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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. Good Saturday morning to you! At 6:04 am, the temperature is 68.7 degrees.
High temperatures today are predicted to be in the mid to upper 80’s. It will likely be sunny this morning and cloudy this afternoon. We have a slight chance for rain today. The chance for rain becomes greater this evening and tomorrow. We may have heavy rain Monday. One weather website predicts rainfall up to 1 inch. I’m looking at three weather websites now. They all show different predictions.
Little River is flowing at 225 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.09 feet on t he flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 116 cfs. The water temperature at the USGS gauge site is 69.1 degrees.
Some streams in the Park are flowing above normal. Others are higher than they were two days ago. Fishing in the Little River watershed, especially the East and Middle Prongs should be good today and this evening, due to higher and slightly cooler water.
You should fish the mid to high elevations where the water is cooler. Dry flies should work well. I would use a Yellow Sally Stonefly imitation of some sort, probably a Yellow Neversink Caddis. It’s called a caddis but the trout think it is a stonefly, or that’s what we all think. Anyway, it works. A Green Weenie would make a good dropper.
Today would be a nice one to hike up Lynn Camp Prong or above Elkmont.
Fish the shaded water. We should have some cloudy skies this afternoon. That will help. Fishing early and late is a good idea.
I can’t figure out what is going on at Norris Dam. TVA states they will be sluicing at 6,300 cfs until further notice. But, the “Observed Data” indicates no discharge and an elevation of 821 feet below the dam right now. Maybe you understand this. I heard they have been working on a generator and they have been discharging through the sluice gates for at least 2 days. Maybe things are getting back to normal on the Clinch River. I hope so.
From what I can tell, reading conflicting weather predictions, we may be looking forward to cooler temperatures and more rain here through August 20th. I hope that is the case. If it is, fishing will improve considerably.
Fishing will certainly be better than it has been this weekend, in the Smokies.
If you are fishing the lakes, you have probably found better fishing early and late. You are also finding more comfortable temperatures at those times.
Paula is going to Washington State tomorrow. She and one of her girlfriends are staying in a cabin, on the ocean. She told me the high temperatures there will be in the 60’s with lows in the 40’s. Now that sounds nice!
I’ve been working 7 days a week most of the year. I’m taking my time off in chunks. I’ve been to the coast three times already this year and plan to go more. Paula and I may spend a week at Dale Hollow Lake this year too. I had to overhaul our online store this year. I was not planning on that. So, this has been a weird year for me.
Really, all I do is work and fish. I do play music for an hour each day. I walk for 30 minutes.
It’s been so hot this Summer, I haven’t felt like fishing. June was the hottest June on record. July probably was too. I fish in a boat these days. I’m not good at wading anymore.
I write this fishing report every morning, 7 days a week. It’s almost impossible to be on the lake at daybreak, after writing this report. And, there is a lot more to writing this report, than just writing it. It takes more time than you think. I would have to start working at 3 am, if I wanted to be on a lake at daybreak. I can’t do that. I can go to the lake in the afternoons and will, when it is cooler.
I fly fished for trout almost exclusively for decades, mostly wade fishing or floating with a guide and friends. But I started fly fishing for warmwater species, in the early 60’s. I have been fly fishing for saltwater species since the mid-80’s. Now, I’m fly fishing for warmwater and saltwater fish. I’ve found, at my age, fishing from a boat is easier.
Kayak fishing is a lot of fun. We do that, especially in the ocean. The problem I’ve found with that is, you sit all day. I can’t sit all day. I have to get up and move around. If I were to fall out or flip the kayak, re-entry in deep water is a serious problem. Jack flipped a kayak on a Florida fishing trip last Fall. I was there, in my kayak, but didn’t see it happen. Ron saw him trying to get back in, paddled over to Jack and held the other side of his kayak down, so he could re-enter.
I think my kayak fishing days are limited. Fishing from a boat is the way to go for me. I’ve been thinking about buying an additional boat, one more suitable for fishing in the ocean and bays. If I do, we’ll keep our lake boat. It is perfect for fishing the lakes around here, if you have just two on board.
I’m ready for a change. That will not be far off.
I hope you have a great day and thank you for being here with us.