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.  It is daybreak.  I’m at home.  Crows are calling outside.  It is 61 degrees.  When I came home yesterday, I looked up at the mountains.  The colors are changing at the higher elevations. The peak we see from almost everywhere in our house is Rich Mountain.  I think the elevation there is around 3,000 feet.  Our house is at 1,200 feet.  At the top of the mountain and about 500 feet down, I could see red and yellow hues.

The big storm missed us for the most part yesterday.  It veered off to the East.  Little River is higher this morning, just above normal at 83 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.45 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 79 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:10 am is 62.5 degrees.

Fishing should be very good today.  Flow is normal and the temperature is perfect.  The water temperature will be dropping as this cold front moves in.  Today will be sunny with a high of 61 degrees.  The low temperature tonight is expected to be 36 degrees and there is a frost warning for early tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be beautiful, sunny and 65 degrees.

Trout may be taking dry flies today and tomorrow.  It’s hard to say for sure.  I feel certain nymphs will work.  Cold water will be rushing down the mountains tonight.  I’m anxious to see what the temps look like tomorrow. 

I saw a lot of vehicles moving into town last night.  Evidently, the Fall tourist season has begun.

We may get rain Monday night and Tuesday.  There is a fair chance for that.  Next week could be a very good time to be fishing here, especially if we get more rain.

I will be working at home today on Fly Tyers Weekend.  It is a little more than a month away.  Wilson Reynolds, who owns Tremont Lodge and Resort called me yesterday.  We will speak again today and we may have a conference call with Scott Sanchez.  Scott lives in Jackson, Wyoming.  He will be here for the event.  Today, we will discuss what he will do at Fly Tyers Weekend.

I want him to be tying flies.  He is an unbelievable fly tyer. Scott is known for creating many flies.  One is the “Double Bunny”.  The Double Bunny won the Jackson Hole One Fly Event 3 years in a row, 1992 through 1994.  Another well know pattern invented by Scott is the “Convertible”.

Scott started teaching fly tying classes at age 14.  He has written three books, “A New Generation of Trout Flies”, “Tying Saltwater Flies” and “The Never Ending Stream”. 

I think Scott should also be selling and signing books at Fly Tyers Weekend.  We will talk about that today.

I met Scott years ago and talked to him recently on the phone.  He is a talented guy, no doubt about that.  Most importantly to me, he is a very nice guy.

Scott is the Fishing Manager at High Country Outfitters in Jackson, Wyoming.

Fly Tyers Weekend will be held November 8th and 9th, in Townsend at the Lodge.  The event is free to the public.  Just show up.  I think we will have about 35 to 45 fly tyers demonstrating for you in shifts and talking about fly fishing.

Food will be served at the event by Casting For Recovery as a fundraiser.

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

Byron Begley
October 4, 2014

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