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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 6:15 am, the temperature is 71.6 degrees. It rained at our house last night, and it must have rained in the mountains. Little River is currently rising. It looks like Cataloochee Creek is inching up too. Tellico River is rising as well, fairly quickly and it is already at normal flow.
We have a decent chance for rain every day through the weekend. Weather websites vary in their predictions for the rain chances, ranging from 20% to 50%. It will be a little cooler over the next few days, from what he have dealt with recently. Highs should be in the mid to high 80’s. Lows are predicted to be in the high 60’s.
Little River is flowing at 96 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.61 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 134 cfs. The water temperature is 73.6 degrees.
The weather websites also predict mostly cloudy conditions today and through the weekend.
We could have some very good fishing conditions in the Smokies this weekend, especially considering this is July. That may not be true all over the Park, and it does depend on how much rain we get. If we do have higher water flows, cooler temperatures and overcast skies, those three components are all beneficial to good fishing. It is possible, some watersheds could receive too much rain. That is the only downside I can see right now.
If you go today, plan to fish in the higher elevations. Hike above Elkmont, up Lynn Camp Prong, or drive to higher elevation streams on Highway 441. There are many other options. Dry flies will work well. Use Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns or terrestrials. Other patterns will produce. The trout are hungry and looking for food. More important than fly pattern is presentation. Get a good drift. Stay hidden. Don’t cast over likely spots. Don’t wade where you should be fishing.
I am hoping for rain, and plenty of it, in Western North Carolina and South Carolina. We need rain in mid to North Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. A quick check revealed about the same forecast we have here, in those areas. We have severe to extreme drought conditions in parts of these states. We have many friends and customers who live in the drought stricken areas. I am pulling for you folks right now.
The same holds true in California. There we have areas listed as being in an extreme or exceptional drought that has remained for years. I’m pulling for you folks too.
We have been fortunate here. The Smokies, on the west side, is listed as being abnormally dry.
This may be a good time to be fishing on the lakes. The weather forecast will probably reduce the amount of recreational boaters and it should be overcast. I would be casting poppers or Wooly Buggers on the banks for bass and slowly retrieving Dragons for bluegill.
Hopefully we will have some favorable flows on the tailwaters over the next few days. Check the TVA website and look at the generation schedules.
By the way, Norris Dam is 80 years old. WBIR has a special report on their website about this dam, Norris Lake and the Clinch River. You can view this page by CLICKING HERE. Evidently, Norris Dam brought electricity to people who had never heard of it. This is an interesting story. Watch the video.
When is the last time you caught an alligator gar? Probably never. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. I’m not talking about the common species we see in our lakes and rivers.
The Alligator Gar is a different animal. They are being re-stocked back into our waters, hoping they will help control Asian carp. Read this story and watch the video on Yahoo News by CLICKING HERE. This is interesting too.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.