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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 6:43 am, the temperature outside is 60.1 degrees. This is going to be a hot weekend. High temperatures will rise to near or at 90 degrees through Monday. Lows at night will be in the high 60’s. Rain and thunderstorms are predicted Monday night through Wednesday.
Little River is flowing at 68 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.46 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 118 cfs. The water temperature is 70.0 degrees. The water temperature has risen each day to over 75 degrees, 5 out of the last 6 days.
Keep in mind, the water temperature stated here, is in the low elevations of Little River, within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but just before flowing into Townsend. The higher you go into the mountains, the water will be cooler.
Factoring in the long term weather forecast, we are probably going to have hot days and warm nights for a while, at least through mid-July. I would plan on fishing in the high elevations of the Smoky Mountains during this time. There are too many high elevation streams to mention here. They are abundant.
You can also find cooler water by fishing early in the mornings.
Another problem we have today, is water flow. The streams are low. Until we get some rain, which hopefully won’t be far in the future, you should plan of fishing skinny water. This requires stealth on the angler’s part. Wear muted clothing or even camo. Find shaded water. Use light tippet.
I would use small dry flies, either Yellow Sally Stonefly imitations, small mayfly and caddis patterns or terrestrials, such as beetles or ants. Trailing a nymph or other sub-surface fly behind the dry fly is a good idea. I would use a Green or Pink Weenie as the dropper.
These are not ideal fishing conditions. Hopefully they will improve next week. You can catch trout, when the water is low. You will become a better fly fisherman if you go now and learn more.
I would certainly hike into the backcountry this weekend, to find shaded small streams and get away from people.
TVA will be generating off and on today at Center Hill and Cherokee Dams. You may find wade fishing opportunities at those two rivers. Generation is scheduled all day at Norris Dam. Check the TVA website yourself before going.
Floating the tailwaters with a guide would be an excellent idea. They can have you on the water, despite the generation, at the perfect time. Fishing is good for trout and smallmouth bass on the tailwaters. If you have a boat, suitable for shallow tailwater use, you probably know where to go. The guides are busy. They have had a great year. They can show you some excellent fly fishing right now.
The lowland rivers are flowing very low. If you fish one of these rivers, go early or late.
It’s the same with ponds and lakes. Go early or late.
We are going to have a crowd of people in Townsend and the Park this weekend for the Independence Day holiday.
A couple of friends, just re-opened the mini golf course in town. It is located next to Smok’n Joes BBQ. It is called “Mountain Mini Golf. You can read more about this by CLICKING HERE to read an article on the Daily Times website. I’m glad to see this open again. It is a fun and inexpensive family activity. Visit their Facebook Page by CLICKING HERE.
Hey, this is a big day for me. I am officially on Medicare. I just got a raise!
Travel safe if you are visiting Townsend this weekend.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.