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 overcast and 53 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The rain is over for a while.  We got plenty and the streams in the Park a full.

Little River is flowing at 759 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.06 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 85 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:15 am is 56.5 degrees.  It appeared to be pretty clear when I drove by this morning.

Flows at this level are fishable but you should be careful wading.  There is a lot of strong current in Little River and other streams. 

This would be a good day to do some “High Sticking” near the bank.  I would use nymphs with a short line, heavily weighted and dredging the runs.  You may be surprised at what you will catch.  Large trout are taken from these streams when the water is high but you have to be careful.  Don’t try to wade in deep water.

You do not have to be as stealthy when the water is high. You can fish fairly close to the trout. 

I would not say the fishing conditions are ideal for catching a lot of fish but you could have a good day. The water temperature is fine. The trout should be active.

The good news is, we have nice weather in the forecast.  There is a slight chance for showers today and a high of 63 degrees.  We had that shower earlier I think.  Then, through the weekend it is going to sunny with no rain expected.  Highs will be in the 60’s with lows in the 40’s.  I believe fishing will be very good this weekend.  We could see some spawning action from the browns.  Jack told me yesterday, it’s time. 

The stream levels will be perfect this weekend.  It is going to be beautiful in the mountains.  The trees are turning in the valley but they are nowhere near peak, from what I can see.  Since many leaves have dropped, we have a clear view of the mountains from our house.  Yesterday, the peaks looked to be colored fairly well. 

It was hard for me to tell exactly because I had two kidney stones Monday night, spent part of Tuesday in the Emergency Room and yesterday I was taking hard core pain pills every four hours.  The whole day was pretty much blur.  Today, I’m fine.  I’m at the shop and feeling good.  I hope that continues.

Roofers showed up at the house this morning.  They will install a metal roof on the carport and boat house that are under construction.  The siding and the garage door will be installed on the boat house next week. 

Jack and I will do the electrical work and run a water line.  Then, we’ll finish the walls with pegboard and paint them.  There are concrete pads to be poured outside the boat house and carport, but we’ll have to wait until the leaves fall before that is done.

Then, I can start moving the boats, boat gear and fishing tackle into the boat house.  I can’t wait until that day.  The kayaks and canoe will be hung on a wall using special brackets.  The kayak trailer will be leaned against that wall.  I’m buying a tongue retractor kit for the kayak/canoe trailer to allow for that. 

The boat and trailer will occupy the center of the building.  All the other stuff, rods, reels, boat gear and anything to do with fishing will be in one central location, the boat house. 

I like to keep about 8 or so rods and reels lined up and ready to go.  They will be on the back wall hung on pegboard brackets.

Waders will be hung on the wall.  Everything will be there. 

Of course, I’ll spend a lot of time in that building.  I’ve dreamed about a place like this for as long as I can remember.  This has been planned for years. Finally, it is happening.

Fall fishing is upon us.  The lakes are cooling.  The rivers have plenty of water.  It is comfortable outside.  Brown and brook trout will be spawning soon.  Smallmouth bass fishing should be good until the water gets too cold.  Then, we can count on Winter again.  That’s fly tying time for me and many other anglers.  Fly tying gets us through the Winter, which is not very long in our part of the country, thankfully.

Check out Fly Tyers Weekend at the link below.  Now that is a good way to begin Winter.  There you will meet many fly fishing enthusiasts, great anglers and professional guides and it is free.  The leaf lookers will probably be gone by then, unless this crazy weather we’ve had delays the color turn.  Early November is a great time to visit Townsend, usually.

The dates are November 8th and 9th.  We have 40 people here for you to meet and watch tie flies.  You can talk to them about fly fishing in their area.  They are coming from Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Wyoming.  This is going to be fun.  You should plan on being here.

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

Byron Begley
October 16, 2014 

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