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 63 degrees in Townsend this morning.  What a beautiful weekend this is going to be.  The high will be around 80 degrees today.  Tonight the temperature will drop into the 40’s.  High tomorrow will be near 70.  Excellent!

This must be opening day for the Fall turkey season.  When I pulled out of our drive there were a dozen or so birds walking into the woods in front of my truck.  Then, I saw a turkey decoy in our neighbor’s orchard.  I’m sure Will or one of his buddies was dressed in camo and stationed nearby.

Little River looks super.  Paula and I have been gone for a week so I missed seeing the high water but today the flow is normal.  Flow is 83 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 79 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am was 62.5 degrees.  Normal water flows will bring the anglers back to the Smokies.

Fishing should be very good.  The conditions are very good.  I haven’t been here so I don’t know for sure but I suspect you will do well with dry flies.  Fish the riffles and runs with a Yellow Stimulator, Yellow Neversink Caddis, Olive Elk Hair Caddis or Parachute Adams in #14 or #16.  I would use the standard nymphs, Tellico, Copper John, Prince or Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  All of them should work.

We are going to have clear skies for the next few days. For that reason you should either fish the shady areas or the small streams that are mostly shaded during the day.  Fishing early and late is another good idea.  

The leaves are turning.  I can see a huge difference since we left a week ago.  Brown trout and brook trout will be in the pre-spawn mode soon if not already.  Both species are showing their fall spawn colors.  As the water temperature drops and the days become shorter these trout will become more active and aggressive.

Paula and I stayed at a resort on Dale Hollow Lake for a week.  We didn’t fish much last weekend.  We got there on Saturday and launched the boat Sunday.  Boat traffic was heavy.  We didn’t stay on the lake long that day.  On Monday, the rain came.  We got around 5”.  Tuesday was windy but we did fish part of the day.  Wednesday and Thursday were beautiful but it was still somewhat windy.

We could not find the smallmouth bass.  Anglers who fished the lake with conventional tackle reported catching bass 30 to 40 feet deep.  I don’t know why but I believe it.

The bluegill fishing was great.  The smaller fish were taking poppers and we used Rubber Legged Dragons to fish deeper for the larger bluegill.  The rain did not stain the lake at all.  I was surprised. 

It is always good to be home.  We had a great vacation.  Dale Hollow is a beautiful lake. 

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

Byron Begley
September 22, 2012


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