Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  At 6:02 am, the temperature is a warm 51.6 degrees. Last night, Paula and I watched as darkness fell.  It was so comfortable outside. Before dark, the wild turkeys were very active.  We could hear them clucking and walking through the woods. We saw a few, but mostly just heard them. 

Now that many of the leaves have fallen, we have a good view of Scott and Rich Mountains from our front porches.  The view last night was spectacular.  It will only get better as more leaves disappear.

It will be mostly cloudy today and tomorrow.  High temperatures will be in the 70’s. Lows will be in the 50’s.  No rain is expected today.  There is a slight chance for rain tomorrow.  This will be a perfect fishing weekend in the Smokies, mostly due to the stream temperatures and cloudy skies.

Little River is flowing at 80 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.34 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 77 cfs. The water temperature is 54.1 degrees this morning.

Rain chances next week range from 40% to 80% Monday through Thursday.  Weather websites indicate light rain each day. 

Fly fishing for trout in the Smokies is good and this weekend should be very good.  The water levels are low, but not quite as low as normal for this date.  The cloud cover will be beneficial.  The water temperatures are great in the low to mid elevations. Use dry flies or nymphs.  I don’t know what will work best.  Try both, using a dry and a dropper.  Then, adjust.

Traffic is heavy.  The fall colors are spectacular in the low to mid elevations and people will be out there to enjoy their beauty. 

The news here lately, mentions bear activity often.  WBIR has yet another on their website this morning.  You can read it by CLICKING HERE.  The message the Park Service is trying to get across to us is, leave them alone and let them eat.  And, don’t feed them.

Fly fishing for trout on the tailwaters has been good if you can find a decent generation schedule.  Check the TVA website and see if you can work with their generation schedules today.  There may be some opportunities.

Fishing has been good in the lower reaches of Little River for warmwater species.  By lower, I mean way down stream, near the Tennessee River.  Fishing may be fine in the mid sections too, I don’t know.  The water is low.

If you live in Middle Tennessee, you should attend the “Down the Hatch” Fly Fishing Film Festival, to be held at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville Wednesday night October 28th.  This will be a fun evening.  For $25, you can enjoy the film, free food and free craft beer.  This evening is brought to you by Orvis Nashville and the Yazoo Brewery.  Read more by CLICKING HERE. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Harpeth River Watershed Association.  The Harpeth River is one of my favorites.

Two weeks from today, Fly Tyers Weekend will be held here in Townsend at Tremont Lodge and Resort.  This event is brought to you by Tremont Lodge, the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of  Fly Fisheres and Little River Outfitters.  We’ll have two full days of free fly tying demonstrations, with 47 fly tyers, tying in shifts.  Saturday night, there will be a showing of  the International Fly Fishing Fillm Festival IF4.  That will be held outside at the Lodge’s outdoor movie theater, weather permitting.  If the weather is not suitable, it will be held indoors.  

You can learn more about Fly Tyers Weekend by CLICKING HERE.

I’ll be working on our website today and tying Knuckleheads when I need a break.  When the Tennessee/Alabama football game starts, I’ll be listening and watching that, and tying Knuckleheads.  My goal is to tie 2,500 over the next 12 months.  I should end up tying 1,700 this year. 

I’m expecting higher demand in 2016 now that trout fishermen figured out how well they work. That was unexpected. I’m also expecting our 6-packs to sell well during the holidays.  Tying 2,500 in a year works out to 7 per day.  I will also be tying them at Fly Tyers Weekend.  If you want to see our Knucklehead tying tutorial, CLICK HERE.

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

Byron Begley
October 24, 2015

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