Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. It is overcast and 70 degrees in Townsend this morning. Traffic was very light on my way here. This is a weekend after a holiday. People don’t travel as much on those weekends. Next week will be different.
Little River and most Park streams have low flow. A storm did barely miss us during the night. I awoke to thunder but we got almost no rain. This morning, flow is 81 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.46 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 154 cfs. The water temperature at 8 am is 68.7 degrees.
I think fishing is still good in the mountains despite the low water. To tell you the truth, I was working in here all day yesterday and didn’t talk to one returning fisherman. There is no doubt, fishing will improve when we get some rain. We have a 40% chance today and 40% chance Tuesday. I’ll be in a drift boat all day Tuesday.
That means, the rain will come down heavy. We’ll probably get basketball size hail too. I can’t for the life of me figure out why they call me “Bad Weather Byron”. The chance for rain Wednesday is 50%.
I would use dry flies, specifically any Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern. Other dries will work. A Light Cahill or any light colored fly should do. Even, darker flies might produce since the trout have not seen many of those lately. Terrestrials, like ants and beetles are always a good choice during the summer. A Green or Pink Weenie will do as a nymph.
Smallmouth bass fishing on the tailwaters has been very good. We’re going to try some of that Tuesday. The bass are hitting on top. Poppers are working well right now.
The Clinch River below Norris Dam will be getting some flow today. TVA says they will start generating one unit at 10 am then crank it up at 2 pm. Anglers have been experiencing low flows on the Clinch at times. That’s due to the abnormally dry weather we’ve been having. Norris Lake is still much lower than the full Summer pool we would like to see. Last year at this time the lake level was at about 1,020 feet above sea level. At midnight, that level was 1,012 feet.
It looks about the same at Cherokee Lake. Last year, the lake level on this date was near 1,070 feet. At midnight, 1,059 feet was recorded.
Douglas looks good, at the top of the expected elevation range for this time of year.
Of course Tellico and Fort Loudoun are where they should be. They usually are. That level is maintained for a transportation reason, barges.
Tom Butler sent me an e-mail yesterday. He got his blog going. We are good friends and he wanted to do what I’m doing here, write about his life and business. No he doesn’t own a fly shop. Tom owns Butler and Bailey Market in Knoxville. This is one great store.
So, how do you talk about a grocery store on a blog? Tom figured it out. Instead of a Fishing Report, his is called “Grocery Life”. He is an interesting guy and he is writing interesting stuff. I will be a faithful reader of Grocery Life.
Tom loves to fly fish. On June 2nd, he talked about a man who owns a boat dock on Fort Loudoun Lake called Duncan’s Boat Dock. I can relate to that story well. I grew up hanging around boat docks.
Tom also wrote about Joseph Lenn. Joseph is the chef at Blackberry Farm who has won so many culinary awards, he is one of the most sought out speakers for food and chef events. He is known worldwide. Joseph is a friend of Tom’s and mine. Joseph likes to fly fish. He likes to cook too.
Check out Tom’s website and store. The store is exceptional. So is Tom.
Next Saturday we are holding a Intermediate Casting Class. The cost is $100. It will be taught by Rob Fightmaster. If you need help with your casting, this class will be beneficial. Call the shop at 865-448-9459. CLICK HERE to see our entire fly fishing school schedule.
Next month, we are offering our usual Beginner Fly Fishing Classes, and additionally we will hold a Beginner Fly Tying Class and Aquatic Entomology class. I think both of those classes are almost full. Call as soon as you can if you are interested.
Right now it looks to be partly cloudy out there toward the mountains. That usually indicates it is a good day to fish. I hope the clouds hang around all day for you.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
June 8, 2014
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