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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and 29 degrees in Townsend this morning.  What little snow we had is about gone.  We are going to enjoy sunshine and warm days this weekend.

Little River is flowing at 1,230 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 285 cfs.  The gauge reading is 3.85 feet and the water temperature is 44.6 degrees.  The water is clear.

A couple of local roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are still closed due to ice.  They are Little River Road and the Foothills Parkway.  Other minor roads in our area are closed.  Newfound Gap Road is closed.

I you go fishing from here try the Middle Prong of the Little River or Abrams Creek.  The West Prong of Little River is another option.  There are other tributaries you could fish including Thunderhead Prong, Anthony Creek and Laurel Creek.

Please be careful.  The current is very strong.  Limit wading to shallow areas with little current.  Also, watch for ice on the roads.

I would use nymphs with plenty of weight.  They could be a Prince, Tellico, Copper John or Pheasant Tail. You might try a large nymph or streamer.  Overall, fishing is going to be slow but you could catch a couple and have a nice day.  The high temperature today is supposed to be 51 degrees.

We will have plenty of activity here today.  Walter Babb is teaching an Intermediate fly tying class.  Everyone in the class is from Alabama.

Mike Bone will be tying today and his demonstration is free.  Just show up.  Mike will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  He is one of the most experienced guides in our area specializing in tailwaters and larger rivers.  He is an expert at fishing for trout and smallmouth bass.  Mike’s home water is the Clinch River.  He is a great guy and you will enjoy being with him today.

When the sun finally came out yesterday I could see the white mountains from my office window.  The smaller, lower elevation hills were brown with some green mixed in.  The high peaks were white from the snowfall we got night before last.  There should be some serious melting going on today.

I finally got to use some calcium chloride (ice melt) yesterday morning.  I ordered several hundred pounds two years ago after some heavy snow fell and getting in and out of our home was almost impossible.  Keeping our parking lot safe is a high priority too.  After a skid of this stuff came in, it never snowed again. 

Yesterday morning, our sidewalks had some slick spots.  So, I got the ice melt out and scattered some around.  We have enough to get us through several blizzards.  I guess I bought too much.  If I had not bought it, we would probably have had plenty of snow or ice storms.  It’s kind of like washing my truck.  During the droughts of 2007 and 2008 I quit washing the truck.  I hated to waste the water.  In retrospect, if I had washed it, maybe it would have rained and averted the drought. These similar circumstances caused a dilemma for me.  I’m glad I bought the ice melt.  I wish I had washed the truck.

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

Byron Begley
January 19, 2013

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