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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Strong storms moved through our area yesterday evening. Some storms were severe. Knoxville was hit hard. Downed trees caused power outages to more than 14,000 homes there. Some are still without power.
A very strong storm missed our house by a mile or so. I saw it coming on the radar, then slip past to our south. We could see it move over Cades Cove from our house. I bet Abrams Creek was pounded by rain. It is raining now, and the radar indicates a large band of heavier rain is headed our way.
Little River is flowing at 136 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.78 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 128 cfs. Right now, the river is rising quickly. The water temperature is 71.4 degrees this morning.
Cataloochee Creek has peaked at about normal. Tellico River is high and rising quickly. Oconaluftee River is flowing barely above normal but rising fast. Little Pigeon River in Sevierville has peaked and not running very high.
The temperature this morning is 67.8 degrees. More rain and thunderstorms are predicted. Some storms could be strong. The U.S. Weather service states we could see localized flooding from these storms.
If you view the long term forecast, for the next 15 days, you will see hot temperatures and a good chance for thunderstorms almost every day. That could change of course. I think we can count on plenty of rain and heat for a while.
Little River has peaked at 1.73 feet on the gauge. This level is certainly fishable and can be waded. The river may be stained.
If you are planning to fish in the Smoky Mountains, I have no advice. I don’t know where I would go, or if I would go at all. We are minutes away from more rain and it looks like some strong storms are on the way. You never know, the storms could break up or miss us all together. Still, I would be hesitant about fishing in the mountains today. The ground is saturated. Quickly rising water is a possibility.
I would not launch our boat in a lake this morning. That won’t happen. I would not float a lowland river. I might fish a tailwater, but stay fairly close to the truck. I don’t know what to expect, so I’m staying home.
I am going to the fly shop this morning for a short time. I guess you could do the same. I haven’t had a day off in a couple of weeks. I’m not going to waste a day off with this weather. I would rather work.
The U.S. Drought monitor will be updated today, based on data obtained two days ago. If it indicates we are abnormally dry or in a moderate drought, I’m going to take issue with that.
We really needed this rain. There is more to come. Fishing will be much better in the Smokies now. We are going to have some hot days, so you will probably be fishing in the higher elevations where the water is cool.
Dry flies are working well. Adding a dropper is a good idea. The forest is loaded with terrestrials. Water is washing them into the streams. Sourwood worms are dropping into the rivers. It’s hard to beat a Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern this time of year, but you should consider using beetles and ants. Green and Pink Weenies are a good option for sub-surface flies.
After these storms settle down, I would fish in the Park and have some terrestrial patterns in my box. Check the water levels before you go.
I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what happens today, then plan for some fly fishing in the lush, cool, comfortable mountains.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.