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 6:49 am, dark and 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We got some rain last night.  I don’t know how much.  Our rain gauge at home is at the barn.  A gauge won’t work near our house.  There are too many trees.

The shop will be open today as it is on all Sundays.  After I finish this report, I’ll go in and start my weekly bookkeeping routine.  When I get finished and if I have time, I’ll start working on our website again. 

Little River is rising.  Currently, flow is 87 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.46 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 84 cfs.  The water temperature is 70.3 degrees.

The weather forecast calls for a 70% chance of thunderstorms this morning.  I checked the weather radar.  It looks like the storms and rain will miss us unless new cells form.  We have a 20% to 30% chance for rain every day this week through Thursday.

Fishing is good in the high elevations where the water is cool.  Josh took his clients way up in the mountains yesterday.  They did well, catching mostly brook trout.  The best fly for them was a Green Weenie.  I talked to some other customers who did well yesterday using a Yellow Neversink Caddis.  They came in to buy some more.  I sold them some Green Weenies too.

Townsend is crowded due to the holiday.  The Park is crowded too.  If you go fishing in the Park today, get away from the roads and go high.  You will do well.  I don’t know what the streams look like now.  There is a chance some are high and stained.  The airport is reporting .67” of rain fell last night.  In the Park it could have been more or less.

Josh said the tailwaters are fishing well for smallmouth bass.  He and Glenn fished one of them Friday.  He said the fishing was great at first, then it slowed.  They tried crawfish patterns.  Nothing.  They switched to baitfish patterns and started catching them again. 

What I like most about smallmouth bass fishing is, you are trying to catch a predator.  They take big flies, on top and below the surface.  I don’t use strike indicators.  I want to see or feel the fish take my fly.  When you hook one, they fight like crazy.  There is nothing quite like it.

Big trout fight well too, maybe just as hard, but differently.  I fished the Cumberland River in Kentucky early last week.  Those trout are fighters.  The water temperature stays around 55 degrees there they say.  We had a great time fishing there.  We caught rainbow, brown and brook trout for two days.

I catch some largemouth bass on flies, but not any really big ones lately.  Where we fish, smallies are the dominant species.  To our South, and on some lakes here, there are some huge largemouth bass.  I want to do more of that in the future.

One of the guys, tying at Fly Tyers Weekend is Brandon Bailes from Athens, Alabama.  You can read his post on our message board by CLICKING HERE and you will see what I mean.  Look at those fish! He catches smallmouth bass too, and big bluegill.  In Alabama, largemouth bass is king.

Below is a photo of Brandon and his bio on one of our Fly Tyers Weekend pages. Look at that big bass.  I want to catch some of those.  I think I need to go fishing with Brandon.

Brandon Bailes
"I live in the Tennessee Valley and I'm surrounded by great warmwater fisheries! I also frequent the Elk river tailwaters in TN, which is only an hour away from my home. My flyfishing styles are polar opposites:)

I am a die hard streamer junkie( 8wts, big flies, and sinking line) but i am also addicted to small stream fishing with a light fiberglass rod...just depends on the day and mood.....but 99% of either style is for warmwater fish.

As far as work, by day i am an engineering technician for NASA and at night, when the wife and lil ones go to bed, I am a fly tyer! i have sold flies via facebook and instagram for awhile and plan on building a website soon!
"

UPDATE 7:56 AM - LITTLE RIVER IS STILL RISING THOUGH THE LEVEL IS GOOD FOR FISHING RIGHT NOW. KEEP AN EYE ON THE FLOW GAUGE BY USING THE LINK TO THE LEFT. SOME STREAMS COULD BE STAINED AND HIGH. FISHING COULD BE EXCELLENT.

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

Byron Begley
August 31, 2014
 

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