Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast in Townsend this morning.  I want to go fishing.  I’m looking out at Great Smoky Mountains National Park right now, just knowing that the fishing is good, probably very good.  It may be excellent.  The river looked perfect this morning. The water had a little color to it.  That’s good. The water temperature was 64 degrees.  That’s better.  And looking out at the highway, there is almost no traffic.  That’s perfect. 

Flow is currently 205 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 140 cfs.  That’s not what I’m used to seeing for the past few weeks.  We did get an inch of rain yesterday.  It happened fast.  Customers came in who were drenched.  There were a lot of wet heads walking around in here.  We may get more rain today and tonight.  Then it is going to be hot for a couple or three days.  After that it will cool off and the rain should return.  Fishing conditions are improving by the day.

I would be out there right now.  There is no sunshine, the trout will be moving more and you won’t be seen by the fish as easily.  I would go to the Middle Prong or Thunderhead and fish there.  Or, I would go to the Elkmont Campground and hike upstream.  Be aware that some thunderstorms might blow through.  There is no doubt I would either be using a small yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis for a dry.  My alternative to the dry would be a Green Weenie or San Juan Worm.  I don’t think you will have an opportunity like this until later this week. 

The mountains are clearly viewable right now.  The wind blew the haze somewhere else.  The mountains look larger and closer.  It is a beautiful day in Townsend.  Take advantage of it.

Evidently a lot of trees blew down in the Park yesterday when the storm came through.  Several people mentioned that.  The trail is still closed between Abrams Falls and the Abrams Creek Campground due to the tornado that touched down in late April.  We have had some crazy weather this year.  I don’t know how many fishermen I’ve talked to who are not racking up angling days like in a normal year.

That is happening all over the country.  I exchanged e-mails with the Sales Manager at Loon this week.  They have a good perspective on “what is going on” around the Country.  Out west the heavy snow in the Rockies is causing a vast and plentiful run-off.  The Southeast has been hot and dry.  The mid-west has been extremely wet with flooding.  (It just started raining here by the way).  The winter was cold and fishing in the South was almost non-existent. 

Heavy rain and flooding this Spring in the Mississippi River drainage caused dam managers to hold back water for flood control.  Then they started letting that water go.  They had too.  The lakes were overfilled.  Fly shops are suffering everywhere.  I heard it from Loon and other people who manufacture fly fishing tackle.  The weather has taken it’s toll on our tiny industry.  There were some bright spots but not many.

I see a change on the way.  (I just heard thunder too).  It is predicted that the South will have cooler and wetter weather.  We’re seeing that now.  Anglers are starting to plan their trips to the West and Alaska.  I saw a lot of that yesterday.  The tailwaters are getting back to normal.  Excessive releases this Spring have slowed some.  The water should cool some.  That will help the South.  It’s not going to be so darned hot.  That means I’ll be fishing more. 

I think anglers are going to be happier now.  We’re going to get a break.  We’re getting a break.

Have a great day and go fishing.  Thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
June 19, 2011

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