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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and 73 degrees at 9:10 am.  I lost track of time this morning and drove to work at 8:45 am.  I usually get here at 7:45 am.  Of course, traffic was heavier than usual.

Little River looked great but there is a lot of flow.  Right now the river is flowing at 869 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.32 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 121 cfs.  The water temperature is 62.6 degrees.  Fishing is best in Little River when the gauge is reading 2.5 feet or below.  Most people don’t like fishing the river when it is this high, including me.

I checked some other gauges.  The Little Pigeon River at Sevierville is running high as well.  So are Cataloochee, Oconaluftee and Tellico River.

We did get a few heavy rain showers yesterday but they were brief.  What happened last night in the Smokies was more significant.  We had ¾” of rainfall in our gauge at the shop.  The airport reported .15 inches.  These storms were scattered.

The weather outlook is not good.  We have a 70% chance for heavy rain today.  That chance drops to 50% tomorrow and 40% Wednesday.

If you go fishing in the Smokies today, pick a small stream.  Watch for rising water.  Be aware of changes in water color and flow.  Weighted nymphs will probably work best for you.  Stay near the bank and do some high sticking.  You may find streams that were totally missed by the rain.  All I know is what I saw this morning and what I read on the internet.  What I saw this morning was Little River and she was flowing strong though the water was clear.

You may find some tailwater fishing opportunities in our area today.  Norris Dam is supposed to be off until noon.  TVA plans to turn on one generator at noon and run until 1:00 pm.  Then they will turn them all on.  TVA indicates full generation at Cherokee Dam.  They are saying the same thing about Douglas Dam.  Check with TVA before you go.  Schedules may change.  Don’t take my word for it. 

Paula and I plan to fly fish for bass on Tellico Lake tomorrow and Wednesday.  I don’t know if that will happen due to the weather.  I hate being in a boat during a thunderstorm.  I hate windy days too.  I’ve had a few close calls in my life in boats.  Wind and whitecaps almost sunk me a few times on lakes.  I remember each incident well.

I did swamp my boat once many years ago.  I had too many people on board and we hit the wake from a barge.  There was nothing I could do.  There we were in the river with the boat full of water.  It was impossible to sink the boat.  It was a Boston Whaler.   I didn’t enjoy that event at all.  We bailed her out and went along our merry way. After getting some of the water out, I pulled the drain plug and took off full speed.  The water that was left drained out.

Pulling the plug in a boat while under way takes a little courage and faith.  I’ve only done it once in our current boat.  I didn’t have to do it.  We could have used the bilge pump.  I just wanted to see what it felt like.  The water ran out, I put the plug back in while steering the boat wide open and everything went well. I don’t think I’ll do that again.  It didn’t feel very good.

If you are planning to fish here this week, keep an eye on this report.  We’ll have to see how this week pays out.

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

Byron Begley
July 22, 2013 

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