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 6:58 am, the temperature is 62.1 degrees.  More rain is predicted today with a high temperature of 73 degrees.  One weather website states the odds at 80% for rain.  Another says 20%.  Two weather locations reported over ½ inch of rain fell over the past 24 hours.

Little River is flowing higher than normal for the first time in a while at 94 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.41 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 76 cfs.  The water temperature is 63.9 degrees this morning.

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains should be very good today due to higher flows and cooler water temperatures.  You could find some stained water somewhere in the Park but I doubt it.  I don’t know for sure.  It will be overcast today which is another favorable condition for anglers.  This is just a good day to go fishing, at least in the Smoky Mountains.

Generation schedules are somewhat favorable today on many trout tailwaters in our area, including Norris and Cherokee dams.  The water should be turned off at Center Hill Dam this afternoon.  There will be periods of generation on all three at times today, but they may be brief with longer periods of no generation.  Check the TVA website and see if you can work with their schedules on your favorite trout tailwater.

There will be many events going on in Townsend today.  Crafts shows, music, the Country Fair, and other organizations will be celebrating Fall and the Southern Appalachian heritage.  Hopefully the rain will hold off.  Just come to Townsend and find the events you are interested in.  Check the Heritage Center, the Visitors Center, Nawger Knob and the Railroad Museum.  There is plenty to do and see in Townsend today.  Or, go fishing.  Check the schedule of events this weekend by CLICKING HERE.

I’m working on the Fly Tyers Weekend website.  You can see it by CLICKING HERE.  Fly Tyers Weekend will be held November 7th & 8th at Tremont Lodge and Resort in Townsend.

For the first time, the event will be a partnership with the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (SECFFF), Tremont Lodge and our shop.   

There will be about 46 fly tyers, demonstrating both days in shifts. This will be open to the public and FREE!

Saturday night, SECFFF will host a BBQ and showing of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival and hold a fundraiser auction.  Tickets for the film showing can be bought at our shop or ordered online.  The advanced cost is $15 per ticket.  There will also be some fly tying classes held at our shop, for a fee.  Money raised from those classes, the film showing, and auction will benefit the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians.

This is gong to be a great event and you should plan to be here.  I hope to finish the Fly Tyers Weekend website today.  One page is finished.  I’ve got three to go.

I can’t thank Marvin Cash and Anthony Hipps enough, for all the great planning they have done for this event.  Mike Bryant, President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited has been essential to the planning too. 

Fly Tyers Weekend began in 2004 at our shop.  We rented a heated tent and invited tyers to come.  Back then, advertising was done using direct mail, which was very expensive.  I may be mistaken, but I think we paid about $5,000 to put the event on.  After three years of this successful two-day event, we decided it was too expensive and stopped holding it. 

Wilson Reynolds bought Tremont Lodge and Resort which includes a large indoor conference center.  He is an avid fly fisherman and asked me to come up with some events to be held at the lodge.  Since he was not charging for the use of the conference center, and now, advertising can be done using the internet, the cost dropped to almost nothing.  We brought Fly Tyers Weekend back last year and it was a huge success.

Fly tyers Weekend is held at a time when the tourism business in Townsend comes to a halt.  So, this event is great for our town and the businesses here, not just our store and Tremont Lodge. 

The fly tyers loved it.  Some of them are SECFFF leaders and officers.  They decided to get the Federation of Fly Fisheres directly involved.  I welcomed their idea and their extensive planning expertise, along with their long list of fly tyers.  They have an excellent marketing machine, through their members, e-mail list and website.  So, they took the ball and ran with it.  And that is how we got to where we are.

SECFFF will be marketing to people I miss.  I will be advertising to people they miss.  It’s a win/win combination. 

If you are not on our e-mail list, you can sign up below and receive more information about Fly Tyers Weekend.  Our first e-mail blast will go out next week, announcing this event to several thousand fly fishermen.

Well, I hope you can be here for Fly Tyers Weekend.  I’m going to be talking about it often over the next few weeks.  And, I hope you can go fly fishing this weekend.  It’s probably going to be a good one.

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

Byron Begley
September 26, 2015

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