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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:35 am, the temperature is 73.4 degrees.
It will be hot today, with a high temperature between 90 and 93 degrees. There is a 40% chance for scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Tomorrow, we will see cooler temperatures and a much greater chance for rain. High temperatures will be in the mid to high 80’s through Sunday. Rain chances vary between 50% and 70% each day.
A small storm dumped rain at our house again yesterday evening, and also affected the Little River watershed in the Park.
This morning, at 5:35 am, Little River is flowing above normal at 144 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.81 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 125 cfs. The water temperature is a warm 73.4 degrees at the low elevation gauge near Townsend, in the Park.
The weather forecast is good news for fishermen who intend to fish in the Smoky Mountains over the next few days, that is, unless we get too much rain. There are no big storms expected, as far as I can tell. The ones we get will likely be scattered. This could cause temporary rises and discoloration of the water in some streams. The streams will probably recede and clear quickly. That is the weather pattern we are in, we are all happy to see them here in the afternoons.
Due to the scattered nature of these storms, you could encounter good flows in some streams, and low flows in others.
Today, you should drive or hike to higher elevations to fish where the water is cooler. There you will find higher water than we have had, in some streams, and trout eager to take your dry fly. I would use a Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern or a black beetle imitation. Trailing a Green Weenie behind the dry fly is a good idea.
Tailwater fishing has been good for trout and smallmouth bass. You need to catch the flows right. Check the TVA website and their generation schedules.
If you want to fish a lake, I would go early. Be at the ramp at daybreak. I would use poppers or black weighted Wooly Buggers for bass. Try fishing Dragons, retrieved slow and deep for big bluegill. The small bluegill will probably “wear you out” trying to eat your poppers. When the sun rises, fish the shaded banks.
It appears we will have partly cloudy days this week. If you are lucky enough to pick one of those times, you will enjoy longer periods of better fishing. Of course, fishing late is a good idea too. If the sun is out and high in the sky, I would go home, or find a shaded cove, drop anchor, and take a nap.
I read an article in the Daily Times this morning on the topic of the “missing link” of the Foothills Parkway. Apparently, the section connecting Highway 321 between Townsend and Maryville, at Walland, to Wears Vally Road, near Pigeon Forge, will be completed and opened in early 2018. TDOT received a $10 million grant to finish the highway. I know, we’ve heard this before. We were told it would be opened in 2016 and way before that. You can read the article by CLICKING HERE.
This stretch of the Foothills Parkway offers spectacular views of our valley, Tuckaleechee Cove, as well as those of Townsend. I’ve been up there, escorted by Park Service personnel because the road is closed during construction. It is beautiful up there.
Some speculate, this road will be beneficial to Townsend’s tourism based economy. This section of the Foothills Parkway will be an attraction, drawing people to stay in Townsend and Walland, to drive along this beautiful road. That is probably true.
On the other hand, some think people will use this road to bypass Townsend, and drive to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, then use the same route to go home. Some believe this will be detrimental to the tourism business in Townsend. That may also be true.
I don’t know. Surely someone is looking at this and trying to figure out a way to make this a positive for Townsend’s tourism business. That takes planning, working with TDOT to build proper signage, and portraying the Walland entrance as an entrance to Townsend as well.
I look at it as a new, nice, asset to our community. I’m sure we will drive on this road at times, during the off season, and enjoy the views of Tuckaleechee Cove. I’m looking forward to completion and opening of this section of the Foothills Parkway.
I don’t think there is any doubt, this road will reduce the thru-traffic in Townsend. Whether that is good or bad remains to be seen. I suppose it depends on how you look at it. It probably depends on what kind of business you are in. I hope it does not hurt anyone. I hope it helps everyone.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.