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 6:15 am, the sky is cloudy and the temperature is 68.2 degrees.  Weather websites differ on the chances for thunderstorms this week. It looks like we’ll get them, starting today and continuing through Thursday.  Temperatures will be in the low 80’s during the day.

My plan is to fly fish on a lake, two evenings this week.  It will be cloudy.  I like that.  If it is storming, I won’t like that.  So, we’ll see.

Little River is flowing at 63 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.28 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 119 cfs.  The water temperature is 70.5 degrees this morning.

The streams are low right now, and the water temperature is high in the low elevations.  Fly fishing will be fine in the higher elevations.  Right now, the water is low.  You will need to blend in, stay low, hit the choppy water and get a good drift.  Most reasonable dry flies will produce.  I would use a terrestrial of some sort.  I might drop a small bead head nymph or Weenie off the dry.

According to the National Weather Service: 

“DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION THIS MORNING...AND BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD OVER THE COURSE OF THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DUE TO THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF THIS ACTIVITY...HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND LOCALIZED FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE. MOTORISTS WILL NEED TO BE ALERT FOR PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS...AS WELL AS FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...

DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE IN PLACE TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY WILL GENERATE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE EACH OF THESE DAYS WHICH MAY LEAD TO LOCALIZED FLOODING ACROSS AREAS THAT RECEIVE MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS.”

You know what that means.  Watch for flash flooding. It may not be raining where you are fishing, but it could be pouring upstream and you may not know it.  Be careful.

TVA will be generating at both Norris and Cherokee Dams most of the day, starting right now with multiple generators.  Both impoundments are below Summer pool levels.  I don’t know if this is the beginning of the Fall drawdown, or if they need water in the Tennessee River for navigation.  TVA has been generating a lot, at both dams, lately.

Most of the lakes are fishing well in the evenings.  Bass and bluegill are eating up poppers.  Go on cloudy days.  You will catch a lot more fish.  Or find shaded banks. 

With these storms moving in, it may be a good idea, to fish near the ramp where you launched.  Make sure your bilge pump is working.

I drove to the shop yesterday morning.  At the bottom of the hill, next to Campground Methodist Church, Frank had his police Tahoe parked with his blue lights flashing.  I looked for someone he pulled over for speeding.  No speeders to be seen.  I slowed down.  Frank was standing in the church parking lot with his arms folded. 

Another man was on his hands and knees.  Uh Oh!  No, it’s not what you think.  That man was holding out his hand, trying to lure a pig to him.  This is true.  A pig was in the parking lot too.  The animal was not a wild boar.  It looked like your honest to goodness, raised-on-the-farm, American hog. It was small.

I stopped, Frank looked at me, then stuck out his arms and shrugged his shoulders, as if to say, “Hey, it’s part of the job”.  I laughed and drove on.  I guess he was there, to stop traffic, if the pig walked out into the highway.  Maybe the guy on his hands and knees owned the pig.  When I got to the shop, Paul said he saw the pig earlier. 

I can’t wait to hear Frank’s take on this.  I’m sure it will be funny and most likely, the truth will be stretched, to make for a better story.  Frank has a button he can push in the Tahoe.  When he does, you hear what sounds like a German Shepherd growling in the back of his vehicle.  The windows are tinted so you can’t see in.  He has a K-9 sticker on his truck but no dog.  Frank is a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. Everybody likes Frank, except those he pulls over for speeding.  Some of them like him too.

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

Byron Begley
August 17, 2015

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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