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, frost is thick and the temperature is 27 degrees.  That number is disputed by two different weather websites.  One reports 37 and the other 43 degrees.  Believe me, it is 27 degrees out there.  I checked again.

Little River is flowing at 365 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.27 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 305 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 38.5 degrees.

Fishing is slow.  Hardly any people are fishing in the Smokies right now.  The water is cold.  I talked to a couple of guys fishing the river in town yesterday.  They were using Trout Magnets and not catching anything.  I sent them to one of my favorite spots.  After work I stopped by to see how they were doing.  Fishing was slow.  They had not caught anything.  The trout are not active.

That may change slightly today.  The high temperature in the valley may reach 56 degrees.  That will warm the water some.

If you go, use nymphs of course.  Get them down.  Trout can be caught when the water is cold but the action will be slow.  If you see a brown trout moving around, take a shot.  They may be active.

It is gong to be bitter cold here starting Tuesday night.  The low is supposed to be 12 degrees.  That trend will continue.  We will probably see low temperatures between 12 and 19 degrees through Friday night.  Highs will be in the 30’s.  That does not bode well for fly fishermen in the Smokies.  The long term weather forecast indicates cold and dry weather through the end of the month except for tomorrow night.  There is a 60% chance for snow.

Saturday looks like a great day to visit our store.  We’ve got a great lineup for our Free Saturday Event.  Buzz Buffington will be tying flies and talking to you about fly fishing the tailwaters.  He is an expert.  I don’t know anyone who fly fishes more than Buzz.  He is also a very giving person.  Buzz works hard for the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Project Healing Waters.  Buzz has won awards for his volunteer work.  He will be tying between 10 am and 2 pm.  All you have to do is show up.  There is no charge.

Kent Edmonds will be here too.  Kent will be tying part of the day and giving free casting demonstrations in the afternoon.  Kent is an FFF Certified Instructor.  He is also a fly fishing guide who lives in Georgia.  He hosts clients on the Flint River for shoal bass and stripers.  He also guides at Calloway Gardens.  He is our sales representative for Temple Fork, Rainy’s Flies and other companies.

Kent is also known for inventing and perfecting the Stealth Bomber Bass Fly.  This fly is one of the most productive patterns for me and many other anglers in this area who target smallmouth and largemouth bass.  He will be showing you how to tie them.  Kent will be here between 10 am and sometime late in the day, probably 5:00 pm.  His demonstrations are free.  Just show up.

Sarah Weeks will be here too.  Though she is a fly fisherman and fly tyer, she won’t be tying flies. Sarah will be talking about her organization, Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Sarah has been our friend for many years and we are excited about having her here.  She is well known by almost everyone who supports our Park.  She will be here at 10 am.  She probably won’t stay until 2 pm.  Saturday night is Friends big fundraiser, the Evergreen Ball.  Come by and meet Sarah. 

So, we’ve got three great folks lined up for you.  Our Saturday events are free.  While you are here, please register to win a $100 LRO gift card.  We will draw the winner at 2 pm.

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

Byron Begley
January 20, 2014

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