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.  At 5:58 am, it is dark but I can see clouds in the sky.  The temperature is 68 degrees.  Yesterday’s high was 98 degrees in Townsend, and near 90 at our house.

We have a 100% chance for thunderstorms today.  Right now, a big one is headed our way and if it doesn’t fizzle out, we should have heavy rain falling in about one hour.

Paula and I were sitting on the front deck early last night.  We could see dark clouds, lightning and thunder over the mountains in Cades Cove.  I checked the radar.  They got a drenching up there.  Later, the same storm drifted over the mountains and hit us.  We got a lot of rain at our house.

LITTLE RIVER CONDITIONS

Rain fell all around the Park last night, but missed the Little River watershed once again.  Currently, flow is 42 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.16 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 124 cfs.  The water temperature is 74.7 degrees this morning.

Cattaloochee Creek, Oconaluftee River and Tellico River gauges are all reporting flows above median flow this morning.  The Knoxville Airport received .65 inches of rain yesterday.

FISHING IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS

First, today, you will need to be careful due to the possibility of flash flooding, anywhere you fish in the Park.

Some streams have plenty of water and right now, Little River does not. 

Due to the warm water, fish in the higher elevations.  Dry flies should work.  I would use a Yellow Sally stonefly pattern.  Inchworms are inching their way around everywhere you look right now.  Try a Green Weenie.  I bet that will work well.

Water temperatures will fall by tomorrow morning.

COOL TEMERATURES AND RAIN IN OUR FUTURE

As I said earlier, we have a 100% chance for thunderstorms today.  It will be dry tomorrow and Monday.  Then, the chance for rain returns, with a 40% to 50% chance Tuesday through Monday, July 6th.

It will be much cooler.  They say tonight’s low will be in the 50’s.  Expect high temperatures in the 80’s next week, with lows in the 60’s.

FLOODING AND BEARS KEEPING SOME AREAS CLOSED IN THE PARK

The Cosby area of Great Smoky Mountains has flood damage and the entrance road is closed. 

Bear related backcountry closures include, Bone Valley Trail, Cold Spring Gap Trail, Hazel Creek Trail, Jenkins Ridge, Cosby Knob Shelter, Derrick Knob Shelter, Mount LeConte Shelter and backcountry campsites 36, 37, 38, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 and 88.  There are other areas in the Park that have bear warnings posted. 

Before planning a backcountry excursion, check with the GSMNP Closure and Warning page by CLICKING HERE.

BE A VOLUNTEER AT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS INSTITUTE AT TREMONT!

Here is a great opportunity to volunteer in the Park at the Institute.  They are looking for volunteers.

You can learn more by attending their open house on July 9th at Noon.  They have many volunteer jobs open.  You can read them by CLICKING HERE.

The Volunteer Open House is free to attend.  However, lunch reservations are required and space is limited.  Call Heather Davis at 865-448-6709 or e-mail her at heather@gsmit.org to make a reservation.

SHOP TALK

We are holding a Beginner Fly Fishing Class today and tomorrow.  I think the classes are full, but you never know.  Call the shop if you are interested at 865-448-9459.  Today’s class starts at 9:00 am.  If you can’t get into a class this weekend, ask about future dates.

You can visit our School Schedule page by CLICKING HERE.

Daniel has been on vacation but will be back at work today.

Finally, our shipment of Mary K “The Fish Lady” brown trout t-shirts are here.  The shirt dyer sold to another company, while her order was in production, and that caused delays.  This is the beautiful brown trout t-shirt you have seen at our store before.  It is awesome.

I am looking forward to this cooler and wetter weather.  The storm that was headed our way broke apart.  Light rain is almost here and more storms are tracking our way.

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

Byron Begley
June 27, 2015

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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