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 July 4th, Independence Day.  At 6:07 am, we have light rain and the temperature is 68 degrees.

Rain is expected all weekend with chances varying from 70% to 80%.  Though it has rained off and on for days, many streams are flowing at a reasonable level for fishing.

You should be aware, that we are under a flash flood watch.  Some storms could have heavy rain.  The ground is saturated.  A storm containing heavy rain could cause a flood in the stream you are fishing. This rain, is going to be very beneficial, for fishing in the Smoky Mountains, over the next few weeks.


Little River is flowing at 212 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.90 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 114 cfs.  The water temperature is 66.2 degrees this morning.  We do not take beginner students, to Little River for a class, if the gauge is reading 2.5 feet or higher.  We are below that threshold this morning.


Right now, conditions look great.  Fishing should be very good today, depending on what happens with the weather. It is cloudy.  That is favorable.  The water levels are good in most streams that have gauges I can read online.  The water temperature in Little River is very good. 

If you go, I think nymphs will work best.  I would certainly use a Green Weenie, Tellico Nymph, Hare’s Ear or Prince Nymph.  If you want to try a dry fly, use one of the many Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns.  Rob’s Hellbender or a Yellow Neversink Caddis would be my choices.

Always be watchful for rising water.  A strong thunderstorm, with heavy rain, could occur upstream without you even knowing it happened, resulting in a wall of high water, flowing  downstream toward you.  Don’t try to wade in swollen or stained water.  A man drowned in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River yesterday.


The Park Service has re-opened many trails and backcountry campsites in the Hazel Creek area.  Most of been closed since June 6th due to a bear attack on a camper.  Rangers and biologists, feel confident, they shot the bear that attacked the camper.


Yesterday evening, a man kayaking down the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River, capsized in a kayak and drowned.  This happened inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Read the article on the Daily Times Website by CLICKING HERE.  This article contains many warnings about high water safety or the lack thereof.


If you are thinking about learning to fly fish, call the shop quickly this morning and reserve your space in this free 2-hour class.  If you are visiting Townsend for the holiday, this is something you may want to attend.  It is free.


We are busy.  This has been a very good year.  Consumer spending is up and unemployment is at it’s lowest point in years, since 2009.  We are investing our profits in more inventory.  You have probably not seen our store stocked this well in years. 

It’s hard to believe, but, the new 2016 fly fishing gear is being shown to us now.  We will be placing orders for next year, as early as August of this year.  Some new merchandise will be available for sale this Fall. 

By placing orders early, we are assured of getting what we order.  We get better deals and terms.  Pre-season ordering is essential to the success of our shop.

Fishermen are almost always enthusiastic about new gear.  Manufacturers are constantly changing and improving their merchandise, to create more excitement in their brands.

I will be working at home today on our website.  Tomorrow I’ll be in the shop doing some bookkeeping chores. 

I played one of the guitars last night for over an hour.  I’m trying to re-learn, after a 23-year pause.  My fingers are killing me.  I have a renewed respect for David Gilmour, not that I ever really lost it.  Last night’s song was, “Coming back to life”, by Pink Floyd.  Watch and listen on YouTube.  David hits licks I may never learn.  I will learn these.  It’s “Comfortably Numb” I’m worried about.

We will be open all weekend, as usual.

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

Byron Begley
July 4, 2015

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