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 69 degrees in Townsend this morning.  There is very little traffic on the roads.  The restaurant parking lots were not filled with cars.  This is going to be another quiet day.  I suspect visitors will be arriving later.  Finally, we are back to normal.  The grass is green and the streams have plenty of water.  The temperatures are cooler.  The roads in the Park, closed last week due to storm damage are open again or at least most of them are. 

Little River looks awesome.  The water is clear and there is good flow, about perfect for most anglers.  Right now the flow is 205 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 139 cfs.  The water temperature is 67 degrees at the “Y”.

Fishing conditions are excellent.  The overcast skies, cooler water and more depth and flow benefit us, the fly fishers.  It rained all day yesterday.  The rain was light, the soaking kind.  We had .55 inches in our gauge.  There may be more of the same today. 

If some freak storm does not hover over us and dump a lot of rain, this weekend should offer very good fishing in the Smoky Mountains.  You can catch trout on dries or nymphs right now.  Dry flies would include yellow stonefly imitations and beetles.  The trout are living through a period when food selection is lacking.  Aquatic insects are not active like they are in the Spring.  So, anything that is presented well and drifted without drag should work.  Nymphs could be about any reasonable pattern.  A Tellico Nymph, Prince, Bead Head Pheasant Tail or a Green Weenie will treat you well.  I would choose the Green Weenie.

Fishing for smallmouth bass in Little River will be much better now that we have more water.  You might encounter some muddy water further down stream from Townsend.  Right now it is clear through town.  The overcast skies that we will have today and tomorrow will help too.

Fishing is good here.  If you are planning a trip you should be very happy with the fishing unless we have some extreme rain event.

I bet the lakes are fishing better too.  The surface water is cooler.  I would love to be out there right now.  Conditions are to my liking. It is cooler and overcast.  Perfect!

Anglers fishing for smallmouth bass on the tailwaters are having a great time.  I heard about a 7 pounder caught on a fly rod a couple of weeks ago.  I can’t wait to see the photo.  

Right now my office is full of t-shirt samples.  I am buying from a new manufacturer and colors don’t look correct on websites.  I’ve been fooled by that before.  So, I had to buy one or two of each color that appeared to be right for our new designs.  When they arrived, I was amazed at the difference between what I saw and what I expected. 

Right now, our T-shirt printer in Nashville is waiting for the second shipment of the Brook Trout Restoration T.  We sold through a big chunk of the first 150 shirts in three weeks. 

After they get that batch and ship them to us, I will order another 150 shirts for the new Smokies Stream T.  I am spacing the shipments so we don’t have any mix-ups, specifically, printing the art on the wrong shirt color.

We are changing the look of the Brown Trout T.  That will be printed after the Streams T.  Then the Townsend T will begin the process of becoming a decorated garment. I have not seen that art yet.  These are all American made shirts and our logo is embroidered on the front. These new shirts are very popular.

I’m still waiting for the article in the Daily Times about our efforts to restore Laurel Lake.  Five of us met on Wednesday at the site.  A reporter and photographer were there.  Maybe it will be published tomorrow.  I will link you to it when the story is published.

If I were you I would be out there fishing this weekend.  I will be working here.  I think, if you are traveling here for the weekend you are probably going to have a great experience. 

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

Byron Begley
July 13, 2012


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