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.  We are getting some rain this morning and the temperature is 60 degrees in Townsend.

Little River is flowing at 156 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.74 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 68 cfs.  The water temperature at 6:48 am is 63 degrees.

We do have a chance for rain today.  It appears, by looking at the radar, heavy rain is not a threat.  That could change.

Today may be a great fishing day in the Smoky Mountains if the water is clear in the stream you intend to fish.  The water is higher than normal but not too high for us anglers at this point.  And, the water temperatures are very good.  Trout should be very active.

It was cloudy most of the day yesterday.  I noticed a distinct change in the colors of the trees.  Reds and yellows are replacing green.  It’s coming.

If you go fishing today nymphs will probably work best. However, dry flies may produce too.  Be ready for anything.  The trout should be feeding well and they will be spread out due to the higher water.  

Fly Tyers Weekend is coming soon.  I worked on that at least half the day yesterday.  We have exactly 40 fly tyers lined up for you to visit with during the weekend of November 8th and 9th.  This is a FREE event.  All you have to do is show up at Tremont Lodge and Resort right in the middle of Townsend.  CLICK HERE to see the lineup of fly tyers.

Many of these people are professional guides.  Some are just plain good fishermen.  There will be trout fishermen, bass anglers, saltwater and striper fishermen and some people who tie and fish for panfish.  There will be a wide variety of fly fishing enthusiasts and tyers for you to enjoy all weekend.

We will be posting our Fly Tying Class schedule soon.  Fly tying classes will begin in November and run through February of 2015.  I will have a link to that schedule on this page as soon as it is available.

Any day, you will be seeing brown trout out and in the open as they prepare to spawn.  We don’t see them as often until the spawn as the large ones prefer to feed at night, staying hidden during the day. 

Fly fishing for bass in the lakes is picking up as the water cools.  TWRA reports the fish can be found in shallow water in creeks and coves.  Smallmouth bass should be hanging around wood structure in shallow water.

We will be open today so come on by.

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

Byron Begley
October 12, 2014

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