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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is 6:26 am.  The temperature outside is 67.3 degrees.  I could see fog in the forest this morning.  It was quiet outside, except for a few insects and one early bird. 

It will be hot today and tomorrow.  We have a good chance for thunderstorms tomorrow night. 

Good news.  It is going to be cool after Tuesday.  I’m talking about low 80’s and low 60’s.  That will feel like Fall, sort of.

Little River is flowing at 73 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.34 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 118 cfs.  The water temperature is 70.9 degrees this morning, just inside the Park at the Townsend entrance.

The advice remains the same.  Fish the high elevations in the Smoky Mountains, where the water is cooler.  I would use dry flies, probably terrestrials.  Green or Pink Weenies are a good choice.

Daniel said our supplier is out of #16 Yellow Neversink Caddis, temporarily.  I guess that means we are out too, since we are re-supplied almost weekly.  I won’t mention those as a possible fly option right now.  Try any Yellow Sally stonefly pattern, and we have plenty to choose from.  If you have some Yellow Neversink Caddis in size #16, use them.

You have some wade fishing options on the Clinch River today.  That is good news.  One generator is scheduled to be in operation between 10 am and 2 pm.  Except for a one hour pulse at Cherokee Dam this morning, generators should be off until 2 pm.  Check the TVA website yourself to verify my interpretation, and plan accordingly.  I bet the Clinch will feel good today.  That water is cold!

Being Sunday, if you decide to fish on one of the lakes, go early or late.  There will be less pleasure boaters on the water and the fishing will be better.  I would go late, and cast poppers to the banks, under overhanging trees.  There is no telling what you will catch.  It will most likely be bluegill and largemouth bass. 

Fly fishing for carp has been good.  Try to find them feeding on flats.  Drop a weighted bug of some kind right where they are feeding.  I’m certainly no expert on this kind of fishing.  Dan Munger is.  I get my information from him.  Every time I try to catch a feeding carp, nothing happens.

You may see gamefish on the lake eating shad in the evenings, when everything settles down. 

The lowest sections, of lowland rivers, that are backed up by lakes, are fishing well for bluegill and largemouth bass.  Navigation on the upper sections of lowland rivers might be tough right now due to the low water, depending on which one you are on. 

I opened an e-mail from Beau Beasley this morning.  Attached is an article called “A Half a Century of Popping Bugs”, that he wrote.  Beau lives in Virginia, and has written two fly fishing books, many magazine articles and is the Director of the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival.  The article’s subject is Walt Cary, a man known by most serious popper fishermen.  Walt made and sold beautiful poppers, wholesale and direct to fisherman for 50 years, or more.  I can’t wait to read it.

Ronnie Howard and I exchanged e-mails yesterday.  He’s a good friend of mine from Nashville.  He read yesterday’s fishing report and had some advice for me about buying and selling poppers. 

If you live in Middle Tennessee you probably know Ronnie and know him as “Grumpy”.  He runs the fly shop at Cumberland Transit in Nashville.  He’s a great guy and an excellent fly fisherman.  We’ve been friends for many years.  He is a friend to a ton of people.

I get a lot of feedback from fly fishing customers, about their hometown fly shops.  I have never heard anything negative, in all these years, about Ronnie and Cumberland Transit.  They all take good care of customers, something we always strive to do.  Good customer service, in small stores like ours, is essential to the future of our small industry.  I love to hear great positive stories about other fly shops, and ours too.

I hope you can fish today.  We’ve got a lot of good options right now.  Some rain would help.

I’ll be working on this website project all day, except for a brief visit to the shop to pay bills.  I hate paying bills.  Daniel gets to make the deposits.  He loves that.  I do to.  This isn’t fair.

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

Byron Begley
August 9, 2015

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