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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 62 degrees in Townsend this morning at 7:50 am.  The high temperature today is supposed to be 79 degrees.  This is nice!  Traffic is light in town.  There isn’t much going on.  That will change soon.  Visitors will be back when the weather cools further.  This has been a very cool August.  The high temperatures this weekend are supposed to be 78 degrees on Saturday and 75 degrees on Sunday.  This is going to be a beautiful weekend to be in the Smokies.  We might get some rain though.

Little River is flowing at 153 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.82 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 139 cfs.  The water temperature is 66 degrees and the water is clear.  Little River is fine.

Fly fishing in the Smokies has been great all month which is unusual.  Higher than normal water flows and lower than normal temperatures are providing great conditions for trout fishing.  The fish are taking dry flies well.  Try a Parachute Adams, Yellow Stimulator or Yellow Neversink Caddis.  Tie on a beetle pattern.  A nymph dropper is a good idea.  I would use a Green Weenie or a Bead Head Pheasant Tail.

The generation schedule at Norris Dam does not look good for wade fishermen today.  Starting right now, TVA indicates they will be generating all day.  Discharge at Cherokee Dam looks almost the same.  We all hope tomorrow will be better.  Check the TVA website tonight then plan your trip tomorrow accordingly.

Dave told me the ponds are fishing well in the evenings, or at least his pond is.  Bluegill and bass are taking poppers.  He and I are planning to go soon.  He bought a jon boat and keeps it right at the pond.  I’ll bring the trolling motor.

I’m looking forward to Wednesday, my day off.  So far, the weather looks favorable.  Paula and I will be on the lake, fly fishing for bass and bluegill like we do every week.  We usually fish for smallmouth bass but I think they are deep.  The largemouth bass are not deep and they are active.  We also found some carp in some weed beds this week.  I love trying to catch those on a fly rod.  I’m not very good at it.

John told me the white bass are not busting shad on Fort Loudoun Lake like they should be.  I told him we saw some on Tellico Lake in the jumps briefly a couple of weeks ago.  Nothing is normal this year. 

I saw some interesting numbers this morning: 

The Knoxville Airport reported exactly 50 inches of rainfall this year so far.  Normal for this period is 32.09 inches.  We are about 18” above normal for the year.

Sometime last night, visitors to our website for the year so far hit the 1 million mark.

USA Today reported that 11.8 million people watched the new season premier of Duck Dynasty Wednesday night.  That is amazing.  3.7 out of 100 people in the US watched that show.  I didn’t because it comes on at 10:00 pm and I’m gone (to bed).  I watch the re-runs and have the first two seasons on DVD.  I’m hoping the 3rd season will be available on DVD soon.

We have a full T-1 line that provides internet service and 7 phone lines to our store.  The internet speed is 1.5 mb up and 1.5 mb down.  The monthly cost is over $500. Our contract is up for renewal. Next month we are switching to Comcast Business Services.  The internet speed is 50 mb up and 50 mb down.  The monthly cost is under $250 with the 7 phone lines.  I hope it works!

Other than the usual possibility for rain, this weekend should be awesome for fishing.  It’s going to be cloudy and cool. 

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

Byron Begley
August 16, 2013

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