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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sky is clear, there is absolutely no fog and it is 24 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I got here at 7:15 am and cleaned 2 bathrooms.  That’s one of the great things you get to do if you own a fly shop. 

Little River’s flow is dropping close to normal.  Right now she is flowing at 370 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 310 cfs.  The water temperature is a chilly 38.4 degrees.

I don’t expect much in the way of fishing in the Smokies today.  There could be some active brown trout looking for a meal.  They still feed in January despite the cold water.  But overall, fishing will be slow, at least this morning.  It is going to be fairly nice today with a high temperature of 48 degrees and plenty of sunshine.  You never know, the trout might become a little active later today.

Use nymphs, get them deep and keep a tight line.  If you feel that little tick, set the hook.  Watch for big fish.  They may be out.  You need to be sneaky with those guys.  If all else fails, try a blue wing olive dry fly.  If you are lucky enough to actually see a hatch, definitely tie on a dry.

We are going to be busy around here today.  Walter Babb and Brian Courtney will be teaching 8 students, all beginners, to tie flies.  They will be here all day.

Roger Lowe is on his way here from North Carolina.  He will be giving you a free Fly Tying Demonstration between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Roger is a guide in the Smokies on the East side of the Park.  He is a 3rd generation fly fisherman and knows his stuff.

Jack Gregory will be here too.  Jack grew up fly fishing the Smokies.  He lives about 10 miles from the shop.  Jack and I have been on many fly fishing trips together, targeting anything from trout to tarpon.  Jack catches 10 fish to my 1 on one of my good days.  He is an incredible fisherman.  He caught a wild 30” brown out of Little River last year.  Jack will probably be tying Smokies trout flies. He will tie between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Thousands of people know about this day.  It is one of many scheduled for this Winter.  All you have to do is show up, sit down with these guys and learn.

By the way, the bathrooms are very clean this morning and smell like Pine Sol.

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

Byron Begley
January 5, 2012 


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