Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
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Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. It is overcast and 64 degrees in Townsend this morning. We got a little rain last night but nothing like we expected. Our gauge had .40” of rain in it, the same amount of rain that fell day before yesterday.
I drove by the river. It’s up a little but the water is clear. Flow at 8:10 am is 269 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.03 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 222 cfs. The water temperature is 64 degrees.
Little River is still rising. I don’t know what’s coming down from the mountains at this point. We’ll find out soon. There is a chance for more rain this morning. I don’t see significant rain headed our way on the radar. I believe the heavy rain missed us completely. I don’t think it’s going to happen. The heavy rain is clobbering the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia right now. The bad stuff is to our East.
That being the case, if it is true, and baring any high water that has not reached us, this might be an excellent fishing day in the Smokies. It is overcast and that is a favorable condition. It is cool, and it is going to get cooler. The weekend is going to be nice, with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. The water level right now is about perfect in Little River. That is not to say there could be high or off color water somewhere in the Smokies. I don’t know. Personally, I would go fishing today and I think I would do very well.
Dry flies are working well. Try a Light Cahill or any Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern. Nymphs are producing. Try a Weenie, either green or pink.
Do be careful and watch for rising water. It could be raining heavily upstream and you may not know it.
UPDATE 9:54 AM - ANGLERS ARE REPORTING VERY HIGH WATER ON THE WEST PRONG OF THE LITTLE PIGEON RIVER. ADDITIONALLY, WATER IS STAINED AND FAIRLY HIGH ON THE EAST PRONG OF LITTLE RIVER NEAR ELKMONT. SOME AREAS IN GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK DID GET SOME HEAVY RAIN LAST NIGHT.
UPDATE 10:33 AM - WE ARE GETTING MORE REPORTS OF HIGH AND STAINED WATER IN THE EAST PRONG OF LITTLE RIVER. THE WATER IS STILL RISING IN TOWN.
UPDATE 11:41 AM - LITTLE RIVER IS RISING FAST IN TOWN AND IT IS PROBABLY STAINED. WE ARE ONLY GETTING LIGHT RAIN HERE. OTHER PRONGS OF THE LITTLE RIVER MAY BE FISHABLE. IF YOU GO, LOOK AT THE MIDDLE AND WEST PRONGS. ANTHONY CREEK MAY BE FISHABLE.
Fishing is excellent all over East Tennessee right now. Anglers are having a great Spring with good weather. We haven’t had it this good in a while. I’m working a lot, trying to catch up from the time off Paula and I took last week. Next week, we plan to start fishing again.
Another new business is opening in Townsend. It is called, Mountain Trails Tack and Feed. The owners have been remodeling an old house and they’ve done a great job. The store looks beautiful. I don’t know who the owners are. It looks to be open now.
Riding horses is very popular here. Many trails in the Smokies are open for riders. We have a couple of resorts here that cater to people who bring their horses with them on vacation. We have a riding stable near our house. You can pay to ride their horses on the trails. I’ve heard one of the resorts has an indoor arena though I can’t personally verify that.
Another new business is Mtn Trax. They rent Kawasaki Teryx UTVs that are street legal on many of our roads, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park. CLICK HERE to visit their website. Tony, one of our policemen is a partner in the business. He told me business has been good. Campers with big rigs are probably likely candidates to rent one of these. Other people probably do it for fun.
We have some awesome campgrounds in Townsend and Walland. This place is a camper’s dream. They are all right on the river. And, you can camp in the National Park. Cades Cove and Elkmont are nearby and very popular. This will be an excellent weekend to go camping. It is going to be cool and comfortable.
The Talley family bought Top of Townsend Cabins last week. They own the Talley Ho Motel. I ran into Michael Talley at the bank yesterday. He’s one of my best buds around here. He is also our Mayor. They have big plans for Top of Townsend.
I drove through the former 16 acre Valley View Lodge yesterday on my way back from the bank. That huge property is located smack dab in the middle of town. Wilson, the new owner is completely renovating most of the buildings and all of the rooms. He owns the Tremont Outdoor Resort, the last campground before you enter the Park in Townsend. If the new lodge turns out like the campground since he bought it, this is going to be a very nice place. I think he will have it open soon.
Yesterday, I wrote about Eufaula, Alabama in the report. I got several e-mail responses due to that. All of them came from Alabama. I have always been impressed with that town. It is beautiful and there is a great bass and bluegill lake right there, by the same name. I got online and looked at the State Park located there. I wonder how many of those bass have seen a fly?
We have a lot of customers in Alabama. And we appreciate every one of you.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
May 15, 2014
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