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 (or partly sunny) and 71 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Lots of people are eating breakfast at the restaurants.  The cars I saw in the parking lots were a remarkable contrast from the norm on a Monday morning.  Tourism business was good this weekend judging from the traffic I saw.  We were busy too.  And, we had a lot of people in here for the first time, some were fly anglers and some were not.  Tourists like to come in here and see what we are all about.  I guess you could call us a free attraction that is air-conditioned.

The humidity is back as so is the chance for more rain.  At the airport, normal rainfall for July through yesterday is 3.70 inches.  Last year through yesterday, July rainfall was 2.31 inches.  This year so far in July we have had 5.77 inches of rain.  That is a significant disparity. 

It shows.  Little River looked great this morning.  The water seemed to be slightly off color but it was early and the river was dark.  I could see a lot of rocks that were not visible yesterday.  The river looked to be perfect for fishing.

Flow is 148 cubic feet per second (cfs) right now.  Median flow for this date is 128 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am was 69.75 degrees at the “Y”. 

Fishing is good.  That brown trout I talked about yesterday, the 15” to 16” brown?  Make that 18” to 20”.  Matt sent me the photo.  He and Brent measured the fish on his net, the taped the net when he got home.  That was a nice trout.

Fishing will be better early and late unless we have cloud cover.  I would head to the higher elevations, maybe above Elkmont or the West Prong of the Little Pigeon toward Newfound Gap.  And I would probably be most likely to be found on the Middle Prong of the Little River, my favorite stream.  I would be way up on the gravel road and maybe on Thunderhead Prong.

Switch between dry flies and nymphs if one or the other is not working.

You smallmouth bass anglers should be out on the lowland rivers.  The fishing has improved by leaps and bounds.  The water is higher.  The bass have more options and so do you.  They could be in the riffles, eddies or along the bank under overhanging trees.  The water could be stained in the lower reaches of your favorite river.  Little River is perfect in town but I am not going to speculate on the conditions down stream.  I will see that first hand tomorrow.  Mike Bryant and I are going to Maryville to meet with Bryan Daniels.

Bryan is CEO of the Blount Partnership, which includes the Industrial Development Board, the Chamber and the Tourism Authority.  We will be talking to him about Troutfest.

On Wednesday I am meeting with Ed Mitchell our County Mayor, Gordon Wright our County Commissioner and others concerning re-building Laurel Lake.  Steve Fritts will be there.  He is with Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon an architect and engineering firm that is working on this project.  Brent Golden from Hart Graphics will be there.  We are meeting at Ed’s office.  The five of us hope to finalize the concept plan.  Then we can move to the printing and digital presentation/web phase to prepare for public meetings.

This will be an interesting week for me.  I’ve been looking forward to this week.

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

Byron Begley
July 23, 2012 

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