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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 6:04 am, the temperature is 71.6 degrees.
We are in for more hot days and warm nights. Highs will be near or in the 90’s today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service predicts a 20% to 30% chance for rain, lower than predicted yesterday. Weather.com predicts a greater chance, 40% today and 50% tomorrow. I hope the latter is correct.
Little River is flowing at 78 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.52 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 136 cfs. The water temperature is a very warm 74.5 degrees, near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The water temperature in the low elevations is warm, warmer than I have recorded all year. All streams in the Smoky Mountains are flowing low.
These conditions narrow your options, to the higher elevation streams. You can catch trout in the lower elevations, but you are putting their health at risk, should you be catching and releasing them.
Your best option is to drive and hike into the backcountry, to high elevation, shaded streams. I would fish above Elkmont or high on Lynn Camp Prong for instance. You could drive toward Newfound Gap on Highway 441, and fish those streams in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River watershed. There are many higher elevation streams in the Park. Find water that is in the mid-60’s or cooler.
Dry flies will produce for you. Try a Yellow Sally Stonefly imitation or a foam beetle for your dry fly. If you like, drop a nymph or other sub-surface fly off the dry. Blending with the forest and staying hidden from the trout are essential. Use light tippet. You will find very low water at times, with some deep plunge pools scattered along the streams. The trout will be hiding in the deeper, choppy water at the head of the plunge pools and in deeper runs.
These are not ideal fishing conditions. Rain will help. Rain and cooler temperatures will change everything.
At this point, weather websites are predicting cooler temperatures and rain later next week. Some predict rain this weekend in the form of scattered afternoon thunderstorms.
There are short lived opportunities on the tailwaters today for wade fishermen. If you are fishing from a boat, those opportunities are much better. Check the TVA website to view the predicted generation schedules.
Fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the tailwaters is a good option on these hot days. That is exactly what I would be doing right now, if I were not working.
Fishing on the lakes may be fair early or late. The fishermen I know who are fishing the lakes, are going at daybreak, then heading home late in the morning before it gets too hot.
You can catch smallmouth bass and rock bass on the lowland rivers. Go early or late. The riffles in Little River, that are great spots to fish at times, are very shallow right now.
Fly fishing with poppers and streamers on the ponds should be fine, early and late. Largemouth bass and bluegill have to eat, and they become more active right before dark.
The fishing conditions are what they are. They will improve. I don’t know when but they always do.
Most of the United States is experiencing above average temperatures. The worst above average temperatures are occurring in the East, parts of the Southwest and Midwest and the Southeast regions of the Country. Predictions for August are similar.
Fly fishermen are still fly fishing. We are having a great month at the shop. Mail order is helping considerably. Orders are coming in from all over the Country. I work at home but I do check those mail orders online.
I spend 2 hours per day, tying Knuckleheads. It takes two hours for me to tie a dozen of those flies. I break that time up during the day. I do it because I want fly fishermen to have them, if they want them. Fishermen order them, so I tie in a permanent production area in my home office.
We buy the required mono eyes in 1,000 packs. I spend a few hours occasionally, making at least 2,000 body parts, all exactly the same size, using cutting jigs. It takes two body parts to make one fly. I pre-cut rubber legs by the hundreds.
I like to stay ahead, by 20 dozen or more. Last year I usually had 40 dozen unsold Knucklheads in stock, with much higher amounts during the Winter.
I guess in a way it is a hobby. If I break the time up it is not a burden. I get the job done, a little at a time.
I know what is coming for me in the near future, updating our online store with new merchandise. Every item requires a unique and un-plagiarized story. Daniel gave me the new Fishpond wholesale catalog yesterday. It feels much heavier than last year. He told me it is full of new gear. The new Fishpond items will be available for sale this Fall.
We also have a separate Fishpond website, fishpondflyfishing.com. All the text on that site has to be unique from our online store and everyone else’s website. Fishpond is a big job! We sell a lot of Fishpond gear. They appreciate us and we appreciate them. And we appreciate you.
All of our manufacturers will have new merchandise and those catalogs are arriving now.
I will be working with photography and writing content every day through the Fall and Winter.
All of the above, and writing this fishing report every morning, 7 days a week, is about all I do. I also design a weekly e-mail, which takes a few hours. That is my job. I do it all from home, where there are no interruptions, except an occasional bear, turkey, deer or bobcat, walking by my office window.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.