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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 66 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We got a brief shower sometime last night at our house.  The rain gauge at the shop had a little water in it, but the level was not measurable.  We’ve got a lot of visitors in town.  I thought this past weekend was the holiday weekend.  They had a fireworks show in Alcoa.  Daniel said he thinks more people will be here this coming weekend because the 4th of July is on Thursday.  I’m confused.  I bet he is right.

Little River looks awesome.  The water level has finally dropped to a good fishing flow.  It is still on the high side of good but the streams are much more angler friendly.  Flow this morning is 392 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.48 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 118 cfs.  I’ll take 392 cfs over 118 cfs anytime.  We are having great fishing weather at times this year.  The overall effect of this rain is good.  There are times however, when the water has been too high for fishing.  Right now, the streams look great.

I would use dry flies with a dropper today.  My dry fly choices would be Yellow Stimulator, Parachute Adams, a black foam beetle or a Neversink Caddis.  Off the dry I would drop a Green Weenie, Bead Head Pheasant Tail or an ant pattern.  I have to fish an ant as a dropper.  I can’t see the ants.  The trout can.

Fishing is good right now.  The conditions are perfect in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We do have rain in our future for the next few days in the form of scattered thundershowers.  Later this week, those thundershowers may not be so scattered.  We may get heavy rain Thursday.  Weather models indicate plenty of moist air over the eastern United States coming from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.  I hope we don’t get blown out again.

Fishing on the tailwaters has been very good.  I talked to Buzz yesterday.  He said the trout are feeding well on the Clinch River but they are very picky about what they eat.  He should know.  Other than Mike Bone, Buzz fishes the Clinch more than any angler I know.

Fishing on the lakes has been good for smallmouth, largemouth and bluegill.  I’m sure the carp fly anglers are having a great time.  We may not go fishing this week.  I’m hoping to take my day off and rest.  I will be tying Byron’s Knucleheads.  I have to put my name on the fly for internet marketing reasons.

I’m keeping up so far and introducing two new colors, yellow and white.  I have to average 3 flies per day.  I usually tie two in the evenings and one in the morning.

Now that the big bluegills are active, I’m expecting Byron’s Knucklehead sales will pick up.  These flies are killer on bluegill though they were designed to catch smallmouth bass in rivers.  I hear from people who use them and it seems most are actually used on lakes.  Because they float so well, fishermen are adding a dropper.  I would use a Carter’s Rubber Legged Dragon as a dropper.  I tie them in Chartreuse and they work well for big gills.

I going to town today.  I know for sure I have not been to Maryville in over a month.  I’m meeting Dave Chouinard from Simms for a merchandise show in his big motor home showroom.  Evidently, Simms has a new rubber soled boot.  The sole is thick and soft so it shapes to the contours of rocks.  That’s the way I understand the concept.  I may be reporting differently tomorrow after I see one.  This will be a two-hour show.  We are meeting in a Walmart parking lot.

I can’t believe it is July.  In a few days I will be 62 years old.  We will be seeing new fly fishing gear for the 2014 season this month.  We used to do that in September back in the old days.  Then it started happening in August.  Now it is happening in July.  We will have 2014 orders due in July this year.

Chota has two new and exciting products that will be available for sale this month.  We are all looking forward to that.

Unless we get a ton or rain, this should be a very good week to go fishing.  I would stay off the lakes on Thursday and next weekend.  They will be crowded.  In the Smokies, I would find a nice backcountry stream to fish.  There will be a lot of people swimming and tubing on the rivers that are close to roads.  You will want to stay away from that activity if you are only fishing.  Of course, there is nothing that feels better on a hot day than jumping into a clear stream in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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

Byron Begley
July 1, 2013

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