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.  At 6:24 am, it is 64 degrees outside and quite a beautiful morning.  Weather websites do not agree this morning.  One indicates we have a 50% chance for afternoon thunderstorms today and tomorrow.  Another puts the odds at 30%.  It will be cooler than it has been, with highs in the mid-80’s and lows in the low to mid-60’s.

Little River is flowing at 66 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.30 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 115 cfs.  The water temperature is 69.8 degrees below the confluence of the three prongs.

My best advice now is to fish in the mid to high elevations.  The water will be low and the trout will be spooky.  Blend in and fish the moving water.  Look for shaded areas in the streams, unless it is cloudy.  Dry flies with a Green or Pink Weenie dropper are what I would use. 

We could certainly use some rain.  The long term weather forecast, through August 28th, calls for higher than normal temperatures and a good chance for rain almost every day.  I’m looking at the weather website that seems to be more optimistic concerning precipitation. 

Both Norris and Cherokee Dams will be generating today, all day.  Fishing the tailwaters for trout, while wading has been tough to do lately due to excessive generation.

The lakes are fishing pretty well, especially when it is cloudy.  Paula and I went yesterday.  We were on the water at 4 pm.  We drove the boat around for a while looking for shaded banks.  Then, clouds moved in.  We fished banks using poppers.  Fishing was great for a while.  At times, we were getting strikes on almost every cast.  We caught largemouth bass and bluegill.  Paula lost a very large bass.

Stan and Dan came by and we talked for a couple of minutes.  Then we started fishing again.  The clouds moved out, and the fish just quit eating.  The water became slick at about 6:30 and we started seeing shad on the surface, all around.  I shut down the engine, we waited and watched, hoping for some surface action. 

Some idiot in a bass boat doing at least 60 miles per hour, flew right through that area close to us.  The shad were gone.  He could have easily driven by us, further away.  He was by himself, which tells me, he’s the kind of guy, nobody would go fishing with.  I wouldn’t!

When I was very young, I was taught by my father to be courteous to other fishermen.  Don’t drive your boat too close.  Don’t throw a huge wake. I always practice what I learned long ago.  Real fishermen appreciate that.

You can tell a fisherman from a pleasure boater on the lakes.  A pleasure boater may be driving a boat that appears to be designed for fishing, but that doesn’t make them a fisherman.  Nobody has caught a fish while moving along at 60 mph.  Our boat tops out at 19 miles per hour.  I’ve never caught a fish going 19 miles per hour.  What happened to angler courtesy?

The water temperature was 80 degrees.  BooglePoppers work well.

I’ll be working on Fishpond web pages today and tomorrow.  I’ll be tying Knuckleheads to sell in the shop too.  My inventory at home is down to 41 dozen, which causes me anxiety.  I think the shop has plenty right now.

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

Byron Begley
August 14, 2015

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