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 partly cloudy and 56 degrees in Townsend this morning.  This weather is unbelievable.  Today will be sunny with a high near 83 degrees.  Tonight the low should be in the 50’s again.

Little River is flowing very low at 46 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.24 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 128 cfs.  Last year on this date, Little River flowed at 319 cfs or 2.31 feet on the gauge.  The water temperature at 7:40 am is 67 degrees.

The water temperatures have fallen over the past couple of days.  That will improve the fishing in the lower elevations.  You still have to deal with low water though.  The trout are eager and hungry.  They are also spooky.  You can catch them but you need to be sneaky.

The trout should take dry flies or nymphs.  I’m a big fan of the Neversink Caddis.  That will work.  Lots of fishermen are using foam beetles right now.  A Green or Pink Weenie is a good choice for sub-surface fly fishing during the Summer.

I talked to a few guides this week.  They are busy.  Mike Bone said he is having a good year, much better than last.  Last year we had so much high water, he and his clients had a hard time finding proper flows on the tailwaters.  This year is much better.

I also talked to Rocky Cox.  Rocky has been spending some time guiding on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam.  That river is fishing well and getting better.  Before too long, it will hopefully be one of the best trout fisheries East of the Mississippi River, like it once was. 

If you are a trout fishermen, and most of you are, these guys do much of their work on the Clinch River and the Holston below Cherokee Dam.

I talked to Jim Jordan for a while Tuesday.  He has been concentrating on smallmouth bass for a few years.  He was a trout guide at one time, working with Mike Bone.

Jack isn’t fishing much.  I talk to him almost every day. 

We have rain in the forecast every day beginning tomorrow night through the weekend.  Rain would certainly be a blessing.  Our rainfall numbers have been running at a 6” plus deficit, year to date, for a while.

Some of our customers are preparing for their fishing trips to the Rockies and Alaska.  I’m wondering if people are traveling more this year.  We’ve been extremely busy in July.  Our sales were up 42% for the first two weeks of the month compared to last year.  Of course, the water was high in much of the Southeast U.S., the first two weeks in July 2013.

I’ll be meeting with Kim Mitchell in about an hour.  She is the new director of tourism for our County.  The organization falls under the oversight of the Blount Partnership which includes the Tourism Authority, the Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development Board.  I think Monday was her first day on the job.  I’m anxious to hear what she has to say.

Tuesday, I was interviewed for an hour by Rebecca, a woman who has been hired by the Tourism Authority to assemble ideas and comments, to prepare for a tourism workshop that will be held on Monday, July 28th.  She owns a market research company in Knoxville.  I will attend that workshop.  There will be a professional facilitator running the meeting.

Though my comments and answers during the interview will be confidential, I would not have answered or commented any differently if they were not.  I have my views and I don’t care who knows what they are.  This workshop will be interesting and hopefully beneficial to our very large tourism industry.   

I’m not fishing much this Summer.  We are remodeling our house.  Jack’s company is the general contractor.  Today, a new metal roof is being installed.  They started on that yesterday.  When the roof is finished, the kitchen is getting an overhaul. 

I worked on the fishing room, or “man cave” yesterday.  I moved the main stereo system in there from the great room.  The components are mounted in a rack and it is heavy.  One of the amplifiers weighs about 75 pounds.  I bought the system new in the mid 80’s but some of the technology is old school.  The amps have tubes.

I did start our boat motor yesterday.  I try to do that weekly whether we go fishing or not.  It’s good to do that.  Starting your outboard weekly will help you avoid mechanical problems, especially fuel related problems.  The motor ran fine.

Well, I better wrap up and be ready for this tourism meeting.

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

Byron Begley
July 17, 2014

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