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The Fishing Report 07/14/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:10 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Water Temperature Little River
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70.2 Fahrenheit
2.03 Feet 225 CFS
6:31
8:53
29.45"
27.41"



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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:10 am, the temperature outside is 71.6 degrees.

We have a slight chance for showers this morning, then a chance for thunderstorms after 11 am. It will be partly sunny today with a high temperature in the mid to upper 80’s. Thunderstorms are likely tomorrow. The high temperatures will be in the mid-80’s.

We have a good chance for rain Monday and Tuesday.

Rain fell in the Smoky Mountains after midnight. All streams that have USGS gauges are showing a slight rise in water levels. Some have peaked, while others have not.

Little River is flowing at 225 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.03 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for the date is 137 cfs. The water temperature is 70.2 degrees this morning.

Fishing today will be best in the higher elevations where the water is cooler. There is a chance you will find somewhat high or stained water at times. I do not think that is the case right now, but it is possible. Later today, if scattered storms happen to pass over the watershed where you are fishing, the stream could rise or become stained.

We are seeing some of the best fishing conditions in the Smokies, in July, that we have had in years. We continue to get enough rain to maintain above normal flows. And it appears, that trend will continue through the month.

Daytime temperatures will be close to normal over the next few days. Temperatures at night will be above normal.

As always, during the Summer months, be aware that water levels may rise quickly. If you see the water become stained, it will also be rising. Move to the bank and be prepared to exit the stream, if needed.

This is the time of year when terrestrial fly patterns produce well. Land based insects that fall into the water provide a valuable source of food for trout during the Summer months. It is a good idea to use foam beetles, ants and Green or Pink Weenies. Other dry flies and nymphs will produce well too. The trout are hungry and searching for food.

You will do best where the sun is off the water. Fish shaded areas. Go early or late. My preference would be to hike into the backcountry, in the higher elevations. There, you can get away from people swimming and tubing in the larger streams. This is peak tourist season in the Smoky Mountains.

My favorite Summer streams are Lynn Camp Prong or Little River above Elkmont. You can hike for miles on these beautiful streams. It will be cooler and more comfortable. There are many streams, other than those that are good choices too.

Some of my friends, I grew up with in Kentucky, and I, floated the French Broad River with guides Josh Pfeiffer and Gary Troutman. We floated Thursday. We were fishing for smallmouth bass and fishing was good. They are excellent guides and good guys to spend the day with on a beautiful river, which the French Broad is.

We caught most of our bass on sub-surface flies, though some were caught on poppers. We caught some small fish and some in the 16”+ range, up to the one 20” fish Mouse caught. Mouse won the “big fish bet” and took an extra $3.00 back to Kentucky with him yesterday. He battled that fish, on the reel, while Gary steered his raft down the river, and he finally scooped it into his net. That was an exciting time.  

I have fished there and other rivers with Josh, but I had never fished with Gary. I spent the day in the stern of Gary’s raft. I loved that raft. It is quiet. That boat slipped over rocks in riffles without making hardly any noise. A raft is a quiet vessel.

I consider Josh, Gary and Jack, to be the smallmouth bass fly fishing experts in our area. I have learned so much from those guys over the past few years. Jack does not guide, but we fish together often. We’ll probably go fishing next week. Gary and Jack sparked my interest in smallmouth bass fly fishing, at least 10 years ago and maybe longer. When Josh started guiding, he introduced many fly fishermen to the sport on the rivers nearby and lured me further into this exciting fly fishing. Josh and Gary also guide anglers for trout, on tailwaters and in the Smoky Mountains. Josh teaches at our fly fishing school.

Both Josh and Gary earned their US Coast Guard Captain’s License. You can learn more about these guys by CLICKING HERE. Book a float trip with them and you will have a great day. If you do not have the necessary heavier tackle, don’t worry, they do. If you are not used to casting for smallmouth bass, don’t worry, you will learn.

The French Broad is a tailwater, that originates in North Carolina. There are other tailwaters that Josh and Gary guide on in the area. The rivers are cool, within smallmouth bass preferred temperatures. So, you can do well floating them during the hot months. Josh and I have done well in August on the French Broad.

We had a great time. Frank and I have been friends for over 60 years. Wayne and Mouse and I have been buddies for over 50 years. We all fly fish and love being together.

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

Byron Begley
July 14, 2018   

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