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.  I can’t believe I’m up and working at 4:55 am.  The temperature is 70 degrees out there right now.  Expect highs near 90 and lows in the 60’s to 70 degrees for a few days.  We have a chance for thunderstorms all weekend and into next week.


Little River is flowing very low at 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.21 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 138 cfs.  The water temperature is 73.6 degrees this morning.


Move up to the higher elevations, where the water is cooler.  Right now, all the streams in the Park are low.  You will do best fishing early and late.  I would choose a shaded stream in the backcountry, probably a brookie stream.  The trout will be in the riffles and choppy water.  The easiest way to catch them will be with a dry fly.  I would use a Yellow Neversink Caddis or Rob’s Hellbender.  Any Yellow Sally Stonefly will do.  It is also hard to beat a Green or Pink Weenie, fished sub-surface.  Green sourwood worms are abundant in the forest and near the streams right now.  This is definitely “Green Weenie time”. 


I would try this.  You should not have a water temperature problem in the Clinch River.  I suspect the Holston River is fishing well but I don’t know for sure.  I haven’t heard.  The smallmouth bass fishing is good in the tailwaters.  Some of the best smallmouth fishing I’ve experienced in the tailwaters here, occurred in July and August.  In fact, we’re planning some float trips right now and I’m looking forward to them.


It is hot and miserable during the day.  If the sun is shining, the fish are heading for deeper water or they are difficult to catch in shallow water.  Go very early or late and fish until dark.  Bluegill and largemouth bass will be active at these times. 


Fishing will be good for panfish and bass early and late.  The rivers are flowing low, making boating almost impossible except in the very low and deep areas.  Fish weighted nymphs or poppers.  Streamers may work too.


I’m noticing people are ordering Gift Cards right now.  That always happens the week of Fathers Day.  You can buy them online by CLICKING HERE.  We can send a last minute e-mail version for you or to you.  Or, call the shop at 865-448-9459 to order.  It’s not too late.


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Dan Munger has done a great job growing our schools.  Student participation has been running 50% or more ahead of last year, most months, by adding new classes and increased enthusiasm.  Now, he is introducing our new Orvis Free Fly Fishing 101 Classes for beginners. 

This two-hour class is perfect for those who have an interest in fly fishing, but may not be ready to take the plunge.  Held at our shop and in the casting area behind the store, you will receive basic knowledge about fly fishing and casting a fly rod.  You will learn to tie a couple of knots and other simple but important techniques pertaining to the sport.  This is a low pressure, no cost and fun way to begin.  Then, you can decide if you want to move forward.

Check our schedule by CLICKING HERE.  Call the shop at 865-448-9459 to reserve your spot.  Then, just show up.  Actually, we are holding our first one tomorrow.  Call after 9:00 am today.


As part of our effort to introduce more anglers to fly tying, we have a beginner fly tying class scheduled on July 18th. This class will be taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  We’ve been teaching fly tying classes for 18 years.  This one is the most popular of the 4 classes offered.  CLICK HERE to learn more.  Call the shop to sign up.


This class will be held Sunday July 5th.  It will be taught by Rob Fightmaster and Bill Bolinger.  If we have a big turnout, David Knapp may help.  This class will be held in our classroom and on a Smoky Mountain stream.  Cost is $125 for the day, which includes lunch.  This class could help you further your knowledge, resulting in higher catch rates and enjoyment, especially when trout are not taking dry flies, which is often.  Call the shop to reserve your space, which is limited.  If the class is full, get on the waiting list.

We’ve got a lot going on the Summer.  I’m hoping for cool rainy days and nights.

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

Byron Begley
June 19, 2015

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