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.  Daylight is barely making it’s way into our valley.  The forest is damp due to a misty rain that has fallen.  It is muggy, foggy and 70 degrees on the outskirts of Townsend. 

Rain is likely today and tonight with a chance for more every day this week through Sunday.  It is going to be hot later this week.  These conditions create a perfect opportunity for scattered thunderstorms in the afternoons. This is typical in August.

Little River is flowing at 107 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.55 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 121 cfs.  The water temperature at 6:50 am is 68 degrees.

If you fish today in the Smokies, I would go to the higher elevations.  My first choice would be the East Prong of Little River above Elkmont. 

Later this week, when we see hot days and warm nights, go higher, maybe up Highway 441 toward Newfound Gap.  Along the way is the West Prong of the Little Pigeon and it’s many tributaries.  There are many other higher elevation streams you can walk to from lower spots.

We should see cloudy skies today and at times all week.  Overcast skies are the angler’s friend.  This could be a good fishing week, especially if we get rain today.

Be on the lookout for rising water and wind.  The National Weather Service is warning that strong to severe thunderstorms with heavy rain and strong winds are possible today and all week.

We may see river levels rise and fall this week.  That is typical of this time of year, especially when the air is moist and warm.

We are holding an Intermediate Fly Tying Class Saturday.  I’m not sure if it is full.  If you are interested, call the shop at 865-448-9459.

We had a rush of customers booking our beginner fly fishing schools this weekend.  Our classes start back in September and run through October.  We always take August off because activity is slow.

Customer activity has not been slow this August.  The first two weeks this month were ahead of last year by 40.5%.  The third week of August is starting out very busy too.  July was awesome. 

Evidently, this surge in business has been seen by other fly shops in our region according to sales representatives.  People are buying gear and going fishing.  When fishing participation is low, business is slow.  When people are fishing, they want to buy gear.  The improved economy is helping too.

I don’t know why this is happening.  Maybe this will be short lived.  Maybe not. 

I’m at home and now I hear rain falling on the metal roof.  I looked at the radar and it appears we are on the northern edge of a large cell of rain and storms.  To our south, people are getting pounded by rain.  I think we will get our share before the weekend.

I spent the weekend working on web promotional material for Fly Tyers Weekend.  I communicated with a lot of the fly tyers last week.  It is coming together nicely.  This week I am writing a chapter for a new book that will be published this Fall.  Then, I’ll be spending all my time on our new online store.  That will take months.  They are never finished. 

I’m purposely staying away from the store so I can get these jobs done.  I do go in to make the daily deposits.  Yesterday I ran payroll and paid bills.  Other than that, I’ll be here working away.

It is a little hard at times, working here, because my fly tying desk is also my computer desk.  When I tire of looking at a computer monitor, I can slide over to the fly tying area and crank one out.  This desk is 8 feet long, with 4 feet allotted to each. 

We are still working on the house remodel.  Paula is applying polyurethane to the kitchen floor.  The counter top may come this week.  The new propane cook top will then be installed.  Charlie will come when I call and run the black pipe propane lines to the cook top.   

David and his crew will be here tomorrow.  They are our tree and brush removal guys.  We have cut many trees and branches to make room for the boat house and a turnaround.  David will use the logs.  He sells firewood.  He will grind everything else into mulch.  He does landscaping too.  David and I have become very good friends.  He lived in Cades Cove until he was 11 years old.  He is much younger than me. 

Next week, the excavators should show up.  Then, block will be laid as a foundation for the boat house.  Jack and I will build the forms for the concrete.  The concrete and the finishers will come next.  Then, the framing crew will come back and build the carport and boat house.   Some electrical lines and a water line will be installed.  Then, we’ll be finished.  Paula and I will start fishing again.

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

Byron Begley
August 18, 2014

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