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 early, dark and 62 degrees in Townsend this morning.  This is going to be a beautiful day.  The high temperature will be around 80 degrees.  Tomorrow will be cooler.  It will be sunny most of the weekend.  Rain will arrive late tomorrow.

Little River is slowly dropping.  Right now at 6:15 am, flow is 67 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.36 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 92 cfs.  The water temperature is 63 degrees.

Fishing conditions could be better if the water flows were higher.  The temperatures are fine.  Make sure you blend in.  Fish the choppy water, where riffles enter pools or right in the riffles.  Hit the pockets behind rocks in the riffles.  Don’t be seen by the trout.  If you do that, you will catch trout.

I would use a dry fly, probably a Yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis.  They are easy to see and float well.  Drop a Green or Pink Weenie off the dry.  That combination will work.  Other fly patterns will probably do just as well but that is what I would use.  I think the trout will most likely take the dropper in this lower water.

There is a lot going on in Townsend and in Cades Cove today. 

The Fall Heritage Festival will be held at the Visitors Center.  There will be bluegrass bands, arts and crafts and demonstrations at this location.  Food vendors will be serving southern favorites. 

The Blue Ribbon Country Fair will be held at the Heritage Center.  Demonstrations, contests. livestock displays, live music and more can be found there. My favorite has always been the kids greased pig catching contest.  You will see some fine looking animals in the mule pulling contest.

Railroad Days will be held at the Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum.  That’s a great place to visit. 

Trilllium Cove is holding an event.

The Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Fair will be holding their big Fall show.

And, it will be Old Timers Day in Cades Cove.  Drive there, enjoy the scenery and learn about the history of the cove along with live mountain music all day.

If you go fishing today, I would avoid upper Abrams Creek.  It’s going to be packed with people there.

Thousands of people will be visiting Townsend and Cades Cove today.

A group of us are going to attend a funeral for a friend.

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

Byron Begley
September 27, 2014

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