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.  It is partly cloudy and 70 degrees in Townsend this morning.  A wild turkey hen was walking down our private road this morning.  I pulled up behind her and waited.  She could not make up her mind, which side of the road to depart.  Finally, the turkey walked off to the right about 20 feet from my truck.  I’m glad I lived long enough to see wild turkeys running around the house like chickens. 

When I was a kid, I had turkey calls and went turkey hunting.  I never saw one.  Times have changed.  I could never have imagined this happening when I was young.

Little River is flowing low at 65 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.37 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 114 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 70.2 degrees.

Fishing is actually pretty good.  You should go to the higher elevations where the water is cooler.  I talked to several fishermen yesterday who caught trout.  David Knapp guided a father/son team and they did fine.  Fishing is not excellent.  It’s just good. 

Mike Bryant came by after fishing yesterday.  I think he said the water temperature around Elkmont was around 65 degrees. 

The trout are spooky in this lower water.  You really need to stay hidden.

I would use a Green Weenie.  You may do OK with dry flies but I think I would stick to a weighted inchworm pattern for now.  Dry fly selection should include a Yellow Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulator, or a foam beetle of some sort.  Give them a try.  They may work fine.

We have a 60% chance for rain this afternoon in the form of thunderstorms.  The National Weather Service says they are “Likely”.

The guides are not posting much on their websites these days.  It’s no wonder.  They are busy.  They rise early and work until dark.  They might get a few days off each month this time of year.  I think Josh got four days off this month.  David is working about every day.  I haven’t talked to the other guys about their work habits this month.  They probably don’t have time to talk to me.  In their business, they have to make hay when the sun shines.  The sun shines in June.  They will all be busy until late Fall.  In our line of work, we have to save our money because we know what is coming, January and February.

I started digging into our new Online Store software yesterday.  I am embarking on a several month-long endeavor to completely re-build our online store.  I can tell you one thing, these new ecommerce programs are much easier to use than our old software. 

Before, we had to use HTML code to make it work the way we wanted.  Today, you don’t have to.  We’ve been living in the dark ages.

I’m looking forward to getting started on this project.

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

Byron Begley
June 28, 2014

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