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 beautiful outside this morning.  It is just after daybreak and the temperature is 62 degrees.  The weather websites say it is cooler in Townsend.  They are wrong.

Little River is flowing flow, below normal at 54 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.28 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 72 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:30 am is 54 degrees.

Though the water is low, this would be the perfect morning to be fishing in the Smokes.  You will need to be careful not to spook the trout.  Fish the riffles and deep runs where the water is choppy.  Dry flies and nymphs should work.  Don’t expect hand over fist fishing.  It won’t be that good, or I don’t think it will.  Fishing may be slow.  This is just going to be a nice morning in the forest.  Enjoy your day for now.

Rain and thunderstorms are coming from the West.  They have arrived in Nashville right now.  This is going to be a wet week.  We have a 70% chance for thunderstorms this afternoon, 80% tonight, 70% tomorrow and 40% Tuesday.  After a brief break, more rain is expected Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Highs should be in the 70’s with lows at night in the 50’s.

Of course, this is all subject to change. 

The acorns and walnuts stopped falling in the forest.  I think the wind took care of them Friday and Saturday.  But, the ground is covered.  Leaves are falling too.  I’m seeing spots of color on trees, a red one here and a yellow one there.  As of yesterday, there was no significant color in the forest at our elevation and up to 3,000 feet on the West slopes that we see from here.  It will probably happen all at once.  The cloud cover this week should bring it on.

Jack and the crew were supposed to begin building the new carport Friday.  The threat of rain postponed that until today.  Now, it seems it is postponed again.  Jack’s partner, Doug, is bringing siding and roof samples for Paula to see today.  The boat house will have a metal roof, a steel garage door and vinyl siding.  The carport will have a metal roof.

I contacted almost 40 fly tyers yesterday who will be participating in Fly Tyers Weekend, November 8th and 9th.  I asked them when they wanted to demonstrate.  We have four shifts, one morning and one afternoon each day.  It’s up to them.  You know what?  It is working out.  We are a little light Sunday afternoon so far.  That may change.  Some of them said they don’t care when they tie which gives me some flexibility.  Others want to tie all weekend. 

I will be hearing reports soon, that the brown trout are out in the open.  That is always an exciting time.  As they prepare to spawn, they seem to throw caution to the currents and get ready for their big day.  They will be fighting for the girls.  The big boys usually win.  It is fun to watch.  After it’s over, the local head hunters will be fishing for them.  They all catch and release, or at least those who I know.  Those fish are hard to catch.  It takes skill and patience.  Most fishermen don’t succeed.  Some do. 

Jack just came in.  He said he fished in the high elevations yesterday.  He said the water was very low and cold.  Fishing was slow, completely different from his experience up there a week ago.

Rain and warmer temperatures should improve fishing around here.  I just hope the rain doesn’t miss us this time.

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

Byron Begley
October 6, 2014 

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