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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 71 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Light rain is falling.  It is early and dark outside.  I saw very few vehicles on the roads on my way to work.  This is going to be a quiet day in our town.

Little River is perfect compared to most days in August.  Flow is good at 128 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 107 cfs.  I stared at the river from the swinging bridge.  The water looked to be a little stained.  It was hard to tell for sure.  Standing over the middle of the river I could not see rocks straight down.  I’m going to say it is slightly stained.  The water temperature was 71.3 degrees at 7:35 am.  Sometime last night the watershed did get some rain.  The water level ticked up early this morning.  It has peaked for now.

Fishing should be awesome today.  We should get some more rain and the skies will be overcast.  The high temperature today should be around 85 degrees.  We’ll have warm days until Thursday.  After that, we are going to finally cool off if they don’t change the forecast.  The cooler air was predicted to arrive today.  That didn’t happen.

I would call this a nymphing day in the Smokies.  I would also call this a “big fish” day mainly because of the cloud cover and higher water.  It your stream in the Park is slightly stained, all the better.  I know I would tie on a Green Weenie or a rubber legged nymph of some sort.  I would add some weight and dredge the runs.  The brown trout will most likely come out from their usual daytime hiding places and move around.  You should be out there today.

I heard that the lower Little Pigeon was muddy yesterday.  It is probably muddy today. That’s a shame if I’m right.  It would also be a good day to tangle with a big smallmouth bass that the LP is know for.  It’s also hard for me to say what the lower Little River looks like.  I wish we had web cams on these streams.  We probably will some day.  On Sunday, Walland had torrential rainfall.  Daniel said Rocky Branch looked like a lake.  I’m guessing the lower Little River is stained too. 

Jack and Ronnie would be fishing today if it were not for me.  Sorry guys.  We chose today to remodel a portion of the store.  They will be here shortly.  They may drop by and tell me they will be here tomorrow instead, then head to the Park to fish. 

We moved everything out of that area yesterday.  The sawing will be done outside under the fire escape.  They will be hanging slatwall, moving a partition and painting.  I am sanding shelves from 1 x 12 after work out on the fire escape.  Then I’ll stain and coat them with polyurethane in the classroom.  This is all part of our plan for a new t-shirt and cap department.

Ronnie came by at closing time yesterday.  I have not seen Ronnie in years.  He has a home on the Madison River between West Yellowstone and Ennis Montana.  So, what’s he doing here?  Maybe he sold his property out there.  He didn’t say.

Ronnie bought the L & N Railroad train station in Greenback, Tennessee.  He also bought some other old buildings in the small town.  He plans to restore the buildings.  What a cool project.  L & N was known for their structures.  I bet those timbers are massive.

Greenback on the Little Tennessee River became a boom-town when the railroad began offering service from Knoxville. In 1859 a resort was built.  The town featured a grist mill and many other businesses.  Vessels brought good up and down the Tennessee and Little Tennessee rivers.  Commerce was alive and well in Greenback.

You can read about Greenback and Morganton by CLICKING HERE and visiting the Wikipedia website.  You can see the old train depot.

My other friend Ronnie who will be here working with Jack lives in Greenback. 

We had a railroad in our town at one time.  Now we have a nice railroad museum.  The railroad here was owned by Colonel Townsend and was used to transport people and logs to and from what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Many of the larger trails you see in the park were once railroad beds.  Things certainly have changed.

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

Byron Begley
August 7, 2012

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