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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 4:50 am, the temperature is 63.7 degrees. Today, through Friday, we can expect fairly warm days, in the mid 80’s with lows at night in the low 60’s. No rain is expected during the period.
It may be a little warmer during the days this weekend, but remain cool at night. Don’t expect any rain this weekend either.
Little River is flowing at 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.36 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 73 cfs. The water temperature is 69.4 degrees this morning.
When I began gathering data for yesterday’s report, some of the streams I checked, that have flow gauges, were moving upward. It was early, about 4 am. This morning, I noticed Little River’s flow climbed higher yesterday. I was surprised. The little Pigeon dropped a some during the day. Cataloochee eventually began to recede. Little River did too but it is currently rising. It must have rained around midnight last night in the watershed.
The long term forecast, through October 4th, predicts much cooler temperatures. Unless the weather pattern changes, we will see water temperatures drop. What this means for fishermen is, you will be able to fish the lower elevations. The streams are larger in the lower elevations. They are deeper. Fishing is going to improve, due to the temperature dropping. This is good news.
I got an e-mail from Scott from Indianapolis yesterday. He and a buddy camped at #24 and fished last weekend. That campsite is 4 miles upstream from the Elkmont Campground, on the East Prong of Little River. He said “Fishing was outstanding”. He went on to say the water was low but there were still plenty of deep runs and pools. The water temperature was around 60 degrees. While he was there, the water temperature downstream near the “Y” ranged from 68 to 74 degrees.
I think the elevation at Campsite #24 is about 2,800 feet. Where the gauge is located at the Townsend “Y”, the elevation is approximately 1,200 feet. Scott did say his thermometer may not be all that accurate. But still, what a difference 1,600 feet in elevation, makes.
He said there were only a handful of campers at #24, and they didn’t see any other fishermen up there.
This is September. You won’t see many people in the Park, especially 4 miles from a trailhead, in September.
With the water temperatures falling over the next few days, you should be able to fish in the lower elevations and do well. You will need to be sneaky. The water is low. The trout are spooky. You may see some large browns out there. Those browns won’t be easy to catch.
Another good stream to fish right now is Lynn Camp Prong. Hike up the trail two miles or more. You will find plenty of eager brook trout.
Fishing in the Smokies is looking up. We just need some rain.
The Park Service reported the forest fire near lower Abrams Creek is 50% contained. It isn’t a huge fire, only about 75 acres. Firefighters cut a barrier of about 250 acres, to stop the fire from spreading. Hopefully, it won’t.
Todd Howell, our local weather expert, talks about the fall leaf colors today on the WBIR website. Todd knows his stuff. Despite the dry hot temperatures, we could have great fall leaf colors this year. CLICK HERE to watch his video and written report. You will learn from this.
It won’t be long. People will be traveling to the Smokies in droves when the leaves change. I’m seeing some colors now. We are losing a lot of leaves too, at our house. The are accumulating on our concrete parking areas, porches and decks. Paula blows them off about every other day. Shortly thereafter, they are back. Leaf fall this time of year is normal. But, we have not seen this many dropping, to the best of our recollection. Maybe we are just noticing it more than usual.
Acorns are dropping. I saw three wild turkey gobblers on the lower driveway late yesterday. We were sitting on the front porch. The turkeys seemed to be trying to decide if they should walk up to our house. We have lots of oak trees around the house. Turkeys love acorns. They decided to go somewhere else.
The acorns are small this year, but there are plenty of them. Maybe larger acorns will fall later. When we were building the boat house, two years ago, the acorns were huge. If an acorn fell on your head, it was a memorable event. The guys framing the roof were bombarded by these big nuts. I got brained a couple of times myself.
We have not seen a bear at our house in weeks. They have plenty of food right now. They are staying away from homes, unless somebody is doing something stupid like leaving food outside. If there is a mast crop failure, we see plenty of bear in the fall. That won’t happen this year.
Our neighbors re-installed their electric fence, around one apple tree and all the grape vines. Their setup is solar powered. It works. The deer and bear are staying away. A bear cleaned off one apple tree. We saw him down there almost every day. That tree is a different species, that ripens early. He won’t get the apples on this tree. He has left the grapes alone for now. He must be tempted.
We placed a run-of-the-mill, plain old, livestock type mineral block right behind our house, in the forest, two years ago. The deer loved it. It took them two years to lick it away. I bought a mineral block that looks like a rock, mined in the west, from the ground, that is supposed to be popular among the deer. I put it on a board, about 50 feet from the old mineral block. This 25 pound block cost twice what the older 50 pound block.
I kept looking out the windows, watching the deer, standing where the old block was located. They didn’t touch the new one. I guess they didn’t like it. So, I went to the Farmers Co Op and bought a new 50 pound livestock block, and carried the darned thing back to where the old one was. The deer decided they liked the newer, mined, 25 pound block. They have not touched the latest one I bought. Now, the 25 pound mined block is about gone. I will buy one this week and give them a choice.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.