Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is 57 degrees and sunny this morning.  It felt like Fall when I stepped out the front door for my five minute commute to work.  The river looks fine at the swinging bridge but that is a deep pool.  Upstream was a different story.  The water is very low. 

Little River’s flow is currently 38 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 95 cfs.  Record low flow for this date based on 46 years of data is 34 cfs set in 1980.  You can see that we are close to setting a record low for this date.

There is not much chance for rain over the next few days according to the National Weather Service.  The Weather Channel looks at the rain forecast differently.  Their website indicates a 40% chance for rain on Wednesday. Let’s hope so.

It will be cooler for a while.  Highs will be in the 80’s in the valley until Thursday depending on which weather site you believe.  Again the National Weather Service and the Weather Channel differ.  The WC predicts highs in the mid 90’s on Thursday and Friday.

Fishing is going to be challenging in the Park.  You will need to find some shaded streams.  I would choose a backcountry stream.  The trout are going to be in the riffles or hiding under rocks and woody debris. They will be hungry.  The warmer water has their metabolism in high gear.  At this point I believe a trout will hit about anything that looks like food.  Still, terrestrials would be a good fly choice.  Try ants, beetles and Green Weenies.  Fishing will be better early and late when the sun is off the water.

Downstream on Little River you will encounter the same conditions, low water.  I would fish the deeper pools.  My experience lately with the low water would be described as “tough fishing” for smallmouth bass on Little River.  Your best bet will be a tailwater for trout and smallmouth bass.  They should all be fishing fine if you can get a decent generation schedule.  Power demand will be high and generation will probably be frequent.

I am longing for a normal September.  Normal temperatures early in the month here are 80 degrees for the high and 57 for the low.  Later in the month those numbers will change to 77 and 52.  Remember last September?  It was hot.  Paula and I spent a week on Dale Hollow Lake last year in September.  We had high temperatures in the 90’s and the surface water was usually 80 degrees or higher.

After writing this report yesterday I walked over to our Police Chief’s house.  I knew he had captured a bear in town that has been hanging around houses.  TWRA was to re-locate the animal to the Cherokee National Forest.  The TWRA truck was parked behind Ronnie’s Police Truck and the bear trap was in the TWRA vehicle.  But, the guys were not around.  I suspect they were inside eating breakfast.  I did not get to close to the vehicles so I don’t know if the bear was in the trap or had already been released.  I took the picture below and walked back to the shop.

Bear trapped in Townsend

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

Byron Begley
August 29, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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