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 Sunday morning, 7:30 am, barely daybreak and the temperature at our house is 35 degrees.  I looked around, glanced at the orchard and did not see any frost.  It may be out there, I just can’t see it from here.

Little River is flowing at 57 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.30 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 74 cfs based on 50 years of data.  The water temperature dropped last night like a rock, to 54 degrees.

I don’t know what to expect this morning.  The trout may be in shock temporarily.  Or they could be active.  That was a sharp temperature decline.  It will be sunny and warmer later with a high of 66 degrees.

My guess is, go with nymphs.  Though the water temperature is within the trout’s preferred range, it certainly feels different to them.  Start with nymphs fished deep early then switch to dry flies later after the sun has warmed the water.

I probably would not use shiny bead head flies.  The water is low and very clear.  If you want to use a bead for weight, go with copper or black.  A Quasimodo Pheasant Tail nymph is a great pattern to use when the water is clear.  That fly has a copper bead. 

You can slide a bead onto your leader, then tie on a non-bead head nymph.  I do that a lot when I’m fishing for bluegill.  You can choose your weight, and even use tungsten.  By sliding the bead on, you don’t weaken your tippet by clamping on a piece of weight.  You can buy beads in fly tying departments at fly shops.

Other pattern choices should include a Tellico Nymph, Hare’s Ear or Prince.  If they have rubber legs, all the better.

It is going to be a nice day to be in the mountains.  Wear more clothing than you expect.  Layer up, then de-layer as necessary. 

We will be open today of course, from 9 am until 5 pm.  We are always open on Sunday.  I’ll be there doing the weekly bookkeeping chores.

I spent all day yesterday, working on Fly Tyers weekend.  I contacted each fly tyer by e-mail or those who use e-mail.  We have a couple who don’t.  Actually we have three who don’t.  Good for them!

We have right at 40 fly tyers.  They will be demonstrating in the Conference Center at Tremont Lodge and Resort, Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th.  This event is free to the public.  All you have to do is show up.

I asked each fly tyer, what time slots they want to tie.  Some may elect to tie all day one day.  Others may tie all weekend.  And there are those who will only tie 4 hours during the weekend.  This event will be fun for them and many may want to watch others and learn what they know. 

These folks are coming from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Wyoming, South Carolina and North Carolina.  Many are friends who meet at tying events and FFF Conclaves.  This serves as a homecoming for them, in a nice place to be in November.  These anglers fish for many different species with a fly rod.  There will be largemouth bass fishermen, saltwater anglers and lots of trout folks who specialize on tailwaters or freestone streams.  There will be smallmouth bass fishermen.  Some are striper anglers. 

Some are writers.  Many are professional guides. Some have tied flies to sell.  Others just love to teach and share.  They are young and they are older, from 11 years old to 75, maybe older than that.  Many of these people are real pros and all of them have fishing and tying talent.

Non-profit fly fishing organizations will be represented.  Casting for Recovery plans to sell food and drinks at the kitchen/food service center in the building.  Project Healing Waters will be there.  TU Chapters will be there.  Many FFF members will attend. 

This event is going to be something special.  We did this before years ago but on a much smaller scale.  I’m hoping this will be successful and become an annual event. 

I’ll be cranking up the marketing this week.  Tens of thousands of you have seen the ads on this page and our home page for a couple of months.  You will be getting e-mail reminders if you are on our e-mail newsletter list.  If you are not, you can join below.


So, here we go.  Fly Tyers Weekend is a little over a month away.

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

Byron Begley
October 5, 2014

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