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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy but right now the sun is shining through an open window in the sky.  Most of the mountains I can normally see from my office window are fogged in.  I stopped by the river and it looked muddy from the street.  So I walked out over the river on the swinging bridge.  It is fairly discolored.  We got .30” of rain at the shop, the Airport got almost none so somewhere in the Smokies some heavy rain fell.

Flow in Little River is 331 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 189 cfs.  The gauge height is 2.34 feet which means the river is safe to wade.  I don’t know if the prongs are stained.  The color we have in town could come from another creek or several outside the Park boundary.  The water temperature was 59.5 degrees at 7:55 am.

The heat is coming, starting tomorrow.  The daytime temperature will gradually climb to the 90’s by Friday.  It is going to be a hot weekend in the Smokies.  We do have plenty of water right now so stream levels should be very good for the weekend.

Fishing is excellent in the Smoky Mountains.  As the rivers warm this weekend, fishing will probably be best early and late.  You should see plenty of aquatic insect activity late in the day until dark.  Yellow Sally stoneflies and other bugs will be on the water.  I would use a Yellow Sally pattern.  Fishing will probably be good during the day too, but better early and late.

The tailwaters should be fishing fine for trout.  I am hearing about low and warm water on the Clinch but on the other hand, some people are reporting good catches.  I guess it depends on where you are and at what time of day. TVA’s schedule has continued as before, generating about 3,400 cfs for an hour per day.

The Holston has been fishing well for trout and smallmouth bass.  I’m also hearing the South Holston is fishing well.

Depending on which watersheds received rain in the Smokies, fly fishing for smallmouth bass in the lowland foothills river may be hampered by turbid water.  I believe Little River will clear through town soon.  We do have a chance for more rain today so that could cloudy the water more. 

We held our Townsend/Walland Business association meeting at 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  We met at the Tuckaleechee Retreat in Dry Valley.  We live in Dry Valley but I have not ventured out toward the Caverns in years.  I forgot how pretty it is out there.  Dry Valley has not been developed hardly at all.  We live in a subdivision with 4 other homes.  The total acreage of the subdivision is 60.  Most of us own 10 acres or more.  And we are surrounded by undeveloped forest.  It’s the same all around Dry Valley.  What you find are farms, homesteads and forest.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary is at the top of the ridges.  We live 5 minutes from work but it looks and feels like we are in the middle of nowhere. 

We have some cool new T-shirts that should be printed Monday.  The image on the back was designed by Cindy Day from Knoxville.  Our logo will be embroidered on the front.  The theme honors the restoration of the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout in the Great Smoky Mountains.  You can see from the design below, Cindy went for the retro look.  She told me she wanted to do that.  I like it.  I ordered 155 shirts in the color heather gray.  The shirt are actually made in the United States of America.  They will be printed in Nashville, Tennessee and embroidered in Alcoa, Tennessee.  They should be available to you in a couple of weeks.

Brook Trout Restoration T-Shirt Image

I have some new T-shirt ideas and Cindy will be working on them.  Now that I found a source for USA made T-shirts in Boston, we’ll probably print and embroider on them in the future.  They do cost a little more.  I don’t think customers will mind.  The embroidery runs up the cost a little too.

I’m packaging flies, mostly new bass patterns as we build more inventory for warmwater species. I’ll probably do that all day.  That’s one of the boring things that has to be done in a fly shop.  Waiting on customers is the fun part.

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

Byron Begley
May 23, 2012


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