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.  The temperature this morning is 43 degrees.  Keep an eye on that.  It will rise to the mid-50’s today.  It may rain today and it will more likely rain tonight.  The rain will be warm as tonight’s low is predicted to be 52 degrees.  Warm rain will fall tomorrow too.

Flow in Little River is 234 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.99 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 341 cfs.  The water temperature at 6:35 am is 44.96 degrees.  Keep an eye on that too.

Fishing will improve today and tomorrow.  The water is going to get warmer.

This happened a week ago and fishermen were catching trout well and even on dry flies.  It is nice to see this warming trend happen on a weekend. If you don’t mind fishing with rain in the area, go fishing this weekend.  You might be surprised at how well you do, especially tomorrow.

After this weekend passes, it will be cold again.  Water temperatures will drop.  Fishing will slow.

Stop by the shop today and watch Rex Wilson and Dave Harrell demonstrate their fly tying skills.  Rex will be here from North Carolina.  At one time, decades ago, he was a professional contract fly tyer, creating Smoky Mountain flies to be sold.  He knows the patterns well and ties them beautifully.

Dave ties many different trout patterns.  I’m not sure what he will be tying today but you will enjoy watching and meeting him.

These fly tying demonstrations begin at 10 am and continue until 2 pm.  It’s free.  Just show up and learn, talk to some fellow fishing buddies then, go fishing this afternoon.  Sounds like a plan to me.

Our fly tying classes are beginning for the new year.  The first beginner trout tying class will be held Saturday January 10th, taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  Continuing after that date will be more beginner, intermediate and advanced trout tying classes. 

In early March, a new fly tying class will be added to our schedule.  It will be a smallmouth bass tying class taught by Josh Pfeiffer.  I don’t have the details at home this morning but you can learn more by calling Dan Munger at the shop.  I know for sure, this class will fill quickly.  I will be helping Josh with this class.  I’m looking forward to it.

Dan is also working on some free Fly Fishing 101 introductory beginner fly fishing classes.  He plans to offer those beginning this winter. He is also planning some free “skill” classes where you can learn new tricks and knots. 

Then, in March, our schedule of one and two day beginner fly fishing classes will get cranked up. Those classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays through October.  Our hope is to get more people into fly fishing and fly tying.  We’ve always done that, for almost 20 years. You are going to see a lot more activity in our fly fishing school in the future.  Dan and Daniel have plans to take our shop to a new level and our school’s expanded curriculum is part of that plan.

Please call the shop at 865-448-9459 to reserve a spot in any of our upcoming classes.        

Many of you know Jack Gregory, one of my closest friends.  Sadly, his brother, Ronald (Moe) passed away December 31st after a long illness.  My prayers and thoughts go out to Jack, his family and friends.  Ronald’s memorial service will he held today in Maryville.

I hope to see you this morning at the shop.  I’ll be leaving around noon for Jack’s brother’s memorial service.

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

Byron Begley
January 3, 2015

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