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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Tomorrow and Saturday will be even cooler, with highs around 80 degrees. Lows at night will drop to near 60 degrees or below through Saturday night. Sunday and Monday will be warmer. After tonight, the chance for rain is low through Monday.
Little River is flowing at 57 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.40 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 87 cfs. The water temperature is 72.7 degrees.
Today, you should fish in the mid to high elevation streams, where the water is cooler. Nearby, I would start at Elkmont or Lynn Camp Prong. You may want to drive up highway 441 toward Newfound Gap and fish the higher elevation streams there. At these locations you will find comfortable conditions. Wander into a stream along a trail off the road and enjoy your day.
By the weekend, water temperatures will be cooler. We’ll have to see what happens then. You may be able to fish lower elevation streams.
Dry flies or nymphs should work fine. Terrestrial patterns, small Yellow Stoneflies and Weenies are a good choice. Other patterns will work. The water is low. You will need to be sneaky and blend in with the forest. Use light tippet, maybe 6X. Fish the choppy water.
Tailwater trout fishing is another choice and probably a good one. Check the TVA website to obtain generation schedules and pick your river before you go.
You might try a lake. It will be cooler and more comfortable this weekend. Go early or late. After tomorrow, it will be mostly sunny. You will probably see a lot more boat traffic on the lakes this holiday weekend. After Labor Day, you won’t see many boats on the lakes at all.
We are about to transition into Fall, which is prime fishing time in East Tennessee. The average high temperature in September, here, is 80 degrees. The average low is 55 degrees at night. The average high temperature for today is 84 degrees. The average low for this date is 59 degrees. We are going to be fairly close to that.
Next week is predicted to much warmer. The long-term forecast for next week indicates some days near 90 degrees with lows in the mid 60’s. We have had a much hotter than normal Summer. I’m hoping that won’t continue into Fall.
I know many of you live in Florida. Like you, I’m keeping a close eye on Hermine. From what I can tell, the tropical storm or hurricane will be over land tonight through tomorrow morning at the earliest but more likely tomorrow through tomorrow night. A hurricane warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, for the area between Suwannee River and Mexico Beach. You can read the most recent update by CLICKING HERE. What I am reading was updated at 4 am CDT this morning.
I hope this storm weakens today. I hope you are OK. I will be there soon.
I love that part of Florida, from Mexico Beach to Suwannee River. This year, I will have spent a month down there by year-end. Next year I hope to extend that to two months. I can work from there. I can work from anywhere.
I have visited and fished close to nearly all of those small towns on the coast between those two points. I consider that area my second home.
We do not own a home in Florida. We rent them. We always rent waterfront homes, either on the beaches or the bays. You can rent a waterfront home, for two months, for less money and aggravation, than owning one. And by renting, I don’t have to worry about these tropical storms and hurricanes. I don’t have to worry, but I do. Like I said, the Panhandle down to Suwannee is our second home.
Paula and I also spend a week on the South Carolina coast every year. We love it there too. Next year we plan to stay 2 weeks.
My Father and my stepmother owned a waterfront vacation home at Litchfield Beach, South Carolina many years ago. Hurricane Hugo practically destroyed that home. After it was re-built, they sold it. It took a long time to re-build, because there were not enough construction workers there to repair the aftermath of that awful storm.
I willl be watching Hermine today through Saturday. Stay safe down there.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.