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The Fishing Report 06/22/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:52 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Water Temperature Little River
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66.0 Fahrenheit
2.21 Feet 291 CFS
6:20
8:56
24.03"
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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 5:52 am, the temperature outside is 66.7 degrees.

Today will be partly cloudy with a high temperature in the mid-80’s. Showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening. Some storms may be severe. There is only a low chance for rain Saturday. Thunderstorms are likely Sunday.

It rained in Townsend yesterday. We got .48” near our home. Rain fell in the Park late yesterday and last night. All streams in the Smokies that have USGS Gauges rose. Most are receding now, except for the Little Pigeon River.

Little River is currently flowing at 291 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.21 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 133 cfs. The water temperature is 66.0 degrees this morning.

Little River is at a fishable level. Other streams are probably fishable too. You may find stained water in some drainages this morning. I don’t know how high the Little Pigeon River will rise or if it is stained. I suspect it probably is.

I would pick a stream, in the Little River watershed, and be prepared to move if you find stained water. Be on the lookout for rising water this afternoon. The East Prong above Elkmont or Lynn Camp Prong are two good choices.

Fishing will be good at the mid to high elevations, if the water is clear. Be prepared with Yellow Sally dry flies, foam beetles and both colors of Weenies, green and pink. You may do well using a Parachute Adams or a Bead Head Pheasant Tail. If the trout are not taking the yellow dry flies, try something darker. If they are not interested in the Weenies, try a darker nymph. I think they will be very interested in foam beetles.

You might consider fishing on a tailwater. They have been fishing well. Check the TVA website first, to view the generations schedules.

The lakes are fishing fair to good, especially early and late. I’m trying to pick a day next week to go. I’m thinking Monday or Tuesday look pretty good. I don’t fish on weekends.

I am tying Puglisi Threadfish Shad patterns to stock up. Paula and I are low on them. I am tying the small ones first, on a #4 egg hook. The finished fly is about 1.5” long. They take 30 to 45 minutes to tie, color and epoxy on the eyes. When we get one hooked on a log or on the bank, we go after those flies. Puglisi flies are very durable. The larger ones can take up to an hour to tie. We sell two sizes at the shop and buy them directly from Enrico Puglisi. They are not cheap and I know why!

I learned to tie Puglisi baitfish patterns at least 15 years ago. We used them for almost all game fish, including smallmouth, largemouth, trout, redfish and tarpon. You can shape and color these flies to mimic about any baitfish. They look realistic in the water, and keep their shape if they are trimmed right.

Some friends and I were floating down the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam, fishing for trout, years ago. We were on a guided trip in two drift boats. I had a few threadfin shad patterns with me. On the second day I tied one on and immediately started catching brown trout. We could see the fish coming out of the downed timber chasing them. I don’t know for sure if the Cumberland River has threadfin shad populations, but I suspect it does.

Those flies worked extremely well. In fact, at the end of the second day, both guides asked me for samples. I gave them the flies I had and tried to explain how to tie them. I don’t know where it went after that. One of the guides was Hagan Won. I have fished with Hagan since then but the subject of Puglisi flies never came up.

I have never tried them on the tailwaters around here. Some of my buddies and I will be floating for smallmouth with Josh Pfeiffer and Gary Troutman next month. I will give them a shot then. If they work, I will let you know.

I do use them on the lakes, every time we go. They are a killer lake fly around here.

I have linked to the Puglisi tying tutorial many times on this report and I’ll do it again. CLICK HERE. This is a two-page tutorial. At the bottom of page one you will see a link to page two.

It does not require a lot of skill to tie these flies. You don’t have to be a good fly tyer. It just takes time and the time is well worth it. Use spring scissors to do some of the trimming.

Dancing Bear Lodge is opening a coffee house and bakery. It should open late next month. You can read the article on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE. I bet this will be an awesome addition to Townsend, like everything else the Oldham’s have done here.

Steve and Janice Filmore are opening a pub in the old wedding chapel on Little River. I’m not sure when it will open, but we are all looking forward to that. I will stop and see what is going on and report back to you. They own the Chocolate Bar, Miss Lily’s Catering, The Lily Barn and a lot of beautiful property located on Little River. They are fine people.   

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

Byron Begley
June 22, 2018

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