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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 63 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It is going to be cooler than this on Sunday.  We are going to have cool temperatures all weekend. 

Little River’s water level is almost down to our favorite level.  Right now, flow is 344 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.37 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 137 cfs.  The water temperature is 63.2 degrees. 

What we have now and hopefully through the weekend will be awesome fishing conditions in the Smokies.  For sure, fishing is going to be good today.  There is no chance for rain.  If we don’t get rain this weekend the fishing will only get better.

Be ready with light colored dry flies.  Yellow Stimulator, Yellow Neversink Caddis, Yellow Parachute Adams, Light Cahill and a host of yellow sally stoneflies will work.  For nymphs, I would use a Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  You may have your favorite patterns.  Try them.  Don’t forget terrestrials like beetles and ants.

You could be fishing the Clinch River this morning below Norris Dam.  TVA says the water is off until 10:00 am.  Then after a 1 hour pulse of one generator, they will begin generating full blast until tonight.  TVA will be generating at Cherokee Dam starting at 9:00 am today.  Check the TVA website yourself before you go.

Lowland rivers are in good shape.  The water is unusually high and that’s good.  Smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegill fishing will be better than what we usually see in July.  We can thank the rain for that.

I have been talking to some fly fishermen who visit our area lakes often.  From what I can tell, except for the willow fly hatch which may be over around here, fishing on the lakes has been slow.  I can attest to that.  I did see some fish busting schools of shad this week.  I would get out there and cruise in the evenings.  You might get into some of that action.  Depending on where you are, the gamefish could be trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass or white bass.  This is just a hunch on my part.  I don’t know for sure it is happening yet.  This weather has mixed us all up, including the fish.

There is an interesting story in the Daily Times today.  You can read it by CLICKING HERE.  At issue is the designation of Little River as a navigable waterway in the legal sense. Someone who was tubing and tried to portage a dam was ticketed for trespassing and fined by the City.  The case was taken to a higher court.  The judgment in that court found that in fact, Little River is navigable in the legal sense and therefore, someone can portage a dam. 

This case is significant to anglers in Tennessee, not just here in Townsend.  The question is, who really owns the river bottom? 

Daniel and I are meeting with Raz Reid this morning.  He works as a sales representative for Sage, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Redington, Rio, Fishpond and other companies.  He is going to show us the new 2014 fly fishing gear.

I have heard about some new flies from Umpqua that look and act like a live minnow in the water.  I can’t wait to see that.  I might be able to get a photo for you.

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

Byron Begley
July 26, 2013

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