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 sunny and 62 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I drove by several motels.  Their parking lots are full.  This has been a very busy weekend in Townsend and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Today, we will see mass exodus.  People were loading their cars this morning.  Trucks and cars pulling travel trailers and pop ups will be departing.  Some people will stay.  A customer who was camping at Elkmont last week told me the campground was about 50% occupied.  I’m sure that changed Friday. 

Little River is flowing low at 55 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.31 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 142 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 67.7 degrees. 

Fishing is fair.  Finding a place to fish on the larger streams near the roads has been next to impossible except early and late.  Swimmer, tubers and rock skippers are everywhere near the roads.  That will subside later today.  Tomorrow will be different.

Fishing is good on some streams away from the crowds.  I talked to a fellow who fished with Rob Fightmaster Friday.  He said the fishing was slow until about noon.  Then, it really picked up.  He said they caught some nice trout and the fish were very active.  I don’t know where they were.

Wherever you go, you need to be sneaky.  This low water has the trout on edge.  You should use light tippet and smaller dry flies.  Nymphs will work too.  It’s not easy out there.  More experienced anglers, who are used to fishing low water will fare better.  Today would be a good day to develop those skills.

Everyone is talking about aggressive black bears.  Evidently, food is scarce.  Right now, berries are plentiful but these animals are hungry and looking for a meal.  Several trails are closed in the Park due to aggressive bear activity. 

As in many previous years, when food is scarce and the berries have gone, bears wander into the lowlands.  That’s when we start seeing them at our house and even in town.  Unfortunately, they often cross roads, causing accidents. 

At our house we don’t have bird feeders.  We don’t put garbage outside.  We try not to give bears a reason to be around our house.  They usually just pass through looking for a meal somewhere else. 

It looks like we’ll get some rain, starting Wednesday.  I hope so.  Though we are not considered in a drought, we are labeled here as being “Abnormally Dry” on the U.S. Drought Monitor.  It’s been that way for a while.

Today I will make yesterday’s deposit, run payroll, pay payroll taxes and bills.  After that, I’ll add more items to our new online store. 

I’ve spent the last two days learning new e-commerce software.  We are using a package called “Big Commerce”.  It takes about 5 minutes to add a new item to the new store if I’m copying one from the old store.  That’s 12 per hour and if I can stand to do it for 7 hours, that will be 84 items per day.  I usually work 6 days per week.  So, if I can devote 5 of those days to the store, I’ll enter 420 items per week. 

If I can keep up that pace, we should launch in about a month.  The time issue happens when I have to write the content and photograph the item to be sold.  That can take an hour.  This might take two months.

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

Byron Begley
July 6, 2014 

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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