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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  At 6:12 am,  the temperature is 66 degrees.  Today’s high temperature will be in the mid-80’s with a slight chance for rain.  Tomorrow, and for several days, the forecast calls for much cooler temperatures, in the mid to high 70’s to low 80’s.  Low temperatures will be in the 50’s to mid 60’s.  We have a 40% to 90% chance for rain each day, over the next 5 days.

Being a fly fisherman,  and one who’s close friends are the same,  I am so excited about the upcoming weather forecast.  I’m hoping the low water and heat will be gone. 

Little River is still flowing low at 34 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.10 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 85 cfs.  The water temperature is 69.1 degrees this morning.

If you fish today in the Smoky Mountains, drive or hike to higher elevations.  The water will be cooler and the fishing will be better.  I talked to a couple of guys yesterday, who had a great time fishing and they caught a lot of brook trout.  They hiked way up Lynn Camp Prong.  They were several miles from the trailhead. 

With the weather forecast we have now, we will see fishing improve in the lower elevations soon.  The larger rivers will offer good fishing again, without stressing the trout.  Daytime temperatures in the low elevations have exceeded 70 degrees most days during the past few weeks.  That’s why I’ve been saying, you should go higher up in the mountains. 

If we get the expected rain, we will have higher flows, which can make fishing easier for many fishermen.  The chance for rain tomorrow is 90%.  I think it will rain.  And, it will open opportunities for floating the lowland rivers, hopefully.

Yesterday officially ended the boating season on our lakes.  Now, Tennessee Valley Authority will be lowering some of their lakes. You can read a story pertaining to this and watch a video on the subject on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE.

They have already started the draw downs. You can see that in the video.  Brookfield Renewable Energy, who own several dams on the Little Tennessee River, drew down one small lake by a foot during the past 24 hours, if their website is correct.  Their website has not been reporting generation schedules since September 3rd.  I sent an e-mail to them yesterday, so they are aware of the situation now. 

The boating season is not over for me.  Now, Paula and I will be boating more.  We’re going to Tellico Lake this Thursday, and we’re planning a Little River canoe float if we get the anticipated rain.  Fall fishing in the lowland rivers, from a canoe or kayak is awesome.  I’m pumped.  Fall fly fishing on the lakes and lowland rivers is a wonderful experience.

Fall is also an exciting time to fish for trout in the tailwaters.  I’ve always found brown trout to be more aggressive during the Fall on these rivers.  We are blessed in East Tennessee with some of the finest tailwater trout fishing I know of. 

This has been a hot Summer.  They say this is the hottest on record.  I can’t dispute that.  If you put your fly rods away temporarily, due to the heat and low water, it’s time to get them out and fish.

I get up early every morning and search the news on websites, hoping to find something you are interested in reading.  One of the stories I reported on last week was the attack on a man in Campbell County by an animal, at night with dark coarse hair.  He was taken to UT Hospital and treated.  One news site in a local town reported the attack was by a black bear. 

Now, the news sites are reporting the man was not attacked by a bear.  The injuries were not consistent with lacerations made by a bear.  In fact, those sites are reporting, the man was not attacked by an animal at all.  I guess that rules out a mountain lion.  I don’t know what’s going on but it will be an interesting story to follow.

Daniel told me yesterday, we outfitted an 8 year old to fly fish Saturday.  I know that sounds young.  In some cases it is.  It depends on the child. 

Two close friends of mine got their start in our fly fishing school years ago.  I think the youngest was 9 years old.  His brother was maybe 2 or more years older.  I started fly fishing when I was 11 years old, and I have absolutely no athletic ability. 

This boy’s father is a sports professional, and one of the best to ever play the game.  And, he started playing that game when he was much younger than 8 years old. I bet his son has natural ability to do about anything, including fly fishing.

I am always hopeful, we get kids started in our sport as quickly as they are ready.  Most of the very young beginners I know who are adults now, turned out to be outstanding people.  I think fly fishing had something to do with that. They had great parents and friends too.

I did an analysis on our website data yesterday for the first 8 months of this year, compared to the same period last year.  Keep in mind, we have several components to this website, including another separate website.  We have this group of pages you see here that I refer to as our Main Website, an online store and a message board. 

This year we’ve had 958,405 visitors who clicked on 13,448,595 pages during the first 8 months.  Visitation is up 9.07% this year over last. 

Unique users on the Main Website you are visiting now, is up 29.32%.  A unique visitor is one that has not been on the site during that period, but became a unique visitor once.  If they came back during that period,  they are not counted again.

New visitors, who had not visited this year are 32.4% of the total.

The fishing report is something I started writing daily in 2007.  By “daily”, I mean every day, except four holidays per year.  This year, this page has grown by 11.05% over last year.  I guess I’ll keep writing and hopefully you will continue to read.  I sincerely thank you for reading the fishing report, and visiting our website.  And thank you for supporting all of us at Little River Outfitters.

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

Byron Begley
September 8, 2015 

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