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 70 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was light on my commute.  Frank, one of our policemen was keeping an eye on speeders.  It is Wednesday.  People drive to Cades Cover hauling bicycles on Wednesdays as the Cove Loop Road opens to vehicle traffic at 10:00 am.  Before that time, bicyclists have the road to themselves except for pedestrians.  Frank knows, like we all know that on Wednesdays some people are in a hurry.

Some heavy rain fell yesterday morning.  Little River rose and was temporarily muddy during the day.  I was awakened by a strong thunderstorm sometime early this morning.  Paula said it happened about 2:30 am. We had two fairly significant rain events during the past 24 hours.  We had 1.25” of water in our gauge this morning, which was captured over the past 24 hours.  The Airport reported about ½”.

There is a decent chance for more rain tomorrow.  Rain is likely on Friday. 

Little River is muddy this morning in town.  Flow is 185 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 118 cfs.  The river is still rising.  It will probably continue to rise for a while.  Other streams in the Park were not affected by the storm.  I don’t know about the Little Pigeon, they gauge there is not reporting and hasn’t for a few years.

Today will be an excellent opportunity for you.  Stained water can be your friend in the Smokies.  I’m not sure Little River is stained in the Park.  The turbid water could be entering the river outside the Park.  My guess is, there will be at least one prong of the Little River that is flowing strong and turbid.

Large brown trout take advantage of the cover offered by higher stained water.  When the water is low and clear those fish stay hidden during the day for the most part.  Today they may be out, especially if we have cloud cover like we do now.  The cover now is actually fog.  When that burns off, the sun will be shining bright.  Clouds may re-appear this afternoon.  Lately, that has been happening. 

I would use nymphs today.  Some good choices are Green Weenie, Prince Nymph, Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Hare’s Ear patterns. 

Smallmouth bass fishing in the lower Little River will be tough today.  Wading will be difficult too and maybe dangerous.  I would opt out of that activity today.

Jack, Ronnie and I worked on re-modeling part of the store yesterday.  They did the part that requires real construction skills.  That’s what they do for a living.  I sanded shelves.  They moved a small partition wall to a corner and attached it.  They made molding and made that wall look built in.  Then they worked on another wall, installed some new slatwall and painted all the slatwall in that 200 square foot area.  They did a great job.  I’m going to stain shelving this afternoon then add two coats of polyurethane to them over the next few days. 

Daniel came up with more new ideas so Jack and Ronnie will probably be back when they have time.  Daniel and I can do the work.  It just wouldn’t look as good as what Jack and Ronnie do. 

I have also been getting some interesting e-mails about people dredging for gold in Little River.  I’ve been copied on e-mails from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, National Park Service and other concerned individuals and organizations.  At first I thought it was an isolated incident.  Then I heard it was a group of people operating as a club or association.

Evidently, small machinery is used to dredge gravel and debris from the stream bottom.  Then the spoil is inspected for gold.  There seem to be environmental problems associated with this activity and maybe some legal issues.  I don’t know many details about this but it is going to be interesting to watch it unfold. I don’t think they are doing this in the Park.

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

Byron Begley
August 8, 2012  

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