern United States.  We do get quite a lot of visitors from the Northwest, Midwest and Southwest.  A few visit from the Pacific states.  For the most part, our readers are from the East, from Maine to Florida and west to St. Louis and south to Texas. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky residents visit our site in big numbers.  That’s where I see the green dots on Google Analytics.

Our new Fishpond Gear Guide has not yet been indexed by the search engines.  We launched it Monday.  CLICK HERE to see the gear guide.  I think this will be a very popular addition to our web presence.

Get out there and fly fishing.  No matter where you are, opportunities are prime right now.

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

Byron Begley
May 22, 2014


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