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 65 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We got 1/10th of an inch of rain last night.  The Knoxville Airport reported ½ inch.  We are expecting some showers today with a high temperature of 77 degrees.  Perfect fishing weather!

Little River is flowing at 145 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.79 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 115 cfs. The water temperature at 7:40 am is 65 degrees.  The water is clear.

Fishing has been and will continue to be good in the Smoky Mountains.  On days when we have cloud cover like we do today, the fishing is excellent.  Dry flies are working well.  Choose something yellow, a Stimulator, Neversink Caddis or Yellow Parachute Adams.  A black beetle will work too.  Even a regular Parachute Adams is working.  For nymphs, I would choose a Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  You will probably be happy with the fishing today.

It won’t be long before Fall fishing is upon us.  Early Fall fly fishing can be tough when the water is low.  That does not seem to be a problem this year.  The water levels have been either very high or above normal all year.  If that continues, this will be a stellar fly fishing Fall season. When the water temperatures drop into the high 50’s the fishing gets even better in the lower elevations.

In October the trees will show us their color display.  The brown trout will begin their pre-spawn behavior.  They will be out where you can see them during the day.  The brook trout will change colors for spawning.  Brookies are even more beautiful in the Fall season. 

I’m not really looking forward to Fall because this Summer has been so perfect for fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains.  It has also been a great Summer to just be living here.  I don’t remember a Summer like this one.  This is August 18th and the high temperature will be in the 70’s.  How could you ask for better conditions?  

You might be able to squeeze in some fishing on the Clinch today.  Look at the TVA schedule and see if it works for you.  It does not look great to me.  The Holston River below Cherokee Dam does not hold much hope for wade fishermen today.  Check with TVA and look at some other options.

Luke is in town.  He dropped by to see me yesterday.  What a great guy.  Luke grew up in Townsend, right in town.  He used to ride his bicycle to the shop in the early days.  Now he is an engineer working for the largest construction company in the world.  He and his family are moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico so he can work on a project there.  They have been living in Washington, DC where he was working on the new subway system.  He has been in New Mexico working and waiting for his wife and kids to join him, which will happen now.   

He is enjoying the fly fishing around Los Alamos though he has not fished the San Juan River which is about a two hour drive from there.  He plans to do that soon.  He said he loves the place.  It is always great to see Luke.

A buddy of mine from Middle Tennessee came by yesterday. We’ve been friends for at least 30 years.  He loves fly fishing. He also loves cane fly rods, especially the old ones made by Leonard and Payne.  He is a collector but he uses these great vintage fly rods every chance he gets.  I don’t see him often. I hate that.

Mike Bryant also came by yesterday and we finished designing the new Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited brochure.  We loaded up the finished files to a FTP website at Hart Graphics who is doing the printing.  We are going to have 3,000 printed.  They will look great and hopefully lure in more new members.  Mike is the President of our Chapter.

Well, today I’ll do the payroll and pay the bills.  I do that every Sunday.  The sales tax return is due on the 20th so I may get that done too.  Sunday is bookkeeping day for me.  That is how I will spend the day.

I would rather be fishing.  I’m looking out at the Smoky Mountains right now.  Most of the big mountains are obscured by fog.  This will be an excellent day to go fishing.

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

Byron Begley
August 18, 2013

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