Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Townsend Tennessee is quiet and void of traffic this morning.  The Great Smoky Mountains are clearly visible but clouds hang over the peaks and it looks like it is raining up there.  Some small storms blew through the area last night.  We got 1/3 inches of rain here, and the airport received 1.2 inches. 

Little River looks fine.  The flow is good, much higher than normal but absolutely fine for fishing.  Flow in town is currently 148 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 114 cfs.

Ron and I were sitting here talking after the store closed yesterday.  We heard a tap on the door at the fire escape.  It was Jack.  He had been fishing the East Prong and said he caught about 20 trout.  Then he commented that the fishing was slow.  That is slow for Jack.  Lots of other anglers were on the rivers yesterday.  I’m sure many of them did well.  It is going to be warm today so the tubers will be out in force.  I would find a small stream away from the road.  To find cooler water, drive up highway 441 to the Chimneys area and pick a stream.  Fishing has been good up there.  Early in the mornings the fishing has been much better in the lower elevations. Fly patterns are not as important as presentation.  But I would probably pick a dry, maybe a Yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis, size #14 or #16.  Off of that I would drop a small nymph or Green Weenie.

It is going to cool off and dry air is about to enter our region.  This week we’ll see highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s.  That is going to be much more comfortable to the trout and the angler.  It looks like the heat wave is about over for now.  Fishing will improve in the rivers and lakes.  It’s about time.

Here is an interesting article I found on the KNOXNEWS.COM website.  It describes our plight in Townsend and the orders to move buildings, gas pumps, swimming pools and parking lots from the old right of way that was purchased by the State in the late 40’s and early 50’s.  This is just more important information about how this happened. 

We have some very serious cases of hardship placed on my friends and neighbors. 

Business is slow in town right now.  We are between seasons and tourists have thinned out until the cooler weather returns. 

Get ready for fall fishing.  I’m tying flies every day.  Paula and I are planning a trip to Dale Hollow Lake to fish for smallmouth bass next month.  I have not fished there since I was a kid and I’ve never used a fly rod at Dale Hollow.  They say the fishing is tough but if you are there at the right time and figure out how to catch them, the smallie fishing is excellent.  Like all fishing, success depends on water temperature.  With a fly rod we will be limited by depth.  We are hoping the fish will be in shallow water.  We’ll try.

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

Byron Begley
August 22, 2010

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