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. At 5:56 am, the temperature is a cold 25.5 degrees.

Today’s high will be in the mid-50’s and rise to the mid 60’s tomorrow through Tuesday. Lows will be in the high 40’s, Sunday through Tuesday. Afterwards, it will cool somewhat, with highs in the high 40’s to low 50’s through next weekend.

Little River is flowing at 842 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.97 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 317 cfs. The water temperature is 41.7 degrees.

Fishing will likely be slow today but better tomorrow. The water levels are still fairly high but receding. You will find some swift water in some streams and spots. If you go today, be careful wading. The other problem is water temperature. At 41.7 degrees, fishing is usually slow.

Fishing will improve by tomorrow as the water warms and recedes. With high temperatures in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s, the water will be warming, beginning today.

If I were to choose a day to fish this weekend, it would be tomorrow. I think fishing will certainly be good early next week.

Today, Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr. will be tying at the shop and sharing their fly fishing knowledge with you. This is a free event. All you have to do is show up.

I don’t know what Bill Boyd Jr. has planned. His father will be tying his Hiwassee Streamer, Tandem Tellico nymph, Chameleon streamer bodies, Flat nymph bodies, Knack’s Mud Bug and his Damsel Fly pin, if requested.

I saw his chameleon streamer bodies Thursday. They do change colors in different lighting conditions. I think they are very interesting and probably great fish catching flies.

The Boyds will be here for you between 10 am and 2 pm. Come on by.

This will be the last Free Saturday Tying Demonstration until next Winter.

Business is picking up at Little River Outfitters and the new Spring merchandise will be here soon. Daniel told me the first shipments will be arriving next week. He tries to get the store stocked for Spring, when we know fishing is about to catch fire. He thinks that will happen now. The long term outlook for March is promising. 

I worked at home all day yesterday on the new online store. Stan Smartt came by to see me and told me the sad news. Sam Beall, proprietor of Blackberry Farm died in a skiing accident Thursday night in Colorado. Sam was 39 years old.

Sam leaves behind his wife and 5 children, parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Sam was a very nice guy and a good family man.

Many of you have been guests at Blackberry Farm and witnessed the highest level of food, service and accommodations in the world. Sam took over the family farm, and took it to the degree of excellence, you find there today. He will be missed by many, including the many fine people who work at Blackberry Farm. 

You can CLICK HERE to read the story of this tragic loss on the WBIR website. Joseph Lenn is interviewed. Joseph was the executive chef at Blackberry Farm and a close friend of Sam’s. He left recently to open his own restaurant in downtown Knoxville. It is slated to open this Spring.

Paula and I offer our condolences and prayers to Sam’s family and friends.

I hope you can get out today and enjoy this beautiful weather. It is daybreak. I looked at the mountains and can’t see snow this morning. Yesterday morning, I saw snow. Fly fisherman’s Spring has probably arrived in the Great Smoky Mountains, finally.

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

Byron Begley
February 27, 2016

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