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.  This is the first time, in a long time that I have written this report from the shop.  I usually do it at home, very early in the morning.  I drove here through dense fog at 7:30 am.  It is cool outside, 55 degrees.  There was hardly any traffic on the roads.  I may have seen 5 vehicles. 

Little River looks low and slow.  It usually looks that way this time of year.  Flow is currently 55 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.29 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 80 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am is 61.9 degrees.

Today will be sunny with temperatures rising to about 85 degrees.

Fishing is pretty good despite the low water. You will have to be extra stealthy today.  The bright sun and low water will cause the trout to be spooky and careful.  I would fish a dry and a dropper and expect most of the action to be on the dropper.  Use a Stimulator or Neversink Caddis, drop a Green or Pink Weenie off of that and fish.  Don’t bother with the pools.  The trout will be in the choppy water.  Fish shaded areas as much as possible.

The weather is going to change, drastically.  Tomorrow, we have a 100% chance for thunderstorms.  The chance tomorrow night is 60%.  The National Weather Service is saying, “A few storms may be strong to severe…with damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall being the main concerns”.

When we have a 100% chance for rain, it rains.

Now listen to this.  The low Friday night is expected to be in the mid 40’s.  The high Saturday may reach 60.  Then, Saturday night, expect lows in the mid to high 30’s. That was not a typo.  I meant 30’s.

Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with no chance for rain.

That is football weather for sure.  It is also fishing weather if the streams don’t get blown out tomorrow.  If they are not blown out, expect some awesome fishing unless we don’t get rain at all which is not likely.  I’m expecting good fishing this weekend.

Jack and the framing crew got the new boat house in the dry yesterday.  It is located right outside the front of our house.  It has a concrete floor and there will be a perfectly flat concrete pad outside to pull the trailers out when needed.  The inside walls will be lined with pegboard.  There will be an 18 foot garage door, power and water.  Everything will be well lit.  This is a dream come true for me.  I don’t know what we’ll use the barn for now. I guess we could raise hogs.

Now, the guys will build the carport.  They planned to start tomorrow.  I’d say it will be Monday before they start due to the rain.

I’m excited about that too.  I could attach a basketball goal to the carport.  Man, I can’t wait.  After all these years, I’ll finally have a basketball goal with a flat concrete surface.

There will be hurdles.  If we run in for a lay-up, we’ll run into the back of a Suburban.  The trucks will have to be removed before the game.

Then, if you miss, the ball has the potential to roll down a hill through the forest to the boat house.  I’ll need some kind of a removable net to catch the ball.

There is the floodlight problem.  We need floodlights on the carport.  That way I can play basketball at night.  What if the ball hits a floodlight?  I am not Lebron James.  I miss more than I hit, a lot more.

Maybe the goal should be mounted on a pole perpendicular to the carport.  That would solve a lot of other problems. The ball would roll though the forest down to the boat house less often and the likelihood of destroying the lighting would be reduced significantly.  No lay-ups there.  That oak tree can’t be moved for the game.

We’ll see how far this goes.  I’m getting less optimistic as this is being written. 

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

Byron Begley
October 2, 2014 

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