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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is clear and 62 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It feels great outside.  We are still leaving the windows open at our house and enjoying the cool mountain air, day and night.  This is a great time to be in the Smoky Mountains.

Rain has not fallen since last Thursday.  So, the river levels in the Park are receding.  Little River is currently flowing at 110 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.66 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is lower at 71 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:25 am is 65 degrees.

Thought the streams are flowing higher than normal, they are still on the low side.  Use your low water tactics as you would normally this time of year.  Dress drab, stay low, get a good drift and fish the choppy water.  We are still recommending dry flies, preferably a Yellow Neversink or Stimulator.  A black foam beetle will also work well for a dry fly.  If you want to fish with nymphs or use one as a dropper, try a Green Weenie, Barbie Bug or small bead head fly, maybe a Pheasant Tail.  Fishing in the Smokies is good.

We are going to have some cloud cover for the next few days, off and on.  Nothing beats clouds for improving the fly fishing during the day.  I love cloudy days.  It is going to be fairly cool too.  The weekend is predicted to have high temperatures in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s.  As usual, that is subject to change.  There is a chance for rain every day with a higher chance this weekend.  We’re going to have some great fishing weather.

I’m off tomorrow and I can’t decide if we should go fishing or stay home and tie flies.  I’m tempted to stay home.  We now have the materials and hardware to tie the “Game Changer” fly and I would like to do that tomorrow.  Next week we could take them to Tellico Lake and try them out on stripers, trout and smallmouth bass.

The smallmouth bass fishing in the tailwaters has been excellent.  The Holston River has been especially good.

Tim came in yesterday.  He and his wife have been fishing frequently this year with Mike Bone.  They have been floating the Holston River below Cherokee Dam fishing for trout.  Tim said the trout are fat and healthy and they’ve had 50 fish days.  High water kept anglers off the river early this year. 

Check out Mike’s website by CLICKING HERE.  He is an excellent guide.  I’ve known Mike for 20 years.  Most of that time, he has been guiding on the local tailwaters for trout and smallmouth bass.  I don’t think anyone has been on these rivers guiding for that long and still doing it.  And, he’s not very old.  He started young.

Mike’s daughter Alex is a student at Maryville College and she works here part-time.  Alex does a great job.  She has been fly fishing with her Dad since she could hold a fly rod.  Right now she is working Friday afternoon and Saturdays in the shop.

We have just about finished our new fly rod department.  Daniel and I were adding the final graphics yesterday.  The size of the new rod department is 300 square feet.  Now, we will start stocking more fly rods.  Robert from Orvis will be here today to review our plan.  We will be carrying more Orvis rods than we used to.  He will leave today with an order.  We should have the new rods in a week or so.

The Orvis Helios 2 is the lightest fly rod we stock.  Not far behind is the Sage One and the Temple Fork BVK.  All three are very light.  New materials and bonding agents have allowed fly rod manufacturers to produce thinner rods that weigh less, but still have the stiffness to cast long distances.  The new materials also increase the strength, so a thinner rod won’t break under pressure.  These light rods, though only fractions of an ounce to an ounce lighter than their predecessors, feel a lot lighter.  They are more fun to fish with.  They are very accurate too. 

We’ll see all the new Orvis gear today.  We have been a dealer since 1998, for 15 years.  I always look forward to seeing Robert.  If you ever attended Troutfest, you probably met him.

I got here very early to get this report uploaded so I can meet Robert at opening time.  So, it’s time for me to go to work.

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

Byron Begley
September 17, 2013

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