Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

View of the Great Smoky Mountains from Little River Outfitters on August 19, 2013.

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  What you see in the photograph above is exactly what it looks like from my office at 7:45 am this morning.  I took the picture this morning.  In fact, it has looked like this much of the year.  The higher mountains are fogged in.  The puffs of fog you see are following the path of Little River from the Park.  It is 65 degrees this morning and it is a fisherman’s assessment of a great fishing day.  We’ve got clouds, cool water, plenty of water and active trout.  I love it.

We had 1 ½ inches of rain in the shop gauge this morning which indicates how much we got during the past 24 hours.  It poured yesterday.  But that didn’t happen in the Smokies.  The rain that pounded us pretty much missed the Park.  Chuck came back from the Park with some beginner fly fishing students and told me it only began raining toward the end of the day. 

Little River is flowing proof that the Park didn’t get what we got.  Flow is currently 198 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.97 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 108 cfs.  The water temperature is 65.4 degrees. 

The spring creek that runs through our property was muddy this morning.  Little River is clear in Town at the swinging bridge.  The river looks great.  We do have a good chance for more rain today and maybe tonight.  Then, we’ll have rainless days for a while except for the possibility of late afternoon scattered thunderstorms.  Here, we have that chance almost every day during the Summer.  After all, this literally a rain forest.  Check it out online. 

Fly fishing in the Smokies remains very good.  For August, fishing is excellent.  You should do well with dry flies.  Yellow stonefly patterns and terrestrials are what I would pick today.  Nymphs might work as well or better.  Try a Green Weenie.

Cloud cover is going to be your friend today.  For that reason I love cloudy days.  I’m always thinking about fly fishing.  I write about fly fishing every morning.  I always hope you are fly fishing and enjoying yourself.  That is my life. That is my job. 

Check out the TVA website and go to the Norris Dam page.  You will find some good fishing opportunities today on the Clinch River.  You might want to be pretty far downstream this afternoon when they turn on the turbines.  Remember, TVA can change their mind about generating at any time so be aware of rising water.  Check the website yourself before you go. 

I know you get tired of me saying that.  I had to swim out of the Caney Fork one time when they started generating and I was not expecting it.  Lucky for me, that was back in the day before they invented breathable waders.  I was wearing neoprene waders, the latest greatest thing since sliced bread.  If you had to, you could swim in them.  They fit tight and provided added buoyancy, something like a wetsuit. I will never forget that day. 

I’m not hearing much about fly fishing on the lakes.  There are not many people who do that.  Fly fishing on a lake, in a power boat, is perfect for people my age who have trouble wading like we did when we were younger.  All you do is launch your boat, start the engine and go.  I can see me doing that in my 80’s.

Some of my old friends, many who have passed away, fly fished in the lakes around here.  I see a lot of older folks fishing on the lakes.  Since I only fish on weekdays, I don’t see many people on the water.  We have so many lakes to choose from in this area, the anglers are spread out.  I’ll tell you something else, fish in lakes have not seen many fly fishermen or flies.  Our lures don’t pound the water with a big splash like some plugs and swim baits.  Our flies touch the water lightly.  I think it is more natural.

Check out this web page.  CLICK HERE.  What you will see won a “Best of Show” award at the recent ICAST fishing show in Las Vegas.  It is the Power-Pole Micro Anchor.  This electric remote controlled spike will hold your small boat, canoe or kayak in place, in 8’ of water.  It is made similar to those expensive Power Anchors you have seen on flats boats for years.  This one is made for small boats.  OK, let’s say you don’t have a 12 volt battery in your kayak.  You probably don’t.  You can buy a rechargeable smaller battery just for the Micro Anchor. This awesome product is made for boats that weigh up to 1,500 pounds.  

I know some of you will buy one of these.  I would, but most of the time I’m anchoring, the water is deeper than 8 feet.  Take a look at this.

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

Byron Begley
August 19, 2013 

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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