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 6:33 am, it is 69 degrees.  Today will be hot, with a high in the low 90’s.  This trend will continue at least through the weekend.  There is a slight chance for scattered thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday, with that chance increasing next week.


Little River is flowing at 315 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.18 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 126 cfs.  The water temperature is 65.1 degrees this morning.


Fishing conditions are excellent.  Flows are great in the streams.  We have Spring-like flows today.  The water is cool today.

We can expect the water levels to continue a recede and also warm. By tomorrow, we may be better off fishing in the high elevations.  For now, I would chose a mid to high elevation stream.  Today, I would fish on the Middle Prong of Little River higher up, Lynn Camp Prong or the East Prong in the Elkmont area.

Dry flies or nymphs should work well.  Fishing conditions are ideal, right now.


Little River was flowing clear yesterday downstream to Walland.  I drove to Knoxville yesterday.  The Tennessee River was muddy and the Little River embayment was also turbid. 

I think you might have a great day of fishing on some of the lowland rivers, due to the higher water, if you can find one that is flowing clear.  If Little River is muddy at Rockford, keep driving upstream until you find clear water.  Lower Abrams Creek should be clear but I don’t know that for a fact.  Also, I don’t know what the water turbidity conditions are on the Little Pigeon.

If smallmouth bass are your target, it might be worth the chance to find out by visiting one of these rivers.


They will probably be generating at Norris Dam all day.  It looks the same at Cherokee Dam.  Douglas Dam will be generating too.  This may not be a good tailwater day around here, especially for wade fishing.


Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Maryville Animal Control officers captured a 200-pound black bear that was seen multiple times in Maryville yesterday.  The bear was finally sedated using dart guns.  It was removed and released somewhere in the wild.

The bear showed no aggression toward humans.  Maybe the animal was confused.  It was most likely looking for food.  They always are.

Bears in a populated town can cause traffic accidents and the bear could possibly be injured or killed.

We see them around here often, especially this year.  Out in the woods, where traffic is light and slow, it’s not a big deal.  I’ve had bears run across a road right in front of me many times. It happened to me about three weeks ago.  When they decide to go, they go, head down and running fast.  It happens quickly.

You can read the story in the Daily Times by CLICKING HERE.


Lightning struck somewhere close to our shop Tuesday during that awful storm.  We lost quite a bit of our digital communications equipment.  6 of our 7 phone lines are now operating.  Tuesday afternoon, we only had one after the lightning strike.  3 PC computers are fried.  One of our Mac computers is toast, to quote a technician. We lost our main credit card terminal.  It knocked out our large network laser printer. 

The security system, was not operating until yesterday.  For some reason, 3 smoke detectors were rendered useless, and causing the system to report smoke to our security company.  Our TWRA License printer died.  Some routers were destroyed.  A relay in one of 4 our HVAC units was blown. We may have other problems we are not aware of.

Most of the damage occurred to machines or devices that were connected by Ethernet cable on our LAN network.  Some computers that were connected to the network are fine.  Our main server is fine.  Our Mac repair shop told me yesterday, that is often the case.  The surge came through the Ethernet, not the power lines.

Equipment was shipped overnight.  Some was installed  yesterday.  More will be installed today.  Our IT technician worked 7 hours Tuesday.  He will be at the shop again today.

Luckily, there was no data loss.  We backup daily and data is automatically saved to two different hard drives in the store, live.  Backup data is stored off site at Daniel’s house and here at our house. Our websites are stored and accessed on remote servers in Washington, DC.  We have 10 computers in our building.  We lost 4.  

Though we are limping along, our equipment and services are gradually being restored.  A store like ours can’t operate without computers and data lines.  We have become more vulnerable over the years.

The damage will be covered by insurance with a $2,500 deductible.  They say lightning does not strike twice in the same place.  I find comfort in that.

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

Byron Begley
July 17, 2015 

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