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.  It is 6:33 am and the temperature outside is 60.1 degrees.  Today’s high temperature will be near 80 degrees and we have a 30% chance for rain.  I will believe that when I see it.  Rain is possible tomorrow and Tuesday.

Little River is flowing at the same rate as yesterday, 33 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 74 cfs.  The water temperature is 65.1 degrees this morning.

Water temperatures will fall over the next few days.  It should be cloudy today.  I would fish a larger mid to low elevations stream where you will find more water. 

Wash your truck and don’t take a rain jacket.  Maybe it will rain.

These are not ideal fishing conditions in the Smoky Mountains. 

You may get a break today on the Holston River.  It appears they will only generate for an hour this morning then the generators at Cherokee Dam will be off until 2 pm.  Check the TVA website yourself before going and see what you think.  If you live near the Caney Fork, check out that generation schedule.  That river could be fished today, early or late. 

Fly fishing for bass and bluegill should be good on the lakes today.  If it remains cloudy, that will help.  Otherwise, go early or late.  Hit the banks with poppers.  Watch the water surface for shad activity and game fish feeding on them.

The lowland rivers are low. I’ve never floated Little River when it was as low as it is now.  It may be floatable further downstream.  I just don’t know.  I’ve never tried. 

I’m ready for change, especially rain.  It is not fun writing a fishing report when the water is this low.    

It is really looking like Fall.  Some of the trees are turning.  Leaves are dropping. A few acorns are falling.  From what I’ve seen, there are not many and they are small.  Turkeys are running around our house looking for acorns that are not there. The humming birds have retreated to the south.  We saw the last one about 3 days ago at our house. 

After today, this week is going to be cool, especially at night. Expect highs in the 70’s, with a couple of days in the low 80’s, and lows in the 50’s.

The shop will be open today from 9 to 5.  We are always open on Sunday.  Business has been good this month, which is surprising, since it has been dry in the Southern States, including the Smoky Mountains.  Thanks to all of you for ordering from us and for visiting our store.  All of us at Little River Outfitters appreciate your support.

It is not easy being in a weather dependent business.  We have endured floods, droughts, snow storms and even having the National Park closed a couple of years ago.  Our tourism industry is dependent on weather.  If it rains all weekend, people cancel their reservations.  Townsend is planning a huge festival next weekend.  Hundreds of people are involved in putting this on.  What if it rains?  Almost everything will be done outdoors. 

High water keeps the fishermen away.  Since we are in the mail order business, weather in the East United States effects us, good or bad. Most of our mail order customers live in the East. 

I know, farmers have it worse than we do. I grew up on a farm in Kentucky.  Many of our neighbors, made their living by farming.  I saw first hand, the affect of weather on their lives. 

Speaking of mail order, I have almost finished the Fishpond section of our online store.  You can see it by CLICKING HERE.  Everything on the pages are current 2016 merchandise.  The landing page you will see if you click has not been re-designed.  I may get that done today. But, you can find the other pages by clicking on the links at the top for each category. 

There are a few items that are not yet available.  They will arrive sometime between now and November 1st. 

Fishpond is one of our larger manufacturers.  By large, I mean, we sell a lot of their products.  Fishpond is not a large company.  We have always done well with Fishpond, since they began business in the early 2000’s.  We signed on as a dealer when Fishpond was born.  Dave Thompson and John, Le Coq, the founders, have always been good guys to work with.  Dave retired in 2012 and sold his interest to Ben and Will Kurtz. Ben and Will are young and enthusiastic brothers.  When I call the dealer line, Ben usually answers the phone. 

A couple of months ago, I got a hand written and hand addressed note from John.  I like the way John communicates, the old fashioned way.  His note was a thank you for supporting their company since the beginning.  He has so much talent, as a designer and photographer.

Another small but important company to us is Chota.  We’ve been with them since they made their first wading boot.  I saw the prototype.  I’ve seen all of their prototypes, before almost anyone else.  I do their photography.  They are a Knoxville based company.  Over the years, I have become close friends with their founders, Frank and Pat Bryant.  Frank and I went fishing together a couple of months ago.  I talked to both Frank and Pat on the phone last week.  Frank and I are planning to fish with David Knapp this Fall, on the Caney Fork River.  Daniel talks to Mark Brown, Chota’s Sales Manager, every week.  Mark and I have worked together on many projects.  He’s a good friend too. 

Orvis is not small.  Their annual sales are in the hundreds of millions.  They are family owned, so most people have no idea how much business they do.  As a company, and everyone who works for Orvis, treats us like old friends.  We are.  You would think they would have a big company attitude, and us, being such a small part of their business, would be lost and forgotten.  That is not the case at all.  They are a friendly company, to their dealers and direct customers. The Orvis company retail stores are friendly.  Kris and Dave at the Sevierville store are friends of ours.  They help us often.  We send customers to them.  They send customers to us.  In that kind of relationship, everyone wins.  The customer certainly wins.  That’s the whole idea.

I love our little industry.  Fly fishing is small.  We buy from companies who do business out of their home.  Seriously, they stock merchandise in their home. 

I’m glad I had the opportunity in my life to be involved in this business and sport.  I’ve met and become friends with a lot of people who are co-workers, customers, manufacturers and competitors.  Fly fishing is a friendly sport and a friendly industry. I like “friendly”. 

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

Byron Begley
September 20, 2015

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