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 daybreak, the temperature is 56 degrees.  It feels great outside.  The forest is damp and quiet.  All I could hear this morning was one crow, that presumably just woke up.

We were pounded by rain and threatened by thunderstorms yesterday afternoon and last night. 


Some streams in our area are flowing well above normal.  Little River is flowing at 146 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.67 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 113 cfs.  The water temperature is 69.4 degrees. 

Tellico River is flowing fairly high.  The Little Pigeon is not.  Cataloochee is flowing near normal.


Today will be beautiful, sunny with a high in the low 80’s.  Little River’s flow is very good for fly fishing today.  You should go there.  I would fish higher where the water is cooler.  Try above Elkmont or Lynn Camp Prong. Conditions there should be good.  I would use a dry fly, probably a Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern. A Green Weenie will work for you, either as a dropper off the dry, or fished alone and weighted with split shot.


Fishing is best early and late for bluegill and bass.  White bass are schooled and attacking shad on the surface, in huge numbers.  It’s that time of year.  Go early or late unless it is cloudy.


Fishing is good for trout on the Clinch and Holston Rivers.  I’ve seen a lot of pictures of those pigs being caught in the Clinch.  Those fish are so fat and healthy. Check out this rainbow caught by Shawn Madison. You can see it on our message board by CLICKING HERE

I noticed in the photo, it seems he has two temperature gauges on his boat, one for air and one for water.  It appears to me, from the photo, the air temperature is 88 degrees and the water temp is 45.7 degrees.  Maybe I’m wrong.  The Clinch River is cold.  It has always been very cold, when I fished there. But, 45.7 degrees on Friday?

Smallmouth bass fishing is very good on the Holston and French Broad.

Striper fishing is very good below Melton Hill Dam.  Charlie Smith told me they are catching them using 10 weight rods, sinking lines and baitfish streamers.


I spent most of yesterday afternoon working on our website school pages.  I re-designed the main school landing page.  You can see it by CLICKING HERE. It is not quite finished.

Click on to the new Free Beginner 101 Class.  We are holding one of those next Saturday, the 4th.  It is a free 2-hour introductory class, designed for and taught to those who may be interested in taking up the sport of fly fishing.  It is Free!

We are holding a Day 2 beginner fly fishing class today.  Instructors and students will be learning to fish in the Smoky Mountain streams. 

If I don’t get caught up too long at the shop, I should finish all the school pages today.  Then, I’ll move on to re-designing the Fly Tyers Weekend pages.


You’ve got a lot of fly fishing options right now.  Overall, fishing is very good around here.  It will be cooler this week.  More rain is expected after tomorrow and continuing for a few more days.   

It is Sunday and we are open from 9 am until 5 pm.  We are open 7 days a week.  Come on by!

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

Byron Begley
June 28, 2015

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