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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report.  It is overcast and a very cool 54 degrees this morning.  Traffic was very light on the morning commute.  I stopped at the swinging bridge to view the river.  The water was a little off color at 7:45 am.  It should clear soon.  This is going to be a perfect day to go fishing, hiking, bicycling or any outdoor activity.  The high temperature today is forecast to be 72 degrees.  Nice!

Little River is flowing at a perfect rate of 234 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 167 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:50 this morning was 59.7 degrees.  That number dropped like a rock last night.  I’m telling you, today is the day.  Like I said before, the water is a little off color in town.  It should be perfect in the Park.

With these higher than normal flows and a tinge of turbidity, you should do well because the trout won’t see you easily.  Use a dry fly, preferably yellow.  If that doesn’t work switch to a Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Tellico or Green Weenie.

You may find the lowland rivers in the foothills a little muddy, especially below tributaries running through farms.  Later today or tomorrow they should clear quite a bit.  The smallmouth bass should be active.  The conditions, especially the water temperature will be very good for smallie fishing.

I’m sure the lakes cooled down some and will continue on that trend for a few days.  We’ll see high temperatures in the 70’s to low 80’s for the next 5 days.  Lows will be in the 50’s to low 60’s.  Sleep with the windows open.

We have had some rain.  Yesterday morning I spent a couple of hours with a film crew at the junction of Lynn Camp Prong and Thunderhead Prong.  My job was to be a model fly fisherman and hiker. During the fly fishing scenes I could barely stand in the water.  It was swift from the rain we had.  I went down once, not all the way.  My arm was soaked though.  The camera crew was filming from the bridge that crosses the confluence, which is a perfect place.  We chose a cloudy day to lessen the effects of shadows and glare.

I was helping with a video that is being produced to lure in high tech employers into our County.  This film will be narrated in German.  It will probably be dubbed over in other languages as well.  We have a fairly new industrial park (for lack of a better word) called Pellissippi Place.  Taking advantage of the Oak Ridge corridor’s collection of technology contractors and the National Laboratory, Pellissippi Place is designed to attract high tech companies with high paying jobs to the new “Innovation Valley”.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one good reason for a high tech company to open shop here.  Science is practiced here every day. The natural diversity of plants and animals is like no other place on earth.  We think of the Smokies as a recreational destination.  Scientists consider the Smokies a special research opportunity.

Nearby we have the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, The Y-12 National Security Complex and of course Tennessee Valley Authority.    

Evidently we have people working in other countries to encourage these high tech companies to open research and development outlets here.  You can visit the Pellissippi Place website HERE. Check it out. This is very interesting reading.

Glenn just came in and told me about his fishing success this week on Melton Hill Lake.  That is a beautiful body of water.  He was using the Chartreuse Knucklehead.  I had the same success this week using that fly on Indian Boundary Lake. 

Fishing is excellent in East Tennessee right now.  Anglers are happy about that.

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

Byron Begley
June 2, 2012

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