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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 49 degrees.  I saw some sprinkles hit my windshield on my way to work.  There is a 40% chance for rain today.  The high temperature will be around 66 degrees.  What a beautiful morning it is in Townsend, Tennessee (if you are a fly fisher).  Ross’s red Jeep was parked in our lot when I arrived.  He left it here and he’s fishing with someone else, probably Jack.  Those post spawn browns are going to have a bad day if that is the case.  He may be fishing with Joe.  Or, worse for the trout, maybe both of them.

I can’t get the water temperature online.  I’m guessing it is 49 degrees or better.  Flow was available.  Little River is flowing at 70 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 184 cfs.

We have rain in our future for several days.  The chance is 40% today and tomorrow then the odds increase to 100% on Monday and 60% on Tuesday.  It is going to rain and I am glad about that.  We need some water in these creeks.

Cloud cover is in your favor for days.  The warm water is in your favor for days.  The low water is not favorable right now.  When the precipitation begins, get out there.  Get out there now anyway.

I would use nymphs.  They would be a Prince, Girdle Bug, Tellico (Rubber Legged), Pheasant Tail or Hare’s ear.  I am keeping with tradition.  Bad weather brings on Blue Wing Olive hatches.  Be ready for that.  This is an excellent time to be fishing in the Smoky Mountains.  The water is low and that requires stealth and fairly light tippet if you are just fly fishing.  If you are going after the big guys, I would use 8 or 10 pound tippet.

The tailwaters are fishing well for trout and I’ve heard the smallmouth bass are active.  TVA is still dropping the lake levels for the Winter .  You may see some generation today due to that.  Power demands are low.  It is warm, very warm for December. 

Smallmouth bass are likely suspended in the lakes.  Rufus, Lynn and I are working on that strategy.  Rufus was in here yesterday.  We are ordering some more jig hooks to extend our plans for three people.  We plan to tie lightweight baitfish patterns.  Mine will be Puglisi Shad.  Once we are ready, we’ll go after those suspenders.  The plan now is to use heavy fly rods, 7 or 8 weight.  A 15 foot leader will be attached with a 4 pound tippet.  We’ll have some large strike indicators attached to the leader 10 to 15 feet up.  We’ll try to find some suspended smallmouth bass.  Then, we’ll make a desperate attempt to cast that rig from a boat.  Once the fly sinks and the strike indicator is upright, we apply small short tugs and see what happens.  That’s the plan right now.  Something new and fun to do with good friends.

It is going to turn cold Tuesday night.  I bet it stays that way.  It is fly tying time.  I finally started working on the Knucklehead Fly tutorial yesterday.  I shot some photos in the large studio which has 3 large flash units powered by AC.   Then I moved everything to the macro setup on the other side of my office.  That small studio uses three Nikon flash units.  The batteries were dead in all of them.  I have no batteries.  After I finish this report I’ll go out and buy some.  Without any major interruptions, I’ll shoot all the photography today and work on the pages.

So, it’s work for me today and hopefully it is fishing for you.

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

Byron Begley
December 8, 2012

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