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 6:31 am, light rain is falling and the temperature is 56.3 degrees.  We have had less than an inch of rain in Townsend during the past two days according to a local online weather station. 

Expect rain today and it could be heavy at times.  We are under a flash flood watch.  2 to 4 inches of rain is possible, according to the National Weather Service. is predicting only 1/4 “.  WBIR indicates the rain will be light to moderate with possible heavier showers in the Smoky Mountains.

So, we have conflicting reports. Nobody knows for sure.  

Right now, Little River is in good shape, with a flow of 368 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.26 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 75 cfs.  The water temperature is 60.8 degrees.  The flow rate we have now is similar to what we see in the Spring when we have had rain, but we go fishing at this level.

If you go, watch the water.  Heavy rain upstream could cause a flash flood.  The ground is saturated.  If we don’t get the heavy rain, fishing could be excellent.  Just be careful.

I would use nymphs and heavy tippet.  This would be a good day to catch a trophy brown trout.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is warning they will be spilling water on the Tennessee River dams.  Expect a lot of current in Fort Loudoun Lake and others. 

I can see on the weather radar why there is concern.  A large band of rain is headed our way from the Atlantic.  Right now, most of it is in North Carolina and South Carolina. Whether it reaches us is uncertain.  I bet it does.

Fishermen went out yesterday but I don’t know how well they did.  I saw Little River several times.  It looked great.  The water was slightly stained in town, probably perfect for fishing.  The water temperatures in the lower elevations are perfect for trout.

Once this wet weather passes, we are going to enjoy some excellent fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains.  October can be hot and dry here.  Not this year.  The outlook through October 17th calls for cool temperatures and occasional rain.  Expect high temperatures in the 70’ and lows in the 50’s during this period.  You can’t ask for better than that. The average temperatures in the last half of October are a high of around 67 to 70 degrees with lows in the high 30’s to low 40’s. 

The brown and brook trout will be spawning soon.  They are preparing now.  Those trout are out in the open and colored for the spawn.  The rain we are getting now is a blessing for the future, this Fall.

We should have some very good fishing for smallmouth bass in the lowland rivers.  The rivers will certainly be floatable for at least a few days, maybe longer.  I would think about canoeing or kayaking down Little River right away, after the water settles down from this rain.  The rivers are probably stained downstream currently.

I’m really encouraged about Fall fishing right now.  This could be the Fall we remember for a long time.  You may want to plan some camping trips too.  We’ve got camping weather upon us.  Next week will be perfect.  I don’t see much chance for rain until next Sunday, after this rain moves through today and tomorrow.

We are busy at the shop.  September’s business increased over the year before, more than any month during the past year.  It was a good one.  This whole year has been awesome except February.

New gear is arriving.  The new Fishpond collection for 2016 will be trickling in over the next three weeks.  We will be selling Korkers again.  Their boots will be arriving in about two weeks.  The guys are stocking the fly tying department well.  That will continue in earnest to prepare for Fly Tyers Weekend and the Fall tying classes.  We have a lot of classes scheduled for both fly fishing and fly tying. 

I think our store will have a remarkable 4th quarter.

Maybe you should go fishing in the Smokies today.  It may be your only option.  Conditions could be great or maybe not.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens.  You could be waiting in the rivers, catching trout, and see what happens.  Right now, Little River is falling.

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

Byron Begley
October 3, 2015

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