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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 69 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It is a beautiful morning.  The air is clear, low elevation fog is scattered throughout the mountains and the forest is green.  This rain we have been getting has really made a difference in the landscape.  It rained again sometime during the night. 

Little River is flowing at 120 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow is 122 cfs for this date.  The water in town is slightly off color and the water is rising right now.  I don’t know where the turbidity is coming from.  It could be a creek outside the Park or one or more of the tributaries in the Smokies.  The water temperature is 71.5 degrees at the “Y”.

More rain is on the way today and tonight.  Tomorrow looks fairly good with a 40% chance for rain, partly cloudy and a high temperature of 86 degrees.  Sunday looks better.  There is a lower chance for rain, 30%.  This should be a nice weekend to be fishing in the Smoky Mountains.

Fishing conditions are very good.  You might do better in the higher elevations.  I would fish above the Institute on the Middle Prong of the Little River.  That road is open now. Next, I would pick Elkmont and upstream from the campground.  The West Prong of the Little Pigeon and it’s tributaries all the way to the top should be fishing very well.  We’ve got everything going for us right now, overcast skies, normal water levels and it is fairly cool for July.  Trout should be taking dry flies or nymphs or maybe just one or the other.  Try a combination of both, a small Yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis with a Green Weenie trailing behind.

Some of the lowland rivers may be stained and they chance for more muddy water is likely today.  After the rain ceases the smallmouth bass fishing will be good downstream.  The water is at a good level and it is going to be cooler.  Fishing will be best early and late.

Smallmouth bass fishing on the tailwaters has been very good. 

We should be busy at the shop this weekend.  Unless some major storm hits us today, the fishing in the Smokies will be better than it has been.  And, it is going to be more comfortable outside, especially in the higher elevations. 

I just stuck my camera out the window in my office and took these photos.  Can you see the line of fog?  That fog follows the path of Little River from near the Park entrance.  I see that often.  Sometimes the fog is thicker and more pronounced.  In fact, the fog is getting thicker right now.  I describe this scene often and I thought you might like to see what I’m talking about.

Fog following Little River through Townsend

Fog following Little River through town

Another photo of the fog hovering above Little River

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

Byron Begley
July 20, 2012

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