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 dark, 6:30 am and 67 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee.  The rain is about over and cool temperatures have moved in.  We’ll see some lows in the 50’s this week.  Highs will be in the high 70’s to low 80’s for a few days.  Nice.

We got some rain last night but I don’t know how much.  I’ll run down to the garden and check the rain gauge when it is light outside.  I’m writing this report from home.

Little River spiked up to 335 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.28 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 142 cfs.  The water temperature is 68 degrees.

I looked at the flow gauge a few minutes ago and the river was still rising.  Now, it appears to have peaked.  2.28 feet seems high but it really is not.  You can wade most places at this level.  The water could be stained, it probably is.  It should be clear shortly.

Fishing will be great today.  I would begin with nymphs, probably something larger like a Prince Nymph, Tellico Nymph or Copper John.  Dry flies may do well for you too.  Be careful, we have a 60% chance for more rain. 

The water temperature should not rise much today.  The temperatures may fall as the week progresses.  If it is in the high 50’s at night down here, it will be much colder in the high elevations where these streams are born.

It looks like this weekend will be beautiful, though warm.  It may rain today, but after that, it should be dry until Monday.  Get your camping gear ready and come to the mountains this weekend.  It’s going to be a nice one.  Or, rent a cabin or motel room.  It will not be crowded unless something happens out of the ordinary.  August is a slow tourism month.

It is daylight and I walked down to the garden to check the gauge.  We got ¾” of rain last night.  Jack just walked in.  He and I are going to cut trees and clear brush where the boat port will be built.  He walked down there yesterday to do some measuring and saw two snakes.  One was a garter snake.  The other slithered under a log and he could not identify the species.  I think I’ll let him move that log.

I worked on our new mini website yesterday.  It contains information about Fly Tyer’s Weekend, which will be held November 8 and 9.  I was looking at old photographs which were dated.  We held the first event in 2004 and there are plenty of photos on the new site of the tyers and maybe you, ten years ago.  Many of us look different.  CLICK HERE to watch this little website within a website grow. 

Bob Clouser hasn’t changed a bit.  I have. 

We held Fly Tyers Weekend for three years.  After 2004, things changed.  We had several competitors open in our area.  Our business dropped.  Fly Tyers Weekend cost $5,000 to put on and we did not do enough extra business to make it pay.  The economy began to tank too. 

Things are different now so we are bringing it back.  First, business is better.  We don’t have to rent a tent, which was expensive.  We are holding it at Tremont Lodge in their facility which is much larger, and cost free.  The highest cost back then was advertising.  We mailed full color post cards at the time to several thousand people.  Now, we will use the internet to promote the event.  The only cost is my time.

We are all excited about bringing Fly Tyers Weekend back.  The event is free and you will enjoy your time here in early November.  That is a good time to be in the Smokies, one of my favorites.

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

Byron Begley
August 12, 2014

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