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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and 70 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I saw some wild turkeys in our neighbor’s garden a few minutes ago.  There was a large tom in the group, which included some jakes.  I’m seeing more males lately.  Most of the Summer I’ve seen mostly hens at our house.

Little River is still flowing higher than normal.  Remember, normal is low.  So, don’t expect Spring-like flows.  Do expect higher and cooler than normal water in the Smokies right now.

Little River is flowing at 156 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.83 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 109 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 66.3 degrees.

Fishing is good in the Smoky Mountains, especially for August.  The water levels are getting low enough that you should use special care to avoid being seen by the trout.  You might want to use a finer tippet too.  Concentrate on the choppy water in riffles and where riffles enter a pool.

Dry flies are working fine.  Try a Parachute Adams, Light Cahill, Yellow Stimulator, Neversink Caddis or foam beetle for your dry fly.  A Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail should work for your nymph.  If you are in an area heavily populated by flame chubs, and they are driving you crazy by striking at your dry fly, switch to a nymph. 

Unless it is overcast, fishing will be best early or late.

We have a 50% chance for thunderstorms today and a high temperature of 87 degrees.  It is going to get cooler over the next few days but how cool depends on which weather website you believe.  One site indicates our lows for the next three days will be in the low 60’s.  Another site pegs the lows at 65 to 66 degrees at night. 

You might have an opportunity on the Clinch River today.  The TVA website is telling me the generators are off right now.  The site schedule indicates they will start generating at noon with one generator for an hour, then turn it all on at 1:00.  Don’t believe me.  Check it yourself.  Things change, sometimes unexpectedly.

I get here between 7:30 to 7:45 am to write this fishing report.  Hundreds of people read it each day.  Yesterday, 728 people opened this page.  This morning was no different. I got here early. Four men pulled in when I did.  They wanted a fishing license.  I could not accommodate them. The store opens at 9:00 am. I have no idea how to print a fishing license.  I bet I haven’t sold one in 15 years.  I sent them to the Townsend Shopping Center, which is open and sells licenses.  They seemed upset about the fact that I could not sell them a license. 

One of the men said they were going to the Clinch River to fish.  I hope they are going with a guide in a boat.  If not, I hope they know what they are doing.  I wonder if they checked the generation schedule.  These kinds of things worry me. 

I was locking the boat down last night before I went home.  Ronnie, our Police Chief pulled in.  Of course, we talked about fishing.  He fishes the same water I fish.  I’m fishing with a fly rod and Ronnie is casting or trolling for walleye.  He has caught some huge walleye in the Little Tennessee River in Tellico Lake.

Yesterday, a customer sent me an e-mail asking about some floatant called Fly-Agra.  I had heard of it but I’ve never seen it for sale by our suppliers.  Daniel found the company that makes this floatant online. 

I called the owner and ordered a case just to see if it works as well as people say.  Fly-Agra is a liquid and used as a pre-treatment.  Some anglers treat their flies at home giving them the chance to dry.  Other anglers treat their flies on the stream.  They blow away the excess liquid and wait for the fly to dry which some say happens quickly.

I asked Mike, the owner of the company in Montana if Fly-Agra works as well as they say.  He assured me it does.  He said he has to ship it to us using UPS ground.  I guess it is flammable.  I found this product for sale online, and I wonder if the sellers are shipping them to anglers using ground-only transportation.  When we get it in we’ll sell Fly-Agra in the store but I doubt if we will be shipping it to customers.  I’ll have to read the label when it arrives then make that decision. 

Bill told me yesterday that we are well stocked with Frog’s Fanny dry fly floatant.  We buy it directly from the manufacturer who we know personally.  Sometimes the distributors run out and it can’t be found anywhere.  We have actually run out a couple of times over the years.  We keep an extra 100 bottles in back stock just in case there is a temporary shortage.  When our inventory gets down to 100 bottles, we order more.  Since we started doing that, we have not run out.  We never want to run out of Frog’s Fanny. That would be like a lumber company running out of 2 x 4's.

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

Byron Begley
August 23, 2013

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