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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 70 degrees this morning.  Our night time lows have been way above normal over the last few days.  Daytime highs are above normal too.  The heat will remain for a few days.  It probably won’t be dry though.  Rain is expected in our region in the form of scattered thunderstorms.

Little River seems to be at a stable flow, changing very little from day to day.  The USGS flow chart looks like a straight line.  Right now the flow is 41 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 89 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:00 am was 71.5 degrees.

Fishing in the Smokies is OK.  It is certainly not excellent.  You can catch trout and some anglers are having very good days, especially on the small streams.  Those targeting brook trout are doing well.  Dry flies like foam beetles, Yellow Stimulators, Neversink Caddis and other patterns will work.  Most important is, stay hidden and get a good drift. 

Nymphs will work too.  Get them deep in the deeper runs.

If we get this rain, fishing will be very good.  The trout will scatter and there will be more spots where they can hide.  A little color in the water would be a good thing.  Extremely clear and low water makes fishing tougher.  Terrestrial insects will wash into the streams.  You might do well with a worm colored San Juan.  Green Weenies make a great pattern in tinted water. 

It is peaceful in Townsend, that is for sure.  Our business has been pretty good.  Customers are getting ready for their fall fishing trips.  Mail order is strong.  I’m doing the same thing.  I’m getting ready.  I’ve been on the Bass Pro website looking at boat seats.

Visitation is low right now in town.  This weekend will be busy of course.  I just hope visiting anglers find higher water.  They will be happier and I will be happier. 

I’ll be working on the t-shirt department today.  The new Stream T’s are ready.  I’ll pick them up this morning.  They should be for sale tomorrow. 

Fly tying season is coming and we are preparing for that.  I ordered materials from Wapsi and hooks from Umpqua during the past two days.  Whiting Farms and Hareline will be ordered this weekend.

It is also time to start ordering gear for next year.  If I can get the pre-season order for Simms submitted by September 5th, we’ll get free shipping next year.  Of course I’ll get that order in.  Sales reps are visiting and showing us the new tackle.  So far, I’m impressed. 

I can finally say that Chota has re-designed many of their wading boots.  I saw prototypes this Spring and photographed them for Chota.  We even shot a short video this Summer.  Mark, the Sales Manager and I will edit that tomorrow.  The new boots are awesome.  But, I had to keep the secret until they were introduced at the Fly Fishing dealer show in Reno.  You are going to like these. 

Bill and Sheila are back from their fishing trip to Colorado.  I took a short break from writing this report.  Bill has been telling me about the trip.  They fished all around Durango and on the San Juan River.  Fishing was excellent.  They took the narrow gauge train ride from Durango to Silverton and back.  Bill said he saw some rainbows in the San Juan that were over 30” long.  Dang!  I’m sure I’ll hear more later.

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

Byron Begley
August 30, 2012

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