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 dark outside and 40 degrees.  It is chilly right now but we are expecting a beautiful day with a high of 66 degrees.  This weekend is going to be really nice, no rain, highs in the low 70’s and lows in the 40’s.

Little River is flowing at over twice normal this morning.  Flow is 179 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.82 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 77 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:05 am is 51 degrees.

Fly fishing in the Smokies is very good.  We could not ask for better water levels in the streams.  The water temperature is chilly this morning.  I would wait a while if you don’t plan to fish all day.  Give the streams a chance to warm some.  You will probably catch trout early but do better later.  I would use nymphs this morning.

Nymphs or dry flies should both produce later today.  The high elevation streams will be cold early.  I don’t know what the temperature is at LeConte Lodge is right now but yesterday morning, the low was 26 degrees.

The mountains are beautiful, with colors of gold, red and yellow.  It is definitely Fall here.  No doubt about that.

I was off yesterday.  I went down to the barn early and started our boat’s motor.  I try to do that every week.  We haven’t used her much this year.  This house remodel has taken up all of my time off since July.

Jack was here yesterday and we built the forms for the concrete drive and carport on the upper driveway.  I’ve never done that.  Jack has.  It’s work.  The hard part is driving the grade stakes and screwing them to the forms.  We used all kinds of leftover material from the previous projects.  We bent plywood to make the curves in the drive and turnaround. 

It’s ready to pour.  I think the concrete finishers will come tomorrow.  It should be a two day job.  They will probably finish Monday.  Then, Jack and I will remove the forms, disassemble them, and build the forms again for the lower drive pad in front of the boat house.  That will be much easier.

Jack is a woodsman.  He knows everything about trees and animals.  We picked up some lumber and I found what looked like a baby horned toad.  At first we thought it was dead.  I picked it up and it moved.  It must have been in the beginning stages of hibernation.  I carried the little animal into the forest, dug a shallow hole, placed it in the hole and covered everything with leaves.  I hope he makes it.

We were sitting on the deck looking at the mountains and all the trees.  The ground is littered with acorns.  I’ve never seen so many.  We had a massive mast crop this year.  We gathered some white oak acorns, peeled and ate them.  They are great to eat.  Jack said the red oak acorns are awful.  According to him, white oak acorns are the favorite of wildlife and humans.

I’m not much of a consumer of things you find in the forest without adult supervision.  I could easily mistake a poison sumac berry for a wild grape.  I might get ramps mixed up with poison ivy. I know my limits and browsing in the forest for food is one of them.  You need to be with a mountain grown man like Jack to be safe. 

Tomorrow, Mike Bryant and I are going to Tremont Lodge and design the layout for Fly Tyers Weekend.  We’ll be with Coleen, who is the new sales person at the Lodge.  The layout will be complicated.  Mike ran a fly fishing show for ten years.  He knows what to do. 

We will have as many as 20 fly tyers demonstrating at one time in the two floor event center.  There will also be tables for non-profits like TU Chapters and Project Healing Waters.  The kitchen will most likely be run by Casting For Recovery volunteers.  They plan to sell food as a fund raiser during the event.  The kitchen will need to be inspected by the Health Department prior to opening it up for business.

Parking will be an issue.  We plan to use the Townsend Elementary School for excess vehicles.  It is close by. 

Each tying station will need power for the fly tyer’s lights. 

There is a lot to figure out.  I’m sure we will measure the dimensions of each room and do a scaled layout on my Mac.  We’ve done that many times for Troutfest.

The fly tyers are lined up and scheduled.  There are 40 different people who will be tying at different times. 

Fly Tyers Weekend will be held November 8th and 9th.  This is a partnership arrangement with the lodge and Little River Outfitters.  The new owner of the lodge is an avid fly fisherman and asked me months ago to come up with some events.  This is the first.  The lodge has the only facility in Townsend that is large enough for an event like this one. 

You can learn more by clicking below the Fly Tyers Weekend ad below.  There are several web pages pertaining to the event.  I put a small menu on the left to guide you through the pages.

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

Byron Begley
October 23, 2014

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