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

Welcome to the Fishing Report form the Great Smoky Mountians.  It is foggy and 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The ground is wet due to the rain we were lucky to get yesterday.  Traffic is very light this morning.  It’s been that way all week.  This is the week after a holiday.  Townsend is quiet before and after a holiday. 

Little River looked very good this morning despite the low flows.  There is more water than we’ve seen lately though.  Flow is currently 72 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.41 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 125 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:00 am is 69.7 degrees.

You will find cooler water in the higher elevations and that is where you should go fishing.  My choice would be to fish above the Elkmont Campground.  Or, make your way up Thunderhead Prong.  Smaller shaded streams would be my choice.  You could drive up Newfound Gap Road and fish the streams up there.

Small dry flies, beetle, ant patterns and Green Weenies are what I would use.  I’ve not heard any great fishing reports lately but anglers are catching trout in the mountains.  I think the fishing is better than usual when fishing low summer water like we have now. More rain would certainly help.  We got 1/3” yesterday.  There is a 30% chance for more rain today.

I’ve talked to several fishermen who are having a good year on the Hiwassee.  Reports indicate a lot of small rainbows have been caught with some larger fish thrown in.  Ronnie fished there last week and caught some really nice trout.  He’s a good fisherman and knows that river well.  The Hiwassee is one of the most beautiful rivers in our area. 

Paula and I are usually fly fishing on the lakes once a week this time of year.  Not this year.  We are remodeling our house.  I’ve been taking one day off each week and working with Jack who is my buddy and our general contractor.  He was there yesterday briefly and I was off. 

We talked to the roofing company guy and then I had the rest of the day to relax, so that’s what I did.  We decided the house needs a new roof.  We’re going with metal.  It should last until I’m 113 years old according to the roofing company. 

I doubt if we’ll be back on the lakes until September.  I am planning a two day float trip on the Cumberland River in August.

I did walk down to the barn yesterday and started the boat’s motor.  It’s running fine and ready to go when we are. 

Good Advice #1:  Start your motor once a week. 

Better Advice:  Hook a water hose to the cooling system intake when performing Good Advice #1. 

Good advice #2:  Empty your boat fuel into your truck if some of it is a month old and replenish the boat tank with fresh fuel.  I use three Mercury fuel additives and 10% ethanol fuel.  The truck doesn’t mind. 

Better Advice #2:  Don’t pour fuel in your truck that has been mixed with oil for your 2-stroke motor. Ours is a 4-stroke.

How do you get rid of old fuel?  No, don’t pour it on the ground.  I have been faced with that question a few times.  Here’s what I do.  I pour the old fuel in a large bushel-sized plastic container known as a “muck basket” and let it evaporate under the shed on our barn.

How do you get rid of old motor oil?  The evaporation trick won’t work.  When I change the oil and lower unit in the boat motor, I save it in a 1-gallon water bottle.  I have two of them.  When they are full, I take it to an auto parts store in Maryville.  They have a recycling container that holds probably 50 to 100 gallons of oil.  It’s free.  The oil gets recycled.

What if you have water in your fuel?  Again, don’t pour it out on the ground.  You are polluting the earth.  That happened to me a couple of years ago.  David Ezell and I went fishing one morning just after I had filled the tank with fresh 100% non-ethanol gasoline.  Well, it had water in it.  My tank was dry when I bought the gas.  The motor quit 2 miles from the ramp.  We got back using the trolling motor and fished part of the time.

I poured the 5 gallon tank of gas and water in a clear glass wine carboy.  I used to make wine.  After settling for 24 hours I checked and sure enough, the water and gas separated.  I siphoned off the gas and put it in my truck.  Then, the water was poured in that big plastic container and after a few days, it was gone.

I’ve got to tell you how much I love my old truck.  I bought it new in 2001.  It is a Chevy Suburban.  It has had a tough life.  First, Jack and I decided to ride out a tropical storm in Florida because we had never done it before.  We woke up the next morning and learned first hand what a storm surge is.  The water was up to the door sills on the truck.  We drove through waves to get off the peninsula. 

Additionally, I pour fuel in the truck that I’m afraid to run in the boat.  We live on a long gravel road.  That truck gets the crap beat out of it every day, twice.  The odometer indicates it has been through 140,000 tough miles.

The leather seat is split on my side.  Lucky for me, the interior color is duct tape gray.  I can fix it easily when I get time.  I will probably never sell that truck, especially to a friend.  It’s not worth anything anyway.  That truck has been good to me.  I don’t drive it on long trips.  It just stays around here averaging 4 to 5 thousand miles per year. 

I can tell a lot of folks are visiting our website.  Yesterday we had 3,934 visitors.  Of those, exactly 750 read this fishing report.  I really appreciate you visiting here.  I remember when I was excited that 100 people read the fishing report.  To be honest with you, I never expected this.  So, I keep on writing and when I’m off, Daniel does a great job filling in.

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

Byron Begley
July 10, 2014

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