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 70 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Fog follows the path of Little River through town.  This is starting out as a beautiful day and it will be.  The high temperature today should be 82 degrees and the low tonight is expected to be 59.  Nice!

Little River looks good.  We got a little rain last night, 1/10th of an inch at the shop.  Little River is flowing at 374 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.44 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 112 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:10 am is 64 degrees.

Fishing is good in the Smoky Mountains.  Don’t expect low water like you would in a normal July.  That is not what we have this year.  There have been a handful of days when the water was actually normal this year.  This is not a normal year. 

Anglers seem to be doing best with nymphs lately.  I would use a Green Weenie, Tellico, Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Prince Nymph.  I would also add some weight to get them down.  You will probably do fine with dry flies in some streams.  This seems like a high sticking day to me.  Whatever method you use, you should catch some trout.

TVA is letting up a little on the generation below Norris Dam today.  They say the generators are off right now until 10:00 am.  Then, they will turn on one until 2:00 pm.  After that it is full bore.  Cherokee Dam on the Holston looks even better.  TVA is planning to hold off generation except for a one hour pulse at 1:00 pm.  Other than that, there should be no generation until 7:00 tonight.  Please check the TVA website before you go.  These schedules are subject to change and sometimes they generate without warning so be careful. 

Seeing this generation cut back on the tailwaters is excellent news for anglers. 

The lowland rivers are fishing well.  I’m seeing some great pictures and reading good reports.  Smallmouth bass guide Josh Pfeiffer sent the following report:

“The smallmouth fishing in the rivers around here has been awesome with fish eating a bunch of different stuff from topwater to baitfish to crawdads, it just depends how active the fish are that day. The flows and water clarity have gotten better over the last week which has made a big difference. I think the fish have started to finally get on a pattern now that the weather is somewhat stable.”

Glenn fished for smallmouth bass with Josh at least two days last week and fishing was excellent.  Josh is a great guide.  You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.

Anglers are preparing to go west or they are there.  This time of year, our staff is busy helping people prepare.  Bill just got back from Utah.  Fishing was great but the water was low where he fished. 

I read a fishing report in the Billings Gazette.  Fishing seems to be good in the Yellowstone area according to the article.  The headline read:  “Montana Fishing Report: Catfish are biting on the Yellowstone”.  Catfish?  That sounds like something I would catch.  If you are planning a trip, call one of the local fly shops for up to date trout fishing information.

Hey, it is raining.  No problem.  I just checked the radar.  It is a tiny little cell.  It really is going to be sunny today and nice.

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

Byron Begley
July 28, 2013

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