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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
It will be hot and humid through the weekend. High temperatures near or at 90 degrees are expected. We have a good chance for afternoon thunderstorms today and Sunday. By mid-week next week, temperatures should drop and the chance for rain is good.
Little River is flowing at 92 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.59 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 142 cfs. The water temperature is 73.4 degrees this morning.
So, for now, the water is low and warm in most Smokies streams. Today, you should plan to drive or hike to higher elevations to fish, where the water is cooler. You will find low water just about everywhere you go. Flows could easily change this afternoon, as there is a decent chance for thunderstorms. That chance diminishes tomorrow, but resumes Sunday. I would count on fishing the higher elevations through the weekend.
Go early or late if you can. During the day, find shaded streams to fish. Forecasters are predicting mostly cloudy skies all weekend. That will be a positive condition for anglers.
Dry flies are working well. I would use a Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern or black foam beetle for the dry fly. Green and Pink Weenies are a good choice for sub surface fishing.
There will be periods of generation on the tailwaters, some with long periods of generation. It looks like there will be a break at Center Hill Dam today. Check the TVA website for current generation schedules.
With overcast skies predicted, you may find baitfish on the surface on our lakes. Gamefish may be feeding on the threadfin shad. Watch for that activity. You could find yourself in a feeding frenzy. Try white Clousers or Puglisi Threadfin Shad patterns.
Fishing the lower reaches of the tailwaters for smallmouth bass is very good right now. I got an e-mail from Josh Pfeiffer. He is busy drifting clients down those rivers.
We have several options right now. I can’t wait to see what happens next week.
Mid August is often when we begin to see the transition into Fall. Of course, the days are getting shorter. Next week will be cooler. The average temperature in August is normally cooler than July, though we have not seen that happen yet. It will.
Spiders are building huge webs in the forest. Leaves are dropping in larger numbers. Nights will become chilly soon. The change begins every year, at about this time. I noticed less hummingbirds yesterday. They leave quickly when the cooler air moves into Tennessee. Has the migration begun? Do they know what may be coming?
The young kids are back in school. Colleges are getting cranked up. Everyone is talking about football.
Fly fishermen are heading to the Rocky Mountains. Others are planning trips to the coast.
We are busy at the shop. Anglers are getting active in other parts of America. We see that in the mail order part of our business. And, we are seeing that now.
When we step outside this weekend, it won’t seem like Fall is anywhere near. But it is. I think we’ll feel and see that next week.
Labor Day Weekend is three weeks away. After that holiday, the lakes are pretty much given back to the fishermen. Cabin rental rates drop. Business slows at the marinas. The lakes are calmer. That is when Paula and I go to a lake for a week.
It’s the same on the coast, or at least where we go. After labor day, the crowds are gone and the home rental rates drop. It gets cooler quickly. Fishing gets better. Redfish are active in the shallows. That is when we go back to the coast. I’m looking forward to that too.
Brown and brook trout will be colored brightly and preparing to spawn soon.
I’m looking forward to Fall and it is fast approaching. I just stepped outside. It is barely getting light out there. Our decks and driveways are covered with leaves. It’s that late summer "leaf fall" that has begun. It happens every year. It serves as a reminder to me, that the Fall transition has started.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pumped up about Fall this morning. I guess you can tell.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.