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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 69 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I take that back.  It is now raining and 69 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I would like to be fishing right now.  It is a perfect day if you don’t mind getting wet. 

Little River is flowing at what we now call “2013 Normal”.  Flow is 2.41 feet on the gauge or 361 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 162 cfs.  The water temperature was 62 degrees at 7:40 am.  The water is clear.

It is raining hard right now and I can hear thunder.  Fishing has been excellent in our area.  The Smokies streams are fishing well now that the water level has dropped.  Late last week the water was high.  Some streams were not flowing as strong as others.  Finding the right one took some looking.  We heard some fishermen say the fishing could not be better.  A few others said it was slow.  I guess it depends on where you were.

Trout have been taking dry flies well.  We like that.  Favorite patterns are Parachute Adams, Yellow Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators and Light Cahills or Sulphurs.  Ants, beetles and Green Weenies are working well too.

Fly fishing for smallmouth bass has been excellent.  I don’t know how long this will last but right now “it is time”.  The bass are taking poppers and other topwater flies early and late.  They will be deeper when the sun comes out.  Try a weighted Wooly Bugger or a large Carter’s Rubber Legged Dragon (RLD).  I tied a bunch of those a couple of years ago using #4 hooks, large bead chain eyes and lots of rabbit fur cut from bunny strips.  Mine are a lot bushier than the original RLD.  What we found is, not only do the large bluegill take them, the smallmouth bass love them too.  Our favorite colors are chartreuse and crawfish orange.  Paula caught a 3 pound smallmouth on the Chartreuse version last week.

TVA is reporting no generation on the Clinch between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm today.  Please check the TVA website yourself and watch out for rising water.  One of my friends had to be rescued the other day due to an unexpected flush from Norris Dam.  Cherokee and Douglas will probably be generating today.

My buddy Frank is coming to town tomorrow.  We will be fishing for smallmouth bass on the Little Tennessee River.  I can’t wait.  I’m going to have him in the bow of the boat and I’ll run a trolling motor from the stern.  He is going to get plenty of shots.  Last year he caught a 4 pound smallmouth right where we will be fishing.  We weighed that fish.  A 4 pounder is a trophy.

I am watching this fishing report activity live.  People are waking up and clicking on the report.  We’ve got a visitor from Ft. Lauderdale viewing right now.  There are only 8 people reading yesterday’s report at this time.  After I load this new one up there will be a flood of visitors.  Hello to our visitor from Lafayette, Indiana, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, Crossville, Tennessee, Huntsville, Alabama, Niles, Michigan and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Good morning to everyone.

The National Weather Service has updated their report for Townsend.  The chance for rain has increased to 70% today and tonight and 90% tomorrow.  It is raining very hard right now.  If this continues, we’ll see some significant changes in the water levels in the Smoky Mountains.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park fisheries crew and several volunteers are supposed to be sampling Lynn Camp Prong this morning.  I think they plan to work for three days.  Using electroshocking equipment to stun the trout, they will be working on several sample sites along this 9 mile stream, capturing and counting brook trout.  Lynn Camp Prong was the largest brook trout restoration project the Park has ever done.  The biologists will collect the population data and hopefully determine that the stream can be opened to fishing.  It is currently closed.  Bill, who works here is up there right now.

I suspect, since the water is already high, it is raining hard right now and there is also thunder, they are not in the water. I checked my e-mail to see if the three workdays have been postponed.  I did not see anything that would indicate a change.  So, maybe they are going on with it.  I will tell you this, if there is any chance for flooding or lightning, they won’t be working.  I’ve seen them call off a planned project of this size at the last minute.  Steve Moore is in charge.  He makes the call.

Hey, we just got visitors from Minneapolis, MN, Brandon, FL, and Clearwater, FL.  Good morning!  We have several visitors from Knoxville and one from Maryville too.  America is waking up and getting online.  Orange dots are showing up all over the Eastern United States right now.

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

Byron Begley
June 17, 2013 

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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