Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cool, finally.  Right now it is 10:21 am and 72 degrees.  They say the low tonight will be 61 degrees.  Man, this is more like it.  Little River is moving dreadfully slow.  Some of the pools I saw this morning further downstream had almost no flow.  We got a little rain yesterday in the mountains and the flow chart ticked up temporarily but it quickly fell back down. 

Flow in Little River is currently 70 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 111 cfs.  There is no rain in the foreseeable future.  So, what do we do.  First, fish higher up in the mountains where the water is cooler.  Second, pick small shady streams for the same reason.  The trout should be in the riffles and pockets behind rocks.  Concentrate your efforts there.  Third, fish early and late.  Be there at daybreak, take a nap at mid-day then fish until dark. Use light tippet.

Dry flies or nymphs should work fine.  For a dry I would use a yellow mayfly, stonefly or caddis in small sizes, #16.  Your nymph choice could be any mayfly pattern.  A Pheasant Tail would be good.  Try a Green Weenie.

We are going to experience cooler temperatures for a few days.  That will be a positive for trout fishing in the Smokies.  Rain sure would help.

From what I’m hearing the tailwaters are fishing well.  I don’t know about the Caney Fork.  I have not heard anything about that fine river. The South Holston, Holston and Clinch Rivers are fishing fine.

I have not been on the lakes in a couple of weeks due to this surgery.  I can’t wait to go.  I mentioned a fly I’m tying for smallmouth bass and stripers a couple of days ago.  I have not tried it yet.  But, Jack came over to see me last night at the house and he was blown away.  That is saying a lot.  He was not just being nice.  This may be the first fly I have ever invented.  I have not seen one yet.  It is a Threadfin Shad imitation.  I’ll get some pictures soon.  I’m a big Puglisi Shad fan.  But, they take forever to tie.  This fly is about as easy as a wooly bugger.  I think it will be great in saltwater too.  I need to think of a name for this fly.  And, I need to find out if it works.  Jack said it would work well. I think it will too.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us and supporting all of us at Little River Outfitters. 

Byron Begley
June 30, 2010


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