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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  At 6:41 am, it is foggy and 64.6 degrees.

Today, there is almost no chance for rain.  The high temperature should be near 85 degrees.  It will be warmer tomorrow, then a cold front will move in dropping thigh temperatures to around 80 degrees on Tuesday.

Little River is flowing at 69 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.32 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 116 cfs.  The water temperature is 69.8 degrees this morning.

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains is good despite the low, warm water.  The water is warm in the low elevations.  Fishing will be best in the mid to high elevations. 

I got an e-mail from David Knapp Wednesday.  After finishing a guided trip in the high elevations for brook trout, he decided to fish the East Prong of Little River between Elkmont and Metcalf Bottoms Tuesday evening.  He said the water temperature was cool and he had his best day of dry fly fishing all year.  His fly was a Yellow Stimulator.  He said the average fish were large and eager to feed.  David is a fly fishing guide.  You can and should visit his website by CLICKING HERE. It's awesome.

If you fish today, head up to the mid to high elevations streams.  Dry flies will work but nymphs will too.  Try a combination of both.  I’m partial to a black beetle during the summer months but other dry flies will work well, maybe better.  My next choice would be a Yellow Sally Stonefly imitation, like a Yellow Stimulator, what David was using.  Nymph choices include Bead Head Pheasant Tail and Green or Pink Weenies.

There will be some fly fishing opportunities for anglers on the Clinch and Holston Rivers today.  Check the TVA website and make plans to go.  You will have to work around their schedules, which do include some generation today.

The lakes are fishing well in the evenings.  You may find shad on the surface late, and multiple species feeding on them.  You may catch smallmouth, largemouth or white bass.  You could find trout feeding on the shad in the cold lakes, though I have not seen that happen lately.  Most of the action we’ve encountered is bass and bluegill on the banks, hitting poppers.  Jack and I went Thursday evening and it was slow for us.

Fly fishing for carp has been good.  Dan Munger has been wearing them out lately.

Business has really picked up at our store.  I suppose, more people are fishing in the South due to the cooler temperatures and ordering more tackle.  Our business was flat in August compared to last year.  The 3rd week came on strong and now we have a very good increase going for August. 

The new Dancing Bear Lodge and Restaurant opened last night.  Everyone in town is talking about it.  The original lodge burned a few years ago, but new owners rebuilt a beautiful facility and there is no doubt, they will be a significant asset to our town and our tourist industry.  You can read a story on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE.

I’m in the process of re-designing this fishing report and our home page.  You probably noticed this page is under construction.  I’ll be working on both all day today.

Paula and I plan to fish a small lake next week from our kayaks.  This one is very small, less than 100 acres.

You may notice, I don’t mention the names of small lakes on this report.  The reason is, the infrastructure, parking and ramps are limited.  Big crowds would ruin it for everyone.  I don’t want to be the one who puts these names on the internet for the world to see forever.

We are blessed here with an abundance of water to fish, including hundreds of miles of trout streams, 9 impoundments, tailwaters and lowland rivers.  Our region, by comparison, is sparsely populated.  I never feel crowded by other anglers when I go fishing.  However, I only fish on weekdays.  I don’t know what it is like out there on weekends.  I don’t think I’ve fished on a weekend for at least 20 years.  I always work on weekends and fish on weekdays, by choice.

Dan and Brandon were fly fishing for carp this week, on a lake.  They were doing well, catching carp on floating flies.  A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer pull up next to them in his large center console boat.  They held their boats together and chatted.

The officer, who I know, could not believe they were fly fishing for carp, especially on the surface with flies.  As they talked, still holding their two boats together, they noticed a carp swimming toward them.  Brandon made a cast, and the fly landed a few feet in front of the carp.  It kept swimming toward the fly as they all watched.  The carp ate the fly, a battle ensued and Brandon landed the carp.  The wildlife officer was amazed.  Most people would be. 

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

Byron Begley
August 22, 2015

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