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 sky is clear and the temperature is 21 degrees.  It is chilly this morning.  There is almost no activity in town.  It is a peaceful Thursday morning.

Little River is flowing at 559 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.66 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 260 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 40 degrees.

Don’t expect warm days and night this week in East Tennessee.  It isn’t going to happen.  In fact, we may get some snow tomorrow.  The high temperature will be in the 30’s through Saturday.  This is not your favorite fishing weather. 

David Knapp did well Monday.  He came by here first and visited with the gang here.  Then he drove into the Park to stalk some big browns.  He didn’t catch the big one he was after but he did land a 17” brown on the Middle Prong of Little River.  That’s pretty big to me.  I’ll take that! 

David is considering changing his career from teaching to guiding in the Smokies and on the rivers outside the Park.  He will be awesome.  David moved from Colorado back to Tennessee a week ago.  You should visit his website by CLICKING HERE.

David worked in our shop one summer while he was in college.  I’ll never forget that summer.  Almost every day after work, he headed to the Park to fish.  He is such a nice guy to have around.  It is always good to see David.  Of course, he will get our support in whatever path he takes.

I was off yesterday and started getting ready for spring.  That season won’t get here quick enough for me.  My hope is to go fishing every week, at least once from spring through summer this year.  Paula is always ready to go.  We probably would have fished every week last year during the warmer months but we had some days called off due to weather or high water.  We almost always fly fish from our boat.  I do some wade fishing in Little River too.  But this year, we plan to use our kayaks more often, probably fishing in the lower stretches of Little River for smallmouth bass. 

Floats from Perry’s Mill to River John’s is easy because he offers a shuttle service in addition to renting canoes. 

Loading heavy fishing kayaks on the Suburban is just too much for me these days.  I’m looking at kayak trailers online.  We plan to buy one soon.  We will use the trailer to transport our boats to Little River and to Florida.  We really enjoy fly fishing for redfish and speckled trout.  I also like tying the flies for inshore saltwater fly fishing.  Baitfish patterns are enjoyable to tie but I love tying shrimp imitations just as much.  Saltwater fly fishing offers plenty of excitement to the fly angler.  I have always been drawn to the ocean since I was a kid.  I spent you younger years fishing on the Atlantic side but now I prefer the Gulf.  We have found some nice little towns that have not been developed but offer excellent fly fishing.   

Paula bought a new car just before Christmas.  It is a Subaru Outback, equipped with a trailer hitch and roof rack.  We plan to use it for long trips.  It gets great gas mileage.  We can pull the kayaks behind and put our bicycles on top. There is plenty of room inside these vehicles for the other stuff.

The weekend will be here soon.  We are holding yet another Super Saturday Free Event this weekend.  Our guests will be Mike Bryant and Tim Ivey.  CLICK HERE to see our January schedule.  It is going to be cold Saturday so plan on being here.  We also have fly tying classes scheduled so CLICK HERE to see that schedule.

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

Byron Begley
January 16, 2014 

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