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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 6:24 am, the temperature is 24.6 degrees. The high temperature today is only expected to be 30 degrees. The low tonight will dip into the teens.  Tomorrow’s high should be in the mid 30’s.

Little River is flowing at 253 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.94 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 288 cfs. The water temperature is 37.4 degrees this morning.

Most of the roads on our side of the Park are closed due to snow and ice.

I drove through Maryville late yesterday. The roads were dry. It appeared Maryville got a dusting of snow night before last. It also looked as if there was more snow here. I can’t imagine having any problems getting around our County today based on what I saw last evening. Even the back roads were dry.

The Park must be different. I caught views of the mountains several times last evening. They were white. This morning, most of the roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed due to snow and ice.

Fishing access to the Smokies streams is certainly hampered by closed roads. The streams are cold. Fishing will be slow.

It is beautiful here right now. Few things are visually more inspiring to me, than snow covered mountains. There will be many people at least trying to get into the Park. Maybe the roads in the Smokies will open later. The Park Service does not apply chemicals to their roads for obvious reasons. So, it’s hard to say what will happen there today.

David Perry and Gary Troutman will be tying at the shop for you today. This is a free fly tying demonstration. All you have to do is show up. You should. You can learn a lot from these guys. Though they will be tying flies, they will also be talking about their fly fishing experiences and sharing their knowledge with you.

Gary lives here. I consider him an expert, at fly fishing for warmwater species. I have learned a lot from Gary over the past few years, as I attempt to spend more of my fishing time, pursuing his passion for smallmouth bass and other warmwater fishes. Watching and talking to him today, is something you should do.

David lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He guides part-time and fly fishes rivers in his neck of the woods, for trout and warmwater fish. He is particularly interested in fly fishing for Musky, which has become a passion for him lately. He and David Knapp fish together often. I would call the upper and lower Caney Fork and its tributaries his home water. Like Gary, David is an expert where he lives. He is also someone you should meet, watch and talk to today. He will expand your fly fishing knowledge about fishing in Middle Tennessee, and for species you might be interested in.

Today will be a good one to hang out at Little River Outfitters.

Paula and I returned last night from a week in Hilton Head, South Carolina. We stay in a very nice area of the island, called “Sea Pines”. The area is littered with saltwater canals and ponds, that rise and fall each day with the tides. The Atlantic ocean and a beautiful beach, is just across the road from the townhouse we rent. We go there often, for our Winter getaway.

It was cold and windy all week. I took my computer and worked 4 of the days we were there. We ride our bicycles on the maze of paths, and do some fishing, weather permitting. Fishing was slow due to the cold water. We didn’t ride our bicycles much due to the cold air and wind. But, we had a great time. Since Daniel and Dan wrote the fishing report, I was able to sleep in, which is rare for me. I have to admit, it is always good to be home.

I have been drawn to the ocean, saltwater inlets, bays and canals all my life. I love everything about the coast, except for hurricanes. I love the smell of the saltwater and the culture found in small coastal towns. I love the old fishing villages, the architecture and the people. I lust for the seafood. I guess most of all, I have a passion for the fishing and the wildlife found on the coast.

The only place on earth I care to call home is where I am, in the Southern Appalachians. Being a full time flatlander, with nighttime lows in the 70’s during the summer, is no place for me. We prefer to be in Florida, when most people don’t. We like the cool months, when the fishing is best and nobody is there. 

I decided a long time ago, when I reached the age of 65, I would spend more time on the coast, mostly in the Panhandle of Florida. I will be 65 in 5 months. Thankfully, Paula agrees. I can work from anywhere that has internet access. We both enjoy fly fishing in these waters. We also enjoy spin fishing in the surf. We take our kayaks and at some point, We’ll start towing our boat. My ultimate goal is to spend 2 months each year on the ocean. This is the year, my dream, will begin. Nothing will stop me. It is time.

We rent houses. We have one, we particularly love that is right on a bay. I will be booking it for two weeks or more this year, and maybe longer in the future. Of course we will keep our home here. I hope to work full time at Little River Outfitters for at least 5 more years, maybe longer.

So, as usual, I have a dream. Paula and I have a dream. We can’t think of a better way to spend the rest of our lives. When we are not there, we will be here. Here is a wonderful place to be.

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

Byron Begley
February 13, 2016

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