Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Last night was a tough one, especially for sleeping.  Thunderstorms arrived in our valley and dropped some heavy rain at our house.  Evidently, Great Smoky Mountains National Park got hammered too.  Lightning and thunder lasted for a long time.  I’m beat.

Little River looks like chocolate milk.  Right now the flow gauge is reading 3.77 feet.  During the night that number was close to 5.50 feet.  The flow discharge is currently 1,200 cubic feet per second.  And, during the night that number was almost 3,000 cfs.  Check the “Stream Info” button on the left and down the page to check the data right now.  You will see that at 8:00 am, the river is running way above the highest level, for this date, in 46 years.  The prior record was 451 cfs in 1999.  So at the peak after midnight, she was running at 6.65 times the prior record for July 25th.

This is not a flood.  The water is not close to homes.  It is just high.  We only got 1.25” of rain at the shop.  There had to be much more in the mountains.  The airport rain information won’t be updated until 9:00 am.  So we won’t know until then what happened 25 minutes away.  My guess is this was a very isolated storm.  We’ve had about 5” of rain in a week here at the shop.

I’m checking the other rivers near here.  Oconaluftee is high but not close to a record.  The flow at Birdtown, N.C. is 670 cfs.  Cataloochee looks fine.  The water is up a little.  The Park Service fisheries team is supposed to be working there this week.  I can’t get a reading on the Little Pigeon.  Funding for that site was lost.  The Davidson River is running below median flow for this date.  The Tellico River at Tellico Plains, TN is running below median flow right now.  So, it looks like this storm was small and had the most affect on the Little River drainage.

Here is the potential problem.  We have a 70% chance for heavy rain after noon today.  We’ll have to wait this out and see what happens.  Fishing will be slow in Little River today and dangerous to wade.  You might find some small tributaries to fish.  Hopefully the tubers won’t think this is going to be a fun day.  Someone could lose their life again.  A person who was tubing in Little River drowned about two weeks ago.  The man could not swim and slipped off his tube.

Have you wanted to buy a Sage Z-Axis but hated to pay $700 for one.  I understand.  Well, here is you chance to get a bargain.  We have a few on sale at 28% or more off.  Look at the list below.  If you want one, come by or give us a call.  We’ll ship it to you if you live out of town.  These rods are new and warranted by the manufacturer just like any other Sage rod.  We have a few other brand rods on sale too.  I don’t think these will last long.  I think the Z-Axis is one of the best rods I have ever had the opportunity to cast.  There are some Winston and Orvis rods that are just as nice but not at this price.

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

Byron Begley
July 25, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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