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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was light on my commute.  Kids are going back to school soon so tourism consisting of young families is tapering off.  We will have a slack time until cool weather comes, which might be sooner than normal.

The rivers and streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are in excellent condition.  We have about double the normal flow and the water temperature is cool.  Bill told me yesterday he took the temperature on Little River above Huskey Branch this week and it was 56 degrees.  That is perfect for trout fishing.

Little River is flowing at 234 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.08 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 116 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:50 am is 64.8 degrees.  A short-lived thunderstorm hit us yesterday morning and dropped ½” of rain.  That all happened in just a few minutes, then it was over.

Fishing is very good in the Smoky Mountains.  We could not ask for better conditions.  The chance for rain over the next few days is low.  This should be an excellent weekend to fish in the Park.

Trout are taking dry flies.  Neversink Caddis, Stimulators, Parachute Adams, Green Weenies, foam beetles and ant patterns.  Other fly patterns will do well.  The trout are hungry and aquatic insect activity is slow as we would expect in the middle of the Summer.  Trout will take about anything that looks like food right now.

It is also going to be very comfortable over the next few days with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s.  Tonight’s low is supposed to be 64 degrees in the valley.

TVA is being pretty generous to fly fishermen right now.  Some tailwaters are offering lower water at times, which is good for wade fishermen.  Check the Clinch today.  I bet you could go fishing there and work with TVA’s schedule.  Please check the TVA website yourself before going.

Lowland rivers are fishing well too.  This has been and hopefully will continue to be a great summer for fishing in our region thanks to plenty of rain early this year and the lack of it right now.

Jack came by yesterday and we talked for a couple of hours.  I’ve fished with Jack many times over the past 20 years, here, in Yellowstone, Florida and other states for all kinds of species.  He fishes hard and all day long. He is an excellent fly fisherman, the best I know. 

I can’t believe he never told me this, but he said he has always wanted to catch a Smoky Mountains Grand Slam on three consecutive casts in the same hole.  That would mean he would pretty much be standing in one spot and catch a brook trout, then a rainbow and a brown on three casts, not necessarily in that order.  That doesn’t seem possible to me.  I guess that could happen though I’ve never heard of it.

Jack did say he did something once in the Smokies that is even more unbelievable when he was younger.  He was fishing with two nymphs, probably up around the Chimneys or in that area.  He caught a rainbow on one nymph and a brookie on the other.  That was two different species on one cast.  OK, I can see that happening.  What Jack did then is quit fishing.  He got into his truck, drove down the mountain and found a brown trout that he knew he could catch.  He searched the rivers and found the right brown in the right spot.  He caught that brown on the first cast.  So, he actually caught a Smoky Mountains Grand Slam on two casts.

The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a fishing trip to the Smokemont Campground this month.  Group Campsite #G1 has been reserved for Friday night (August 9th) and Saturday night (August 10th).  A group dinner is planned for Saturday night.  You should try to attend.  This will be a great outing.  If you are interested, contact Mike McKensey at  Mike is doing an excellent job as the Chapter’s Outings Coordinator.  Everyone will split the cost of the campsites and the cost will be minimal, less than $9.

It is opening time.  Fridays are always busy.  I hope we are today.

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

Byron Begley
August 2, 2013

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