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The Fishing Report 06/12/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:41 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Water Temperature Little River
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66.5 Fahrenheit
1.86 Feet 173 CFS
6:19
8:53
23.56"
22.80"



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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 6:15 am, the temperature outside is 63.0 degrees.

Today through tomorrow will be warm with a high temperature in the low to mid-80’s. There is a 60% or greater chance for thunderstorms today through Wednesday night. It will be some warmer through the end of the week with a lower chance for thunderstorms.

Little River is flowing at 173 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.86 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 154 cfs. The water temperature is 65.5 degrees this morning.

Scattered thunderstorms tracked through Great Smoky Mountains National Park yesterday. The only stream I can find that was affected is the Little Pigeon River. That river rose quickly late yesterday, but it is receding. Tellico River in the Cherokee National Forest rose some but is now receding. Other streams that do not have USGS gauges may have been affected by scattered thunderstorms.

Fishing is good in the mountains. Water temperatures are warm in the lower elevations, especially at midday. For the health of the trout and for better fishing conditions, fish the mid to high elevations streams. Look for water that is 65 degrees or below at midday.

Fish higher on the Middle Prong of Little River, Lynn Camp Prong, East Prong above Elkmont, or any other higher elevation stream. It will be partly sunny today and tomorrow. Smaller streams in the backcountry are good options where you will find more shaded water.

Our recommended fly choices remain the same for now. Any Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern will work. Terrestrials, such as foam beetles are a good choice. Inchworm patterns like the Green or Pink Weenie are recommended. Squirmy Worms will work well. Try the pink ones. Other fly patterns will produce. The trout are targeting anything that looks like food. Their metabolism is running in high gear and they are hungry. Stealth and getting a good drift are paramount, more important than fly selection.

Tennessee Valley Authority plans to generate all day today on several tailwaters. Check the TVA website for generation schedules on your favorite river from the links below. If you are boating or wading, you can make a decision where to go and when.

The lowland rivers are probably fishing fair. Go early or late when the sun is off the water or fish shaded areas. The Little Pigeon may be stained this morning.

The lakes are fishing well, early and late or when it is overcast. Use poppers or foam floating flies for topwater action. Try streamers, including the Puglisi Threadfin Shad or weighted Wooly Buggers for fishing below the surface along rock bluffs or on timber lined banks where you can find cover for the fish. If the sun is off the water, you may find smallmouth bass cruising.

Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) announced the appointment of five new board members. You can read the story on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE. ABR is a large indoor/outdoor rehab center that takes orphaned bear cubs, raises them without human contact, then releases the bears back into the wild. It is located near Townsend, not far from our home. The center is not open to the public but there is an information center located at Trillium Cove in Townsend.

I am looking forward to watching the new Joe Brooks documentary that will be shown this weekend several times on different cable channels. A trailer of the movie is below. The dates and times the documentary will be shown are below the trailer. Check programming times in your area to find when it will be shown for you to watch.

I started fly fishing in 1962 at the age of eleven. Back then, learning about fly fishing was not easy for me. Fly fishing books were hard to find in Kentucky where I grew up, at that time. I had never heard of a fly shop. I remember Joe writing for Field and Stream and Outdoor Life. Maybe he sparked my interest. Later, he was a regular on Curt Gowdy’s ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Joe introduced Lefty Kreh to fly fishing.

In the trailer, you will see Lefty talk about Joe Brooks. That part of the show was filmed in Lefty’s basement at his home in Maryland. Paula and I have been in that basement with Lefty. That was a cool place to be with a great man.

So, this documentary is special to me, and I can’t wait to see it.

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

Byron Begley
June 12, 2018

The Joe Brooks Story - trailer from joebrooks documentary on Vimeo.

Dates and times in our area, given by the producer. These may not be correct where you live. Look the schedules up online yourself to be sure when they are shown.

World Fishing Network
Friday June 15th 10 pm (EST)
Saturday June 16th 4 pm (EST)
Sunday June 17th 10 am (EST)

Outdoor Channel
Saturday June 16th 7:30 pm (EST)

Sportsman Channel
Friday June 15th 8 pm (EST)

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