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, raining and 69 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I am off today and at home.  I did drive to the river and to our store to check the rain gauge.  Traffic in town was light at 7:30 am.  There parking lot at Steve’s Parkway Grocery was packed.  But I did not seem many non-locals on the roads. 

Little River is very muddy in town.  Flow is currently 240 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 120 cfs.  The water temperature is a cool 67 degrees. 

In the Park you may find the streams are clear of fairly clear.  If you do find fairly clear water, fishing is going to be very good. The conditions are perfect for nymph fishing.  A Green Weenie is a very good choice for a fly today. Other nymphs will work too. Try a Tellico, Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Prince Nymph. This rain is washing all kinds of terrestrial insects including earthworms into the streams. A work colored San Juan might be the mest choice.

Good news!  According to the Park Service Road Report, Little River Road from Metcalf Bottoms to the Townsend “Y” is finally open.  It took a week to clear the trees from the big storm.  Parsons Branch Road and Abrams Creek Campground Road are still closed.  The Abrams Creek Campground Road is located on the lower stretch of Abrams Creek.  They are not talking about the Cades Cove Campground.  It is open. 

The water is too turbid in the lower Little River for smallmouth bass fishing. The water looks like chocolate milk. 

I would normally drag our boat over to a lake today to fish.  The weather is not conducive to that.  We have a 90% chance for showers and possibly a thunderstorm today and tonight.  Tomorrow there is a 60% chance for rain.  And on Saturday there is another 50% chance.  We needed this rain in the worse way.  I’m glad this happened.  I do regret the storm last week. 

I have not looked at the lake reports yet.  I do that every day to update the Lake Level chart at the left and below.  I’m sure we’ll see those levels rising.  And, we will see the water temperature dropping.  Many of the lakes will be muddy in places for a while.

In a few days, the fishing around here will be excellent.

Yesterday I met with our County Mayor, County Budget Director, our County Commissioner and a high level guy from Nashville who works for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  We stood in the light rain on the banks of what was Laurel Lake, which was drained 20 years ago.  We are determined to re-build the lake.  At full pool the lake size was about 50 acres.  The approximately 100 acre tract of land is owned by the County now. 

A newspaper reporter was there as well as a photographer.  They took pictures and notes while the five of us talked and looked at a drawing in the rain.  You will probably see the story tomorrow in the Daily Times.  Our next step is to finish our concept plan and apply for a permit with TDEC.

It is possible that the environmental permit could be issued within 90 days.  TDEC will help us through the process. 

Get ready for some good fishing.  This is the break we have all been waiting for.

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

Byron Begley
July 12, 2012

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