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 5:23 am, dark and quiet outside.  We did not get much rain here yesterday.  The Knoxville Airport reported .31” and a local weather station on Little River indicates only 1/10th of an inch.

The weather websites I check every morning agree, we’ll get rain today through Thursday, with possible thunderstorms and heavy rainfall.  It will be cool this week, with highs in the low to mid 80’s and lows in the high 60’s.

Little River is flowing at 64 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.29 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 128 cfs.  The water temperature is 70.3 degrees.

If you fish in the Smokies today, drive or hike to the high elevations.  The water will be cooler there.  Dry flies or a dry and dropper rig will work.  If the water is low, and it probably will be for a while, you will need to be careful not to spook the trout.  They will be in the choppy water, hiding from predators.  Stay low, wear muted clothing and fish close so you can get a good drift in the faster water.

It will likely be cloudy today, which is favorable for you.  Watch for quickly rising water.  If these storms hit the Smokies, and they probably will, flash flooding is a possibility.

Paula and I may fish a lake this evening.  Our plan is to launch our boat at 4 pm and fish until near dark.  I know we will be fishing with poppers on the banks, and watching for bait schools in the deeper water.  Cloudy days are perfect for this type of fishing.  Storms could change the plan.

The lakes are fishing very well in the evenings.  Anglers are reporting huge schools of threadfin shad, especially on Fort Loudoun Lake.  When the light is dim, the shad follow plankton to the surface.  Game fish follow the shad. 

Popper fishing for bass and bluegill has been very good during low light times.

I also plan to fish a lake Thursday, weather permitting.  Paula will be out of town so I may go with Jack or by myself.  Thursday will be my day off this week, so I can possibly work around thunderstorms.

The TVA website indicates, water will be off on the Clinch River until 1 pm.  There is currently no generation at Cherokee Dam, but the website shows a scheduled generation of one generator at 10 am, then more at 11 am.  They were generating at Cherokee Dam early this morning. 

So, you may have an opportunity on one of those rivers if you are wade fishing.  Check the TVA website yourself and decide if you can work with these schedules.  Don’t take my word on this one.  It’s early in the morning and I’m subject to error.  Check it yourself.

The South is enjoying cooler temperatures like we are here.  I found exceptions in Florida.  If this trend continues, more people in our region will be fly fishing.  Our business in August has been disappointing.  We are even with last year for the first two weeks.  The other months have been up from last year, except February, when we had those awful snow and ice storms.

Fall is right around the corner.  Cooler temperatures will bring the anglers out of their air conditioned homes and to the water we will go.  When anglers fish, they buy tackle.   

I put together an e-Newsletter yesterday.  Dan Munger did most of the writing.  He’s a great writer.  Thousands of those will go out today.  If you have not signed up to receive our e-Newsletter, you can do it now using the box at the bottom of this page.  If you do it early enough, you may get today’s newsletter.  Daniel sends those out.  He may have done it last night.  Or, he may be doing it now.  I’m not sure.  My guess is he won’t do it until the store opens.  So, hurry and sign up.

I will be working on our Fishpond Website and Fishpond online store over the next few days.  I’m making a lot of changes in both and adding the new 2016 gear.  I designed a category specific to the new 10 Fishpond items for 2016.  Some are available now and other won’t be in the shop to ship or see until November 1st at the latest.  You can pre-order the items that are not yet in stock, or the merchandise that is in stock by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
August 18, 2015

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