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 5:17 am, the temperature is 23.2 degrees. It was predicted to be colder than that. The high temperature today is expected to be about 29 degrees.

This afternoon we have a 50% chance for snow. That chance increases to 80% tonight and tomorrow. We may get some ice too. It should all change to rain in the lower elevations by tomorrow night. It may snow again Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Some roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are open and others are closed. Right now, Little River Road is closed.

By next weekend, expect warm daytime temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. The long term forecast beginning Thursday through the end of the month looks good. Maybe the bad weather will be over. Could spring fishing begin in a week, or two weeks? We hope so.

Little River is flowing at 225 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.86 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 302 cfs. The water Temperature is 34 degrees this morning.

Fishing in the Smokies will be slow today. The water temperature is near freezing. Trout will be lethargic. Access to park streams may be limited at times. Better times are ahead.

I spent a few hours at the shop yesterday. Gary Troutman and David Perry were tying flies and talking about fly fishing to an interested group of fishermen. We had a lot of customers in the store for the few hours I was there. What I saw was enthusiasm, fishermen and their families, getting out of the house and enjoying a beautiful day. Everyone was talking about fly fishing. We all know those days will be here soon. I feel the same way. I’m over winter!

I talked to people about fishing vacations. Anglers are planning. Beginner students are eager for our fly fishing classes to begin. They want to get started as soon as they can. It won’t be long. Our beginner fly fishing classes start in March.

The views from our house, of snow-covered mountains, are spectacular. The snow is pretty now, but I’m longing for green mountains. I’m wishing for better fishing here in the Great Smokies. I’m looking forward to seeing bears walking by our house again. Before too long, the turkeys will be strutting. Deer will appear with their young fawns. If you read this report often, you know I love watching wildlife.

For the past two months, a bobcat has been showing up at our home. Most often, the view of this beautiful animal is merely a fleeting glimpse. Paula and I were sitting on a porch, at the font of the house just over a week ago. The bobcat walked along one of our driveways. My experience has been, he is there, then he is gone. I keep a video camera on a tripod at the window here in my office. I’m always ready to capture animals on video.  But, I always fail to capture footage of that bobcat. Until yesterday, it never happened. This bobcat is becoming bolder. He seems to know, we mean him no harm.

Yesterday morning I was in the kitchen. Paula came down from upstairs and told me the bobcat was in the woods behind our house, crouched down. I looked out and couldn’t see him. She pointed to the cat. I was looking too far back into the forest. The bobcat was about 30 feet from our house.

I walked in here, turned off the lights, and slowly raised the window blinds. I didn’t spook him. I clicked on the video camera and filmed him for about 15 minutes. I watched every move he made. The cat’s right rear leg would move in and out as he breathed. Below are some screen shots of that video.

The first photo below is what I saw from here. He was positioned in front of a tree, blending in, waiting for a squirrel. Then I zoomed in. After a while, the bobcat stood up, yawned, and then stretched. He is stretching in the 4th photo down. Then, he slowly walked into the dense forest and disappeared. His strategy was perfect but this day’s hunt was futile.

This was a rare moment in time. It was a 15 minute span, I won’t forget. So, enjoy the photos of Robert, our local bobcat. I will call him “Bob”. Bob is a beautiful animal I hope to enjoy for many years to come.

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

Byron Begley
February 14, 2016


Bobcat, hunting behind the Begley home.

Closeup view of bobcat in Townsend, Tennessee.

Bobcat squinting his eyes in the sun.

Bobcat stretching before walking off.

Bobcat, about to walk into the dense forest and disappear.

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