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 6:01 Sunday morning.  The temperature outside is 67 degrees.  We have a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon and that chance becomes greater tomorrow through Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the mid-80-s for a few days.  Lows will be in the high 60’s.

Little River is flowing low at 61 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.27 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 139 cfs.  The water temperature is 69.4 degrees.

Rainfall, as recorded at the Knoxville Airport is higher than normal, since June 1st, 2.83” above normal.  This month, rainfall is running right at normal.  Year to date, rainfall is only 1.13” below normal.  Why is Little River flowing so low?  My guess is, rain missed the Little River Watershed and didn’t miss the Airport, recently.  What other reason could there be?

Expected rain this week could change all of that and probably will.

The U.S. Drought monitor indicates we are fine here.  North Carolina, South Carolina and North Georgia, near our borders, are shown as abnormally dry.  There are areas in the southern States that are experiencing a moderate drought, and a few areas considered to be in a severe drought, mostly in North and South Carolina.  The West is very dry with many areas listed as extreme or exceptional drought.  You can see the latest map by CLICKING HERE.

If you plan to fly fish in the Smokies today, fish the mid to high elevations, where the water is colder.  I would use dry flies or a dry with a dropper.  A Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern or a terrestrial will work as your dry fly.  A dropper could be a Weenie or small bead head nymph.  If you are fishing in brook trout water, and you may be, use a Pink Weenie.  They work.  We don’t know why.

Tailwater fly fishermen who wade, may have opportunities today on the Clinch and Holston Rivers.  Check the TVA website and make a determination. 

Fly fishing on the lakes is good in the evenings.  Bluegill and largemouth bass are hitting poppers well.  Try to pick a cloudy day and fishing will be better. If the sun is shining, fish the shaded banks.

The new Fishpond merchandise for 2016 is coming to market soon and we already have it for sale on our website, in it’s own category just for the new gear.  Three of the 10 new items are in stock now at the shop.  The other items will be available sometime before November 1st.  You can preview and pre-order by CLICKING HERE.  You can also order and we’ll ship the 3 models that are available now.  Fishpond has some great new fly fishing products this year.

Anthony Hipps and I are working on Fly Tyers Weekend.  We are lining up the fly tyers.  This year, the event will be a partnership with our shop, The Southeastern Council Fly Fishing Federation (SECFFF) and Tremont Lodge and Resort.  The dates are November 7th and 8th.

Like last year, we will have approximately 40 fly tyers demonstrating during the two days, in shifts. SECFFF will hold a fundraiser banquet to benefit the new fly fishing museum in Cherokee, North Carolina.  The event is free.

Dan Munger set some new dates for our Free Orvis Fly Fishing 101 classes, to be held in September and October.  You can view our school schedule by CLICKING HERE.  This is a great introduction for someone interested in learning to fly fish.  Our 101 classes last two hours and of course, they are free. 

We will be posting the dates for our Fall fly tying classes later this week. 

Well, it’s Sunday and we will be open at 9 am, as usual.

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

Byron Begley
August 16, 2015

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