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 5:29 am, the temperature is 61 degrees.

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:14 am, the temperature is 61.3 degrees. It is going to be another warm day with a high of around 74 degrees and a 50% chance for rain. The weather forecast is similar throughout the weekend. Highs in the 70’s, lows in the high 50’s and a 30% to 50% chance for rain occurs each day.

Little River is flowing at 287 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.03 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 365 cfs. The water temperature is 56.7 degrees this morning.

I can’t find any indication, that the record rainfall experienced in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and other southern states will move into our area with the same outcome. Our neighbors to the south have experienced some terrible flooding. We have many friends and customers in this area. I don’t know what to say except, I’m sorry. My heart is with you brothers and sisters.

Fishing should be good here this weekend. The water temperature in the Smokies streams is perfect, at least in the low to mid elevations. The only possible downside would be heavy rain, and I don’t see that in any of the forecasts right now. It will be overcast much of the weekend. That is a benefit. It will be warm. We may have wind at times, which would be a negative. There could be scattered thunderstorms in the Smokies.

TVA appears to be cutting back some on the generation at the dams. Fishermen may be on the water this morning in the local tailwaters. Keep an eye on the generation schedules this weekend. There may be opportunities. I certainly hope so.

The lowland rivers may be fishing well too, if they don’t become stained by rain. Keep that in mind.

I know of several fly fishermen who have traveled or will be traveling here, to fish this weekend. The are escaping the deluge in the south. I’ve been answering e-mail from fishermen who are making last minute plans to fish here this week. Some are young people on spring break. A few found us on the internet, and have not been here before.

I talked to Bart, Sales Manager at Ross Reels yesterday. He told me they are expecting warm temperatures and much better fishing in Colorado this weekend. He described the conditions there, as a break before the runoff, caused by snow melt in the mountains.

We have the doors and windows open at our home, with screens in place of course. This has been an unusual March and we are loving it. I awoke to the sound of a pack of coyotes last night. They sounded like they were right in front of our house. I came downstairs to check the front door, to make sure it was closed. I didn’t want to see coyotes coming through the screen door and into the house. That is unlikely, but they appeared to be so close. They were.

Terrestrial insects are everywhere, day and night. Now, we are seeing bats, flying around at dusk, eating well. We are happy to see them back.

The guys are very busy at the shop. I have not been there in a few days, except yesterday morning. We got a call from our security company at 4:15 am. I was at the shop at 4:30 yesterday morning. We had a false alarm. I’m going in today to see what is going on.

I opened my e-mail and read one from Ben, who fished in the Park yesterday. Here is what he said:

“Mr. Begley,

I enjoy reading your fishing report, thank you for posting it every day. I thought I would share some information and photos with you.

I fished Laurel Creek today in the GSM park. I started out with a bead head Pheasant Tail nymph and a Tellico bead head nymph. Fishing was very good with both flies and quality fish were taken on each. I did switch to a #16 BWO later in the day and had a few fish rise to it but no takers.

There were some fish jumping out of the water in different pools. There seemed to be a lot of insect activity on the surface of these pools, but they were very small.

Unfortunately I am not well enough versed in entomology to tell you what the insects were. Hopefully I will get better at identifying these in the future. I have included a photo of a nice rainbow paying me a visit while I was wading a pool. He is just in front of and to the left of my left foot. Again, thanks for your daily reports.



I love reading e-mails like this one. I get several every day and answer them all, unless I happen to miss one. This morning I have 259 in my in box and 142 in the junk box. I go through the junk too, to make sure someone was not “spammed out”. Most of these e-mail are advertising.

Ben mentioned fish jumping out of the water. That seems to happen often, in the early spring. I attribute that to “enthusiasm”. Those trout are so happy winter is over. I feel the same way. Thank you for sharing, Ben.

Speaking of advertising, since that is about all I do these days, check out the Temple Fork BVK rod ad below. I designed it last week. I took that photo on a tarpon fishing trip years ago. The color in the sky and on the water was amazing that morning. We were waiting for daylight, so we could see the tarpon. Notice these fishermen are just standing and waiting, like we were.

The ad was sent to several thousand people Tuesday, via e-mail and I placed it on this report the same day. Daniel told me we sold 3 of these rods in two days through the mail.

I enjoy advertising. I was in the printing business for about 30 years. I’ve seen it all.

What I enjoy most, is advertising something I really believe in. When I write about something I own and use, or a company I really like working with, I type my name at the bottom of the ad. Like the ad below, some reflect my personal relationship to the tackle, manufacturer or product. I have to advertise products I have not used. You can’t own everything. It’s a lot more fun when I can relate my personal experiences. I mentioned Lefty Kreh, a friend of mine. I enjoy talking about friends and real people. I also like advertising products that are priced “reasonable”. The BVK from Temple Fork is one of those.

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

Byron Begley
March 11, 2016

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