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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful Saturday morning.  After taking a look at Little River I stopped at the Visitors Center to take some pictures of the tractors, lined up for a tractor show.  A County Deputy was there, probably paid by the event manager to watch the tractors overnight.  I talked to him about Frank’s new police car, the Tahoe that has not been put into service yet.  We laughed about Frank.  Frank is one of the funniest policemen I have ever met.  He handed a lady a speeding ticket one day and she said, “Can’t you just give me a warning?”  Frank said, “Yes ma’am, don’t do it again”.

Frank wants me to ride with him while he works on a busy day.  We’ve been talking about that for years.  Heck, Willie and Si Robertson did it.  Why not me?  

A couple of nice folks were walking on the bike trail.  A gentleman saw my name tag and told me he reads this fishing report.  He told me I did a great job on the report and he loves reading it.  I appreciated his comments.  This is a great town to live in.

It is 65 degrees and it feels good.  A small but strong thunderstorm pounded us for a few minutes after closing time yesterday.  I was here talking to Michael Talley, the Mayor of Townsend.  Michael and I have been close friends for years.  He’s going to Yellowstone and I’m going to loan him a fly rod and reel.  They will be backpacking.  I warned him about the bears out there.  “Their bears are different from our bears.  They are big and mean”. 

Little River is flowing at 445 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.59 feet on the gauge.  We consider 2.5 feet acceptable for beginners to wade.  That is the top limit upon which we make the decision to have a 2nd day school in the Smokies.  So, we are about there, within an inch give or take a quarter inch or so.  A level of 2.5 feet is also what we consider the high side of good.  The water temperature is 60.7 degrees this morning.

Some streams have been flowing very high and others have not but most of them are flowing lower today.  You should not have trouble find one that is to your liking.  Yesterday, the Middle Prong was flowing strong.  The West Prong was friendlier to wading anglers. 

Try dry flies or nymphs.  Either one should work well.  I would tend to start with a nymph, maybe a Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Green Weenie.  This evening I would switch to a dry fly for sure.  My pattern choice would be a Parachute Adams, Yellow Stimulator or a Yellow Neversink Caddis.  The water temperature is perfect right now.  You will enjoy fishing in the Smokies today.

At this point, TVA is saying there will only be one generator operating at Norris Dam until 2 pm this afternoon.  The water is supposed to be off until 10:00 am.  I’m sure there are anglers on the Clinch River right now, catching trout.  There will most likely be fishermen in boats all day on the river.  Check with TVA before you go to be sure my information is correct and there are no changes that have been made in the schedule.  Also, be aware that they can start generating at any time without notice.

The lowland rivers are getting lower and clearer.  Smallmouth bass fishing in those streams should improve.

The warm days that are expected during the next week should improve the lake fishing as well.  We encountered cooler than normal water this week and fishing was fairly slow compared to last week. Smallmouth bass were on the banks and taking floating flies.  They retreated to deeper water when the temperature dropped.

We have a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms every day.  That is normal this time of year.  They usually occur in the afternoons. 

We just got in a shipment of Orvis Helios 2 fly rods.  Those rods are sweet.  I know, they are $795 to $850 each.  For that kind of money you expect something different and very nice.  These rods are different and very nice.

Josh Pfeiffer will be giving a fly tying demonstration at the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting on June 27th.  He will be tying smallmouth bass flies.  Our Chapter meets at Monte Vista Baptist Church on Old Niles Ferry Road in Maryville.  The meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

You should go if at all possible.  You don’t have to be a member to attend.  Just show up and plan on having fun.  You will meet some nice folks.

I believe the owner of Freedom Hawk kayaks will be here today delivering two boats to a customer.  I don’t know him personally but he wants to talk to me.  I’m looking forward to that. 

Get out there and fish today.  I plan to fish two days next week.

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

Byron Begley
June 22, 2013

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