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.  At 6:05 am, it is dark and 38 degrees.  Yesterday was beautiful.  We enjoyed a high temperature of 56 degrees.  I assembled shelving in the boat house until dark last night wearing a light jacket.  It felt like Spring. 

Unfortunately, we won’t have the same treatment today from Mother Nature.  We are expecting rain and a high temperature of 39 degrees.  Tonight, the temperature will drop into the teens.  Saturday looks pretty good.  It may snow Sunday and Monday.  If we don’t get snow, we will see rain.  Looking out 10 days, it appears Spring won’t break during that period through February 8th.

Little River is flowing higher than yesterday morning due to snow melt.  Flow is currently 240 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.01 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 290 cfs.  The water temperature is 40.64 degrees.

The Park Service closed Newfound Gap Road at about 10 pm last night due to snow and ice.  It has not re-opened as of this writing.  We may get more snow in the mountains Sunday and Monday.

We don’t expect good fishing over the next few days.  The water is cold and it will cool even further.   

Roger Lowe will be tying in the shop Saturday (tomorrow).  You should plan to be there.  He is one of the most knowledgeable Southern Appalachian anglers I know.  He will be here for you between 10 am and 2 pm.  This event is free.  Just show up.

These events we hold are not just for fly tyers.  When they tie, they are also talking.  You can ask questions.  They discuss fishing and their local waters.  Many are professional guides.  You can learn a lot, even if you do not tie flies.  Roger is a trout guide.  He is also one fine gentleman.

I suggest you make every effort to attend this event tomorrow.  You will come away with new knowledge about our favorite sport.

Dan Munger was telling me yesterday, about his plans for our fly fishing school.  He is implementing a new and expanded curriculum.  He wrote a well-articulated newsletter yesterday that was delivered by e-mail to thousands of you on our e-mail list.  As soon as it went out, the phone started ringing.  Dan’s plan will bring many new participants into our sport.  I’m impressed.

Though I’m not as active in the shop as I used to be, I can’t help but go by the store almost every day to talk to Dan, Daniel and everyone on our team.  We have a wonderful group of people working at LRO and I consider all of them friends.  Now, I get to be with them, not as the boss, but as a co-worker.  I like that new role.  I enjoy talking to them about fishing and all the stuff friends talk about.  Things are going well at LRO.

While I’m there, I also get to talk to customers.  We talk about fishing, of course and their day to day lives. 

Because of this report and the fact that my e-mail address link is below, I get to talk to customers far away.  It happens every day.  I respond to every e-mail I receive quickly.  Sometimes those e-mails become conversations with multiple e-mails.  Friendships evolve.  I converse with people who I have never met.  Many of you, I have met.  Sometimes, I talk to people who live outside America. 

We talk about fishing of course.  We discuss boats.  We talk about other species of fish we can target on a fly.  We discuss flies.  We complain about the weather.  Occasionally, we discuss a piece of gear purchased at our store that did not live up to the buyer’s expectations.  I love those because their problem can easily be solved.  We send them something else that works better for them.  That doesn’t happen often but it does at times.

Over the past few years, I’ve been hearing from people who are fly fishing for smallmouth bass.  I have an enthusiastic passion for that sport.  Lately, that’s about all I do.  A few years ago I published a page on our website dedicated to smallmouth bass fishing.  The search engines like it.  As a result, many people read that page, every day.  The numbers are astounding.  You can read it by CLICKING HERE.

I guess, when people read it, they can tell how much I love fly fishing for smallies.  There is nothing quite like it.  Back then, it was new to me.  I communicated and fished with with like-minded people and learned more.  If you have not tried this, you should. 

The original distribution of smallmouth bass didn’t extend much further south than Tennessee.  They were not found much further to our west than Arkansas. But, they were found to our north, past our borders into Canada.  Now, they have been introduced further west.  Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is becoming more popular.  Many of you have smallmouth bass right in your neighborhood.  Give it a try.

I hope you all have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
January 30, 2015

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