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 72 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I was off yesterday, stayed home and helped Jack and the guys remodel our house.  We got a lot done.

Little River is low again, flowing at 75 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.43 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 130 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:10 am is 72.3 degrees.

Fishing has been good.  I saw a fishing report on David Knapp’s website.  One of his clients caught a beautiful brown on a nymph.  You can read the story HERE.  David is an excellent writer.  He describes a fishing experience very well. 

If you go fishing today, be prepared for some low water.  The trout will be spooky.  Some people are catching the trout on dry flies and others are doing better with nymphs.  I would stick with yellow dry flies, something that resembles a Yellow Sally stonefly.  I walked through the woods yesterday and noticed a green inchworm was attached to and inching up my t-shirt.  That tells me you should be using a Green Weenie.

This is going to be a beautiful weekend in the Smoky Mountains.  It is going to be very cool at night.  Tonight, the temperatures should dip to around 61 degrees.  Tomorrow night, the predicted low will be 57 degrees.  There is no rain in the forecast.  Campers are going to have a great weekend.  Everyone will, here at least.

Unfortunately, parts of the East Coast will be pounded by the hurricane.  Hopefully there will be no injuries and minor property damage.  Mandatory evacuations have been issued.

Living in a community that is mostly supported by tourism, I can’t help but feel bad for the business people on the coast.  This is their big holiday.  What they lose in business this weekend cannot be recovered.  It reminds me of last October, our town’s busiest month, when the National Parks closed.  Some businesses here did not recover. 

I hope this storm moves out to sea and everyone there is OK.

I am meeting with three guys today to discuss the future of Laurel Lake.  This beautiful lake, which was located near our house was drained over 20 years ago.  It was believed the integrity of the dam was compromised. 

Building a lake is not considered friendly to the environment.  In this case, warming of the water flowing into Little River is the issue.  What we will discuss today is a public wetland with educational value focused on wetlands and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  There were several CCC camps here.  They pretty much built the infrastructure we enjoy in the Smokies today.  The CCC also built the dam at Laurel Lake.

I’ll be meeting with Bryan Daniels who is President of the Blount Partnership, Ed Mitchell who is our County Mayor and Chad Rochelle, a local businessman. 

I’m looking forward to see what they have to say.  This new plan sounds interesting.

I think you will enjoy fairly good fishing this weekend in the Smokies and the conditions are going to be perfect for camping and hiking.  We have not had a 4th of July holiday, with this kind of nice weather in a while.  Expect crowds in the Park. 

There may be more than the usual amount of holiday visitors due to the hurricane. 

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

Byron Begley
July 3, 2014

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