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 7:28 am, morning has broken and it is just barely daylight outside.  It appears to be overcast right now.  I could hear crows calling already when I was outside earlier.  The temperature on our front porch is 52 degrees, a little warmer than the airport reading.  That’s unusual.

Little River’s flow is gradually dropping.  Currently the flow is 319 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.22 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 79 cfs.  The water temperature is 55.5 degrees.

I think fishing should be very good today.  I worked at home all day yesterday adding flies to our online store.  I didn’t talk to any customers.  So I don’t have any reports.  I do know the flows are on the high side but very fishable.  We see flows like this in May, not October.  My best guess at this point would be to use nymphs.  That seems to work best when the water is high and not many bugs are hatching.  Dry flies might work well too.  Give it a try.  I do know for sure, this is going to be a beautiful day, one you should enjoy on a trout stream somewhere.  I would choose here.

The forest is beautiful.  The Fall colors are splendid.  It was so comfortable outside yesterday.  I stepped out a few times and looked at the mountains.  Expect traffic in the Park.  It’s that time of the year.

To many, Fall is their favorite time to fish the Smokies.  There is so much going on.  The brown and brook trout are colored up for the spawn.  Rainbow trout are active.  It is comfortable.  The scenery is beautiful.  The air is clear.  You can see miles further than you can during the warm months.  Wildlife is busy, gathering and eating as they prepare for Winter. 

Fishing this Fall is better than most because we have water in the streams.  October has been wet so far.   

I’m reading and hearing a lot of comments about Daniel Munger.  He joined our team Monday.  Everyone likes Dan.  So do I.  Everyone who works in the store likes Dan. Not only is he a very accomplished angler, he’s just plain friendly.  It’s a heart felt friendly, not a show.  

We take being friendly seriously.  It’s been that way since day one.  I had been mistreated in fly shops too many times before our store opened.  I didn’t want us to be one of those. 

We’ve had people working with us who had people skill flaws.  They didn’t last very long.  A couple lasted longer than they should have.  There are 11 of us working here, mostly part time.  Some weeks it is less, maybe 5 people, depending on our school schedule. 

I know these people well.  I consider all of them friends and friendly.  Not only are we friendly, we want to help other anglers for the right reasons.  Little River Outfitters is no place to work for those with egos.  If you are not sincere about helping people, you don’t work here.

We all have a very sincere love of fly fishing too.  There is a lot of knowledge to be found here.  Walter and Bill Bolinger have the most experience. Bill fishes at least once a week, often in the Park and on the tailwaters.  Walter has been at it for over 60 years. 

Josh, David and Rob guide so they are out there several days a week.  Glenn fishes often. He loves saltwater fishing too. Paul has plenty of fly fishing experience and he was a boy scout leader.  He has introduced many young people to fly fishing. 

Daniel has spent his time on the water.  Lately he is raising a family, horses and working a lot.  I’ve been fly fishing since I was young.  We all know David Knapp is an avid angler.  Brian is an accomplished Smokies angler and also ventures out to other freestone streams, lakes and ponds.  Chuck is an avid angler, fishing the Park and tailwaters.  He has been fly fishing for a long time.  Now Daniel Munger is here, bringing even more varied experience from places far away like Canada, Colorado and Argentina. 

All we do, all day long is talk about fly fishing at work.  We talk to each other, we talk to customers and a few of us write about fly fishing. Sometimes I talk to myself.   David and I write about fly fishing every day.  Josh and Rob write about fly fishing on a regular basis.  People read what we write.

I guess I’m feeling very proud of our team right now and expressing my feelings.

I hope we are all together, working as a team, for a very long time. We all love what we do.  We love taking good care of you.

I’ll be at the store all day, doing the book work.  Oh Boy!  I’ll be talking about fishing to myself again.

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

Byron Begley
October 19, 2014

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