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 a little foggy and 66 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We are expecting a beautiful Saturday here and in the Park.  The high temperature today should be around 84 degrees with a low tonight of 62.  We had .30” of rain in our gauge this morning.

Little River is flowing higher than it has been lately.  We have had some afternoon thunderstorms that helped increase the flows in our streams in this watershed.  This morning, Little River is flowing at 131 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.67 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 160 cfs.

Fishing conditions are good.  You should not have any trouble having a good day of fishing in the Smokies.  I would use a Yellow Sally dry fly pattern of some sort.  For a nymph, I would definitely use a Green Weenie.  A Parachute Adams or a beetle pattern will work as well. 

Right now, the trout are hungry and looking for a meal.  Today is going to be sunny.  Choose a shaded stream.  I would hike into the backcountry maybe a mile or so from the road and fish a smaller stream.  You will need to blend in, stay low and hide from the trout.  Use light tippet, 5X or 6X.  Present your fly in the moving water.  Hit the pockets behind rocks in the riffles.  The deeper runs will be holding trout.  This is going to be a nice day so enjoy yourself.  It is going to be comfortable in the Smokies.

Check the generation schedules for your favorite tailwaters using the links to the lower left of this page.  You’ve got some options on the Clinch and Holston.  Those options depend on your method of fishing, boating or wading.  I think you can find what you are looking for today on these two rivers. 

If you plan to fish for smallmouth bass, the tailwaters are probably your best choice.  I would fish the Holston or French Broad.  Check the generation schedules before going.  It looks like Douglas Dam may be generating heavily this afternoon.   

Fishing on the lowland rivers for smallies will be best early or late. The river bass are going to be laying low in the deep pools during the sunny part of the day.  You can catch those bass when conditions are like they are.  Shady banks and poppers may produce for you.  Dredging crawfish patterns deep might work.

I spent a lot of time with Wilson Reynolds yesterday.  We always have a great time together.  Wilson lives in Maryland.  He has a hunting and fishing TV show.  He owns the Tremont Outdoor Resort Campground, cabins and he recently purchased the old Valley View Lodge which is perched on 16 acres right in Townsend.  Wilson is completely renovating the lodge.  I think it has 140 rooms.  He has a very large indoor meeting and event building, the only one of it’s kind in Townsend.  I took the tour and we did some planning yesterday.

We decided to bring back Fly Tyers Weekend.  Remember that event?  We used to hold it in early November.  It was a huge success.  The event is free. 

Our usual setup was a large heated tent attached to our building at the back of the store.  We had approximately 32 fly tyers demonstrating all weekend in 4 hour shifts of 8 tyers per shift.  We plan to do it this year at Wilson’s Lodge. 

We’re thinking about the 2nd or 3rd weekend in November for the dates.  We’ll nail that down today.  I think the third weekend is too close to Thanksgiving.

I will keep you posted and with a web paged dedicated to that event. 

His new lodge is open and it is called Tremont Lodge and Resort.  His website isn’t finished.  Many of the rooms have been gutted and built back to the highest standards.  He thought of everything.  The rooms rival about any fine hotel you would find in larger cities. 

He has a new state of the art laundry.  To be Green Certified he needed that.  Everything on the bed, including the pillows and bed spreads are washed between each guest visit without using chlorine.  I was in the dry cleaning and laundry business for many years.  I have no idea how to wash a pillow.  He knows how.

Each room has a Keurig single cup coffee brewers with complimentary coffee.  He buys the coffee singles by the skid.  Maybe he will give me a skid for Christmas. 

We are going to have a good time promoting fly fishing together.  He has made a good living hosting hunters and fly fishermen his entire career.  We think we will make a good team.  Here is the link to one of his websites.  Watch the brook trout spawning video.  Wilson is also a world class photographer.

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

Byron Begley
June 14, 2014

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