Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Wow, is our town quiet today, quite a contrast from last night.  I’ll tell you about that later.  Townsend is green again.  We had over an inch of rain here yesterday.  The storms missed the airport completely and seem to have dropped less rain in the Little River wadershed.  But, the river rose, not like Monday night but it is flowing at a perfect rate for fishing and above normal.  The water temperature is dropping.  In town this morning the temp was 71 degrees.  We should see it drop further over the next few days, maybe.

There is more rain expected throughout the week and into the weeked.  Daytime temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80’s in that period.  That’s a relief.  The temperature at night is still high, much higher than normal by up to10 degrees.  We an expect lows in the low 70’s and maybe dipping into the high 60’s.  Average low temperature for this date is 60 degrees.

The river is flowing at 189 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 115 cfs.  That may sound high but it is not.  115 cfs is low.  189 cfs is not high.  With the expected rain we may see some high water before the week is over.

Fishing is improving.  Customers are asking us about the Middle Prong of Little River.  We’re telling them to go to Elkmont and above, especially for an all day experience.  Fishing is very good in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon up high in the mountains.  The water is cool up there.  Trout are being caught in the Little River below Elkmont but the water is warm and you need to be there early in the morning.

Dry flies with a nymph dropper will work.  Try a Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis.  Drop a Green Weenie or Copper John off that.  I talked to a guide yesterday who spends a few days a week on the water.  He is doing well with the Copper John.

We had a big turnout at the City Council Meeting last night.  Property owners were there and upset over the Tennessee Department of  Transportation’s orders for them to move or tear down structures that have been in place and used for decades, some dating back to 1952.  One of my friends used to own and now manages the KOA campground.  They have been told to remove a swimming pool, parking lot, gas pumps, canopy over the gas pumps and several camping cabins.  Their neighbor, a motel has been told to remove parts of a building and the parking lot.  Almost 80 different properties have been affected by this order.  Why now?  Some owners have surveys that prove their structures and parking lots are not on the State Right of Way.  This is a mess.  We didn’t get a letter from TDOT.  I can prove that we have nothing on the ROW and I guess they know we don’t.  But, I’m involved as my friends are being subjected to hardships. 

You can read the latest article in the Daily Times HERE. This is coverage from last night's meeting.

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

Byron Begley
August 18, 2010

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