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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It’s a new year.  Now we will have to get used to writing and typing, 2015. 

It is early, dark and 41 degrees this morning.  We will certainly see rain over the next few days.  Tomorrow will be warmer with rain so we will also likely see the water temperatures rise. 

Right now, Little River is flowing at 237 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.00 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 318 cfs.  The water temperature this morning at 5:50 am is 42.3 degrees.

Fishing will probably be slow today but better Saturday and Sunday.  Nymphs will work best today, weighted and fished deep. Try two nymphs with the lower one weighted with split shot. That way you can cover two different depths, several inches apart.  I would do the same thing tomorrow and Sunday be also be prepared to switch to dry flies if you see bugs on the water and trout rising.  They could be feeding on midges, caddis or small black stoneflies.  Believe it or not, Green and Pink Weenies are still working and nobody knows why. 

It will cool off Sunday night and remain cold early next week.

I don’t know about you, but for us, the last two days were spent with good friends.  The topic of discussion in our case, was fishing, planning trips, talking about flies, boats and kayaks.  I think, without making it official, my buddies and I resolved to fish more in 2015. 

We planned a kayak fishing trip to Florida.  That’s a fun thing to do.  We talked about fishing locally, here and in Kentucky.  We talked about hunting too, planning two trips for that. 

Of course, football and basketball was discussed in the man cave with my buddies along with fishing until we could not stay up any longer last night.  We didn’t watch the Alabama vs Ohio State game.  Everyone left or went to bed.

I’m the only person awake this morning at our house.  As usual, I’m writing about fishing or planning fishing this the new year.

Writing about fly fishing every morning is not always easy, especially during the cold months.  Sometimes, I don’t know what to write. 

Writing about sore feet will be easy this morning.  I woke at 3:00 am suffering from a flare-up of gout.  Then, while making coffee, I stepped on our cat’s foot.  He screamed and I jumped back.  He’s OK but I imagine he has a sore foot just like me. 

Tomorrow will be a big day at the shop.  Rex Wilson and Dave Harrell will be tying flies and talking to you about the subject between 10 am and 2 pm.  This is a Free Demonstration. Just come by the shop tomorrow and sit in.

Melissa Harrell will be teaching a beginner fly fishing class for women.  I’ve been told that class is full with 8 students.  I’ll be there for a while then leave to attend a funeral.

We will be busy at the shop today and through the weekend.  Then, the winter doldrums will set in for a few weeks.  We will be waiting for warmer water, active fish and beautiful spring days. 

Anglers become more active in February, usually about the middle of the month.  We know our time is coming soon in the South.  Fishermen in the north start planning to travel to the south.  The spring migration usually begins the first week of March.  Of course, that depends on the weather.  It can be warm in late February with bugs popping off the water. One year, the snow storm of the century arrived the fist week in March.   So, you never know what to expect until it happens.

We’ll see unexpected periods of high water, a plan changer for sure.  Or, maybe we won’t.

Frank is up so this will be a wrap today.

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

Byron Begley
January 2, 2015

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