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 7:17 am, light rain is falling and the temperature is 68 degrees.

Small storms, with some heavy rain, inched toward Townsend all day yesterday.  I photoshopped merchandise photography all day, but occasionally looked at the weather radar.  The screen resembled a Pac-Man game, as small red storms kept coming our way from the west.

We’ll probably see the same thing today and tomorrow, with stronger and larger storms predicted Tuesday.  We’re going to get some rain this week.


Little River is flowing at 193 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.84 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 121 cfs.  The water temperature is 69.4 degrees.


Fishing has improved, and that trend should continue, unless we get too much rain.  The water is still warm in the low elevations.  It would be best for you and the trout, if you fished in the higher elevations, where the water is cooler.

It is overcast today, which is favorable to the fisherman.  If the cloud cover remains, this is going to be a very good day to fish in the mountains.  Nymphs would be my choice.  Watch for quickly rising water.  The ground is saturated.  High water or flash floods are possible. 

It appears the Little River Watershed, got more rain than others in the Park.  I would fish this drainage today.  Who knows what the future will bring, but for now, Little River seems to be your best choice.  We live near Cades Cove.  Those Pac-Man storms moved over us and the cove.  I suspect Abrams Creek will also be flowing higher than normal, so you may try that beautiful river.  You will encounter traffic.  This is a Sunday.  I would pick Little River or it’s many tributaries.


If you are reading this report, while fishing the Clinch River, you are most likely enjoying some low flows right now.  Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to use one generator at 10 am, and continue until 2 pm.  Then, they plan to create more power after that.  The same schedule applies to Cherokee Dam.  Check the TVA website yourself before going.  TVA schedules are subject to change and I am subject to error.


Tomorrow, I will show you the data and charts depicting the population analysis of Lynn Camp Prong, before and since the 7 year project began.  The project, restored over 9 miles of former rainbow and brook trout water, to a Southern Appalachian Brook Trout fishery.  The stream opened to fishing this year.

I will give you more details tomorrow, and you will see, the brookie population exploded, and surpassed the Park Service goals. 


According to The Salt Lake Tribune and the Daily Times, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) placed 4th in rescues, within the National Park system.  I thought we would have placed first.  Ahead of our Park are, Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and Yosemite.

GSMNP is the most visited National Park, approaching 10 million visitors per year.  GSMNP is a wilderness area.  Most visitors don’t know that.  They see nice roads, following beautiful rivers, with pull-offs made for viewing spectacular vistas.  Visitors see signs, rangers, wildlife and scenery, while driving along with a car full of family members.  The trails are clearly marked.  Heck, this is a park.  It’s a safe place to be!

What many visitors don’t know is, once you leave the road, or a trail, you are entering that vast wilderness, and you are subject to getting lost.  The high elevations are pounded by heavy snow at times during the winter.  Snow is measured in inches in this valley.  Snow is measured in feet, higher up. Those beautiful streams can become dangerous flooded rivers, at a moments notice, and people get trapped, on the wrong side. Hiking out can be next to impossible.

You can read the article on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE.  It is an interesting read.

The shop is open today, like it is every Sunday.  I’ll be at home photoshopping merchandise images and writing stories about tackle.

This may be a great fishing day.  I hope you can go.

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

Byron Begley
July 12, 2015

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