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 73 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic is very light as expected in August.  There are quite a few anglers in town, I did notice that. 

The chance for rain ranges between 40% and 60% over the next 3 days.  I looked at the radar and I don’t see anything headed our way.  Maybe some scattered thunderstorms will for later.  For now, everything looks good.

A shot or two of new water in the streams would be good though they are still flowing above normal for August.  Right now, Little River is flowing at 148 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.80 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 134 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am is 69 degrees.

Fishing is still good, better than usual during the month of August.  Trout are taking dry flies.  Patterns are not as important right now.  Stealth and presentation are.  The water is somewhat low.  The fish are spooky.  The cloud cover is a big advantage for anglers.  I would choose a small stream to fish today.  I think the big rivers may have some swimmers and tubers in the best spots.  You can walk a short distance and get away from all of that.  Try a black foam beetle with a Green Weenie dropper.  Any yellow dry fly will work and don’t rule out the Parachute Adams as a possibility.  You should do well today.

We have some cool temperatures coming next week with highs in the 70’s.  Of course, that could change.

It looks like TVA will be generating at Norris Dam but early in the day it may be only one generator.  Right now they plan to crank it up full blast at 2:00 pm.  The schedule at Cherokee Dam looks better with some pulsing during the day.  That may be a great opportunity for you.  Things look fair at Douglas Dam today until 2:00 pm.  They will be generating off and on with one unit for a hour a couple of times until then.  Check the TVA website and make a fishing determination yourself before you go.

We are moving the fly rod department downstairs and it is ready to happen.  Daniel and Bill H installed new slatwall on the walls this week.  I spent 7 hours painting the slatwall yesterday.  Everything looks good.

It was fun, blending in with the shop staff and customers yesterday as the “shop painter”. It was kind of like being an outsider.  I looked the part wearing old clothes, an old hat and being partially covered in paint most of the day.

I talked to a lot of customers but those who did not know me, didn’t expect any fishing advice from someone painting walls.  At one point I was sweeping the floor.  I told one customer I was the shop custodian.  I made some comment about Walmart and how everyone starts at the bottom.  He said I might get promoted to greeter someday.  I told him I hoped so. 

I hope some people left the store and said, “What a friendly place.  Even the painter is friendly”. 

Today I will be photographing the new Chota camo waders and Hippies.  This may take a couple of days.  The images will appear on their website, all of their dealers websites and of course on ours.  I have had the samples for about a week but could not fit in a day or two of work until now.

The camo pattern is “digital” and it includes the Chota “Loon” logo in the pattern if you look closely.  These things are going to sell!  They are perfect for fishing small mountain streams where stealth is of the utmost importance.  They will be great for duck hunters too. 

They are for sale now on our website though the photos are going to change in a day or so.  We don’t have them in stock yet but I think they will be in the store next week.  I can’t wait. 

There is a lot of cool stuff happening at LRO right now.

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

Byron Begley
August 10, 2013

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