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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report.  It is 5:30 am.  It’s dark outside.  I’m home.  It is my day off and I’m going fishing with Jack Gregory.  Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.  Just kidding.

Little River is flowing at a rate of 258 cubic feet per second (cfs) at 5:30 am.  Median flow for this date is 186 cfs.  The water temperature is 59.8 degrees.  I believe the water is clear but the lower reaches toward Maryville may be stained.  I read last night that the Little Pigeon River was turbid through Sevierville.  It sounds like that watershed got some heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

Fishing in the Park is very good.  Use Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns.  You will see some awesome hatches in the evenings.  Other flies will work too most of the day.  An Elk Hair Caddis is a great choice.  They float well and they are easy to see.  You can’t beat a Parachute Adams.  A Yellow Stimulator in size #16 is another excellent choice.  The trout think it is a stonefly. It's Green Weenie time. Give them a try. I usually pinch on some split shot and fish them several inches under the surface. You can use a strike indicator too if you like.  

The lowland foothills streams should be fishing well if they are not stained.  Smallmouth bass are taking poppers and other top water flies.  We love that. 

And then there are the lakes.  I can’t tell you right now what is going on but tomorrow will be a story, I hope.  Jack and I are hoping the smallies are on the banks, in the rocks and taking Knuckleheads.  I tied some special for today. 

Since we will be fishing very clear water, he suggested I tie some with bucktail instead of Krystal Flash for the tail.  The Krystal Flash works great most places, better than bucktail.  But we will be fishing the Little Tennessee River and the water is crystal clear.  The smallmouth bass there don’t like too much flash.  We’ll see if it makes a difference.

We are also taking a big cooler just in case the shellcrackers are on the beds.  We’ll thin out the population a little bit and have a fish fry.  But most importantly, on this trip, we are after smallmouths. We will release those of course.  I have never tasted smallmouth bass and never will. 

I got a new step for the boat trailer to climb in the vessel while it’s on the trailer.  I ordered it from one of the large big box companies.  It arrived just in time for today’s trip.  Jack came by the store late yesterday and we decided to mount it to the trailer.  Wow, this is exciting! A new toy.

We opened the box and found something unusual.  There were two small boxes of cereal in the main box.  We laughed and I threw them away.  We carried the internal box out to the trailer.  Jack opened it and I dug through the tool box for the wrenches we would need.  I waited for Jack to tell me what sizes to find.  He didn’t say anything.  I climbed out of the back of the suburban and looked at him.  He looked at me.  “There aren’t any bolts,” he said.  Well, we decided maybe they were packaged in the cereal boxes.  We dug them out of the trashcan in the shop.  Nope, they were full of cereal.

No bolts! We decided, when they were packaging my order, they found they were out of bolts.  So, they decided to throw in a couple of boxes of cereal instead.  We would never know the difference.  Jack wondered if someone ordered cereal and got stainless steel bolts instead.  Boy, would they be disappointed.

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

Byron Begley
May 24, 2012


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