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.  It is cold this morning, 7 degrees on our front porch.  Other weather stations in our area are reporting temperatures of 5 and 3 degrees.

Power outages are a huge problem in our area, especially the Fort Loudoun Electric Co-Op.  At one time this week they had 16,000 customers without power.  Now, that number is 7,000, approximately.  Daniel is one of their customers.  He has been without power at his house since the ice storm hit.  Yesterday, he bought a generator.  I talked to him late yesterday and he still didn’t have power.

Most of the roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed due to snow and ice.

Little River is flowing at 299 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.97 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 323 cfs.  The water temperature is 32 degrees.

The high temperature today is predicted to be 15 degrees with wind chill values down to 7 below zero.  The low temperature tonight will be about the same as last night, 4 degrees.

It will be warmer by the weekend.  Saturday’s high will be in the mid 40’s.  Sunday’s temperature will creep up to around 49 degrees.  That will feel like Summer!

Walter Babb is scheduled to be tying at the shop Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm Saturday.  This is a free demonstration and an opportunity for you to talk to Walter.  I hope this works out.  You need a break.  Unless the roads are slick, Walter will be at the shop.  This is a free event.  Just show up.  Check this report Saturday before you come to make sure Walter is there.

The National Weather Service is predicting another wave of freezing rain and snow Friday night.  If that happens, it is unlikely that Walter will be at the shop Saturday morning.  He lives an hour and 10 minutes from the store, when road conditions are good.

Obviously, nobody is fishing around here or in the Eastern United States, except for those who are ice fishing. 

You can see from the ad below, I put Knuckleheads for sale yesterday, in the form of 6-packs, 2 chartreuse, 2 black and 2 yellow, for $19.95 with Free Shipping.  You can order them online or call the shop at 865-448-9459.

I started tying them the second week in January and built up an inventory of 42 dozen.  Now I have switched to tying Bass Buggers.  They will be available in a few days.  Then, I’ll switch back to Knuckleheads.  These are the two warmwater flies I use most.  We can’t buy them to sell to you.  So, I’m doing the tying. 

I tie 3 or 4 after writing this report every morning.  Then, I tie 3 or 4 during the day.  I always tie a few at night while listening to the news on TV.  Right now, I’m averaging a dozen per day.  During the warm months, that number will drop significantly since I will have back stock and be fishing more.  I’m planning on selling 100 dozen Knuckleheads this year.  After they are gone, I’ll get back into production mode next Winter.

I think Dan, Daniel and I will be at the shop today.  I’ll be catching up on the bookkeeping.  Hopefully, they will be filling mail orders. 

I was at the shop and running errands in Townsend yesterday.  There were people out and milling around.  Our main bank opened but we could only use the drive thru window.  They were short-handed and could not open the lobby.  A short-lived snowfall arrived during the early afternoon.  It snowed over an inch in about 45 minutes. 

We share a private gravel road with three other homes.  We live 1/3 mile from the main road.  At the entry to our area is what I call the “ramp of death”.  It is a steep, concrete section of road that terminates at Old Cades Cove Road.  If you start sliding down, you end up in that road.  You hope and pray, traffic is not coming either way.  Our neighbor, John, scraped the snow from the ramp yesterday using his tractor. I treated it with Ice Melt.

I guess the weather is the news today.  It’s not fishing.

Stay warm and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
February 19, 2015

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