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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is overcast and 54 degrees this morning.  Tourism seems to be alive and well today.  The motel parking lots I passed were full of cars.  The restaurant parking lots were packed too.  The Talley Ho is hosting an antique Ford Bronco group.  I’ve seen a lot of those old cool SUV’s running around town since Thursday.  I talked to Michael Talley yesterday.  He said I should come by and check these vehicles out.  I might just do that today.

Little River is flowing at 284 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 265 cfs.  The water temperature this morning at 8:10 am was 56.5 degrees.  The high water temperature yesterday was 58.5 degrees.

We will probably get some rain today and tonight.  The National Weather Service puts the chances at 80%.  But, the radar looks like most of the front will move to our North.  We’ll see what happens.  It is going to be very cool beginning tomorrow night.  Expect lows in the high 30’s and highs in the high 50’s in the valley.  It will be colder in the mountains of course. 

Fishing is pretty good in the Smokies.  There is plenty of aquatic insect activity.  Today will be a good day to fish.  Tomorrow will probably be good too.  The rain will help.  Nymphs will most likely be your best choice, especially if it is raining when you are fishing.  Later this afternoon dry flies might be good to use, but that also depends on the rain.  A good selection of dry flies would include a Parachute Adams, Yellow Parachute Adams, Thunderhead, Elk Hair Caddis and any Yellow Sally Stonefly imitation.  For nymphs, use the regular attractors, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Tellico, Prince or Hare’s Ear. 

The rain will probably keep many anglers off the water.  I hear that often in the shop.  Many people don’t want to fish in the rain.  I just don’t understand that at all.  Most of the best fishing I have every had, occurred when it was raining or snowing.  I don’t get it.  But, that’s the way most people are. 

We are going to see the lake water temperatures dropping next week.  I hate that.  I fished a lake nearby two weeks ago and the water temperature was 71 degrees.  I was using a foam popper I tie.  Fishing was excellent.  Then I went to the exact same spots Thursday and the water was 63 degrees.  Fishing was slow.  I should have switched to a streamer.  I didn’t want to. 

The lowland rivers have been fishing well for smallmouth bass.  And, the bass have been hitting on top.  So have the pan fish.  I bet that fishing will slow down next week until the water temperatures rise.  That should happen later in the week.

The tailwaters should be fishing fine for trout and smallmouth bass.  There should not be much change in the temperatures so there is no reason for the fishing to slow down.

Overall, fishing is good.

Someone bought the defunct shopping center that was closed a couple of years ago.  Family Dollar was the anchor tenant.  Family Dollar was not the problem.  The owner of the shopping center defaulted.  The new owner is trying to rent that space and he re-opened the laundry and the car wash.  I’m happy about that car wash opening. 

I have not washed my truck since 2010 and don’t plan to.  But I will wash the boat there.  Yesterday morning I brought the boat back from our house and noticed that trees had dropped sappy stuff all over it.  I pulled it to the car wash and came back to the store with a clean boat five minutes later.  I didn’t have to climb in the boat.  That was money and time well spent.  I never expected to see a car wash in Townsend.

We have an automobile repair shop now.  I don’t think there has been one here since the 1960’s.  The Caylor’s opened the business and everyone says they do a great job.  Imagine that, a car wash and an auto repair shop in Townsend.  What we also need is a pharmacy and a liquor store. 

We actually have a hardware store but you wouldn’t know it.  It is called the Townsend Shopping Center.  A sign indicating that and Exxon signs are all you will see.  Go inside.  Do yourself a favor, walk in this store.  First, you will see (if you ask) a huge selection of Case Knives.  Most of them are in the safe.  Walk around and look at all the hardware.  Just about anytime I need something hardware related I can find it there.  And Jerry (Slick) Sullivan knows how to install everything.  He’s always there.  So is his wife.  They have a great selection of cast iron cookware, the good stuff.  On certain days you can sell your ginseng there.  I’m serious, next time you are in Townsend, visit the Townsend Shopping Center. 

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

Byron Begley
April 21, 2012

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