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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is probably overcast at 70 degrees in Dry Valley this morning.  I am writing this report at home before daybreak because I’m having problems with Adobe Photoshop on my computer at work.  I’ll take my computer in to my Mac Guru tomorrow.  He’ll get the problem straightened out.  Until then, I’ll be writing this report at home.

We had a couple of very heavy rain storms yesterday.  I’m guessing we got about .40 inches of rain.  The airport reported .30”.  The chance for rain today is 90%.  The chance tomorrow is 70%.  We are going to get more rain.  That is good.

Little River is flowing at 63 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 84 cfs.  The flow reached near median flow last night but it is dropping now.  The water temperature at 5:45 am was 72.3 degrees. 

It is hard to say what the fishing will be like today.  If I were making that decision, I would go.  Rising and stained water can be a great opportunity for you to catch some nice trout, probably on nymphs or streamers.  You may find other rivers higher.  Some may not have been affected at all by the storms yesterday and last night.  I can’t say because I don’t know.

Cooler temperatures are following these storms into our region.  That and higher water are a plus for us.  Personally I hope we get more heavy rain and get these rivers and aquifers replenished.

Keep an eye on the water levels when you are fishing.  A storm could be dropping heavy rain upstream and you might not know it.  These high gradient streams can rise fast.

If the water is lower and clear where you are fishing, try a dry fly.  Anything yellow will work.  A black foam beetle is a good idea.  If the water is rising or it is raining, try a San Juan Worm or Green Weenie.  A large black hellgrammite pattern might be the ticket. 

If the water is slightly stained you are in luck.  Tie on a larger nymph, maybe a #10 or #12, maybe larger fly than that.  Add some split shot for weight.  Get the fly down and keep your leader tight so you can feel the strike.  If you want to, use a strike indicator.  You will need to adjust your depth often.

If the water is muddy you might not do well.  Consider another stream.

The long term forecast calls for cooler temperatures next week.  We may see highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s.  Won’t that be nice?  Before that we may hit the low 90’s again during the day.

We are busy at the store ordering merchandise for next year.  These orders are called Pre-season orders.  By making the commitment now, we get better pricing, terms and in some cases free shipping.  Simms is due today.  To put this into perspective, the Simms order will have $1,000 just in hats.  Daniel and I worked on that order yesterday.  I am also working on Fishpond and will continue today. 

It is raining again.  There will be a mass exodus from Townsend and Great Smoky Mountains National Park throughout the day starting very early.  Campers like to pull up stakes and go home early when it is raining. 

I hope you have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
September 3, 2012 

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