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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. At 5:42 am, the temperature outside is 69.4 degrees. Today will be very warm, in the upper 80’s. Daytime temperatures will hover around that mark through Sunday. Lows at night will be in the high 60’s through the period. There is a chance for thunderstorms every day, with a higher chance tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.
A strong storm moved into the mountains yesterday evening dropping heavy rain for a short time. Little River rose briefly.
Currently, Little River is flowing at 162 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.88 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 142 cfs. The water temperature is 69.3 degrees this morning.
Due to higher than normal flows, fly fishing will be good, if you fish the mid to high elevations, where the water is cooler. Dry flies or nymphs, or a combination of both will produce for you. I would use a yellow dry fly of some sort or a black beetle. Green and Pink Weenies make a great dropper right now.
We will probably see water levels fluctuating through the weekend. These afternoon thunderstorms are beneficial to good Summer fishing, though they sometimes cause problems for us. Being scattered in nature, you may find high water in one stream, and lower flows in others. Be prepared to move around if needed. Also, watch for quickly rising water. If you see turbid or rising water in the stream where you are wading, get out.
Lowland river fishing can be pretty good right now, depending on the flow in the stream you intend to fish. Right now, Little River looks great.
I’m seeing a lot of days with the description “mostly cloudy” in the forecast this week. That is a good sign for anglers, especially fly fishermen, who are usually fishing in shallower depths. Cloudy days make for better fly fishing on lakes and larger rivers, including tailwaters. This should be a good fishing week, if you can dodge the thunderstorms.
Our telephones at the shop were out of service yesterday afternoon. If you called, you probably got a recording indicating they had been disconnected. I called the shop last night and they seemed to be working again.
We have 7 phone lines operating various pieces of equipment, including phones. Processing credit cards and selling fishing licenses are two services using phone lines. Security monitoring is another. It is very hectic at the shop when the phone lines are dead. And, you can’t call us. We hate that!
Fly fishing manufacturers are showing next year’s new tackle and gear. Over the next few weeks, sales reps will be coming to our store with the new samples. Daniel will be sitting through presentations often. He will be placing orders, some for Fall delivery, and others for 2017 delivery.
My job will be photographing or using stock photos, and updating our online store. There will be new items, discontinued items and color changes, that all require action and time.
I read this morning, Scientific Anglers (SA) has a new coating additive that is even slicker than before. The are calling these new fly lines “Amplitude”. We will be getting them in September. This must be a giant step in fly lines. They will sell for $129.95. When you see a fly line that costs that much, there must be something special about it. I would say this is going to be a special fly line.
Scientific Anglers is owned by Orvis. I would not be surprised to see this new technology in Orvis fly lines soon, if not now. We sell Scientific Anglers, Orvis and Rio fly lines. For the first 6 months, our fly line business is up 36.78% over the same period last year. That is a hefty increase.
A slicker fly line shoots through the fly rod guides with less friction, resulting in longer casts and sometimes, higher floating properties. Fly line companies are always trying to increase slickness, durability and offering fly lines that float better. If you are new to the sport, you would not believe how far fly lines have come during the past 30 years. Go back 50 years and the difference is really unbelievable.
It’s the same with fly rods. Fly rods have become thinner and lighter, while maintaining strength and stiffness. Companies are also developing lighter fiberglass fly rods, for those who like slower actions. Fiberglass fly rods are a joy to use, especially if long distance casting is not your goal. I started fly fishing before carbon fiber was invented. I used fiberglass fly rods. I still use one, at times and love it.
I always have a glass rod in our boat, when fly fishing on lakes. That is my bluegill fly rod. It is hanging on the wall in our boat house right now, with a small BoogleBug popper tied on. I don’t break down fly rods for storage. The ones Paula and I use are always lined up and ready to go, unless we are traveling long distances.
Well, enjoy this much improved fishing week. I think it’s a good one.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.