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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 70 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Paula and I have been on vacation, staying in a cabin right on a small lake for almost a week.  We got home late yesterday afternoon.  It’s good to be back though we had a great vacation.  Everything around here looks about the same as it did when we left, hot and dry.

Since we did not have internet service at the resort I could not keep up with what was going on here.  I did stop at the river this morning.  It is low but not what I expected.  There is still plenty of water movement at the swinging bridge.

Flow at 7:40 was 48 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 105 cfs. The water temperature at that time was 70 degrees and that number spiked up to 74 degrees yesterday.  The high temperature reported at the airport yesterday was 102 degrees which was a record for that date.  The high today is expected to be 102 degrees.  Tomorrow through Monday will be much of the same, hot and dry.  It will cool off to the low 90’s by Independence Day.  Lows at night will be around 70 degrees all week.

I noticed at our house yesterday, at the peak, the thermometer on our front porch indicated it was 92 degrees.  Our front porch is always about 10 degrees cooler on hot sunny days.  That is because the house is built in the woods.  We receive very little sunshine in the Summer. 

I read Daniel’s fishing reports.  He says the fishing in the Smokies is still good.  He recommends that you fish early and late.  He also mentioned going high into the mountains where the air and water are cooler.  Good advice.  It will be more comfortable for you too. Do not expect really good fishing in the Smokies. The low water will test your skills for sure.  

We found the lake fishing to be fair on our vacation.  The water was low and warm.  We had a boat tied up at the cabin so we could go fishing at a moments notice.  It was tough getting out on the lake when the sun was shining.  It was hot.  The cabin was cool.  We mostly fished about 2 to 3 hours before dark.  We caught a few bass, bluegill and even some channel catfish on our fly rods.  We also found the bluegill to be in deep water.  We used Rubber Legged Dragons and 12’ leaders to get down to them. 

At one point I though I had the new State record bluegill on my 6 weight.  The fight was incredible.  After a long battle, we netted a 3 pound catfish.  The same thing happened to me last year at Dale Hollow.  Or was it year before last?  I was stripping a Puglisi streamer on a sink tip line.  A big fish hammered the fly.  After a really long battle on an 8 weight I landed a 8 pound catfish.  I actually weighted that fish. I was hoping it was a big smallmouth.  I’m getting pretty good a catching catfish on a fly. 

Today we will probably decide the future of Troutfest.  A few of us are meeting in Maryville at 9:00 am.  We will have a professional facilitator leading the meeting.  So, I better finish up this report and head that way.

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

Byron Begley
June 30, 2012

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