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


Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy, foggy and 64 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The streets are fairly active.  What visitors we have are out and about.  The restaurants are kind of busy, not overrun with customers but there are some people eating out.  This is probably going to be a slow day here.  It’s August.

It is going to be hot today and tomorrow.  Then we’ll have a cool snap.  The nights will not be cool.  We can expect highs in the low 80’s later this week.  Rain is expected too, starting Wednesday.

Fishing is not exactly excellent in the Smokies.  The water is low.  Flow in Little River is currently 44 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 107 cfs.  The water temperature was 68 degrees at 8:10 am. 

I would choose a small stream today, off the roads and covered by a canopy of trees.  My choice would be above Elkmont again.  I would be fishing with a 4 weight and dry flies.  Hit the riffles and runs.  Maybe you should use a nymph as a dropper.  Stay low and blend in.  When the water is low the trout seem to be more sensitive to movement and predators like us. 

Maybe people are catching smallmouth bass in the lowland rivers.  That would most likely happen near deep water.  I don’t think you will find the bass in shallow water during the day.  They might be chasing minnows there at night.

The tailwaters are fishing well for smallmouth bass and trout.  Poppers, terrestrials and streamers will work.  I doubt if a trout will find much interest in a popper.  An annual cicada pattern will probably work for both. They did last year. Kris Maurer caught some large browns on a Knucklehead in one of the tailwaters recently. They probably thought it was a annual cicada. Who knows.

Everything I have read pertaining to fishing in the lakes during the day is, the fish are deep.  I read fishing report written by conventional tackle fishermen last night.  They are using jigs, grubs, live minnows and other offerings and catching the fish at depths as deep as 30’.  That is getting down there.  The bass are moving into shallow water at night.  I don’t think I’ll be out in the boat at night trying to catch a bass on a fly rod.  I’m sure that could be a successful attempt once in a blue moon.

Maybe that could happen Friday.  On Friday there will be a blue moon, the first since December 2009.  A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.  The first full moon in August occurred on the 1st.  The second full moon will occur on Friday the 31st.  The forecast calls for a cloudy evening on Friday.

Have you seen the fly fishing video called Once in a Blue Moon?  Almost a million people have watched this 5 minute trailer on YouTube.  I’m watching it now.  CLICK HERE to watch it.  This very well done documentary was filmed in New Zealand I think.  The story is about fishing for huge trout with mouse patterns.  If you have not been one of the million viewers, do yourself a favor and watch this one.  Turn up your audio and enjoy.  You may want to buy the full version on DVD.

I think I'll start using more mouse patterns. Maybe you should too.

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

Byron Begley
August 26, 2012

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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