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 and the temperature is 30 degrees this morning in Townsned.  Most of the roads in the Park are open.  Newfound Gap Road and Foothills Parkway East are still closed.

Little River is flowing at 307 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.13 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 357 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:13 am is 38.7 degrees.

The streams are cold so fishing will be pretty slow.  However, a warm front is moving in.  Tomorrow through Thursday, we will have highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s.  We will get our first taste of Spring this week.  It will be fairly warm today, about 54 degrees.

The water will warm as the air temperatures climb this week.  Looking further into the weekend, it’s going to be warm, though not like it will be mid-week.  Expect highs in the 50’s and lows in the low 30’s Saturday and Sunday.  Then, Sunday night, temperatures will drop back into the mid to high 20’s for a few days.  There is no snow in the forecast.

We do have rain in the forecast and that will have a positive impact on the fishing.  The rain will be warm.  The water temperatures will rise.  Fishing will improve.

Today is a holiday and you may be off.  If you go fishing today, I would use nymphs and get them down.  Do some high sticking in the faster water, hitting the pockets behind rocks and dredging through the deep runs.  Yesterday, the water temperature rose to 41 degrees in Little River.  Expect the same today, maybe even a little warmer.  We are starting the day with water that is a little warmer than yesterday.

Some anglers are rainbows in town.  I heard that yesterday from David Perry. 

If you are a Smokies fly fisherman, you should be here Saturday.  One of the best fly fishing guides in the Smokies will be here for our Free Fly Tying Demonstration.  His name is Roger Lowe.  Roger lives in North Carolina and has fly fished all his life in the Smokies.  I believe he is a 3rd generation fly fisherman from what I remember.  This I know, spending time with Roger will be very beneficial to you.  You may not tie flies but you can watch and listen to what he has to say about fly patterns and fly fishing in the Smokies.

Roger is an old friend of mine and he has my utmost respect as an angler and a person.  His book, Fly Pattern Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains is an excellent reference.  Every Smoky Mountains Angler should have one.  You will see some of Roger’s own patterns in this book.

You will enjoy Roger.  He will be demonstrating from 10 am until 2 pm.  It is Free.  Just show up.

After being gone for 10 days, I am playing catch-up, mostly in the accounting part of the business.  Today I will run the payroll and pay bills.  I think there will be four of us working at the shop today and we may be busy due to the holiday.  We stay open on most holidays because we are busy.

Townsend is preparing for Spring.  I can tell just by looking.  In this tiny town, I don’t often venture out of midtown of Townsend.  But, coming back from our vacation, I looked at the businesses on the Maryville side.

We are getting a new seafood restaurant at the Pack Porch location. I’m excited about that.  The new winery should be open soon.  They have not paved the parking lot but it looks ready.  To avoid future problems, we need a couple of warm days and nights to pave a lot.  I think they will get that this week.

The new, very large and very nice Ace Hardware store is open.  I dropped in a couple of times to check on it before the opening but haven’t been back.  After all, that place is almost two blocks from our store.  I am looking forward to my first visit.

Dave Chouinard from Simms, Paula and I sampled the new Mexican Restaurant.  It was awesome.  The food is authentic and excellent.  The service is top notch.  Dave and I went back for lunch the next day. 

I guess Miss Lily’s will be opening soon along with the Black Bear Café.  Smokin Joes should be open soon for the season.  I think Firefly will open soon.  We don’t eat out hardly at all.  Paula is a chef and loves to cook.  She posts the meals we eat on her food blog, The Saucy Southerner.  Check that out and you will know why we stay home for dinner. CLICK HERE.

All the older restaurants like Trailhead and The Carriage House will be cranking out food for you when you visit.  There are other restaurants, including Laurel Valley Country Club which is open to the public.  I’m sure I missed some other great restaurants in the list.  I just get about 30 minutes to write this report.  We have lots of great food in Townsend.

Steve’s Parkway Grocery and Deli are open year round.  That place is always packed for breakfast and lunch.  The KOA campground serves great food too.   

How did I get on the subject of food?

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

Byron Begley
February 17, 2014

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