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 very foggy and 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic is light as it would normally be in August.  This is probably going to be a good fishing day except for some thunderstorms that might pound us this afternoon.  The chance is 60%. 

Little River is flowing at 148 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.80 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 140 cfs.  Hey, we’re pretty close to normal.  That has not happened much this year.  Flows in Little River have been mostly higher than normal all year.  The water temperature is 68.5 degrees.

We are going to have three days of excellent potential conditions.  It should be cloudy.  All fish, including trout love cloudy days.  They don’t feel vulnerable to predators.  Fish develop a sense of confidence when the sun is hidden.  Man, I’m getting excited about this, except for the potential for thunderstorms.

Water levels in the Smokies are great for dry fly fishing.  Bill and Sheila came by yesterday.  That had been over on the North Carolina side of the Park.  Our TU Chapter had a camping outing over there.  Bill said the fishing was good and the water looked awesome.  They drove along Little River on their way home.  He said the River looked perfect.

Fly fishermen are catching trout on dry flies, especially yellow dry flies.  The trout will take about anything that looks like food right now.  A foam beetle would be perfect.  A Green Weenie is a great choice too.  Drop an ant pattern off the beetle and give trout two chances for a tasty terrestrial. 

The water is warm enough to increase the trout’s metabolism to a point where they really need food.  If they don’t see you and your fly is drifting with the current and without drag, you are going to score.

I work every weekend.  Oh, I might take off 3 or 4 weekends per year but for the most part, I’m here Saturday and Sunday.  I take my day off on Wednesday.  I am chomping at the bit because Wednesday is going to be cloudy this week.  Since Paula and I do our fly fishing from a boat these days, overcast skies are of special importance to us. 

First, we don’t have to be on the lake at daybreak.  Second, this time of year, schools of shad follow the light sensitive plankton to the surface on cloudy days.  Gamefish, like trout and smallmouth bass follow the shad.  We should see some surface action and sight fishing this week, I hope.

We’ll be ready with Puglisi Threadfin Shad patterns tied on.  We’ll try to follow the schools of shad to get shots at the feeding fish.  Heck, we might even catch one of those huge carp.  The wind has to be light to see the action.  I just can’t wait until Wednesday.  The chance for thunderstorms is only 30%.  We may do well and we may not catch anything.  We will have fun.  I could sit in the boat all day on the lake on a cloudy day.

The chance for thunderstorms is 60% today and 80% tomorrow.  We may get some rain.  It is going to be cooler this week.  I’m liking that.  The long term weather forecast indicates cool days and night through the 21st of August. 

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

Byron Begley
August 12, 2013

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