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.  Good Monday morning to you.  It is early, 6:33 am and fairly warm outside, 51 degrees. 

According to the National Park Service tweets, the autumn colors are at their peak.  Some trees have shed at the highest peaks.  But overall, this is it in the Smokies.

The Park was packed with people this weekend.  There were accidents, including a Jeep running off the road and down to the river near the Sinks.  When you get that many people driving while looking at trees, accidents happen.  As of 22 hours ago, someone was still waiting to be airlifted off a mountain in the Park.  I can’t find any more details pertaining to that.  I think they were waiting for the fog to clear so the helicopter could land.

Little River is still flowing above normal at 131 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.65 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 82 cfs. The water temperature at 6:30 is 54.3 degrees.  Yesterday, the temperature climbed to 56 degrees.

Fishing is good and will most likely improve today.  It is going to be very warm, near 80 degrees or above.  Tomorrow will be almost that warm.  Then, we have a pretty good chance for rain Tuesday night and Wednesday.  I hope that happens.  Some more rain, with our good flows we have now, could even improve the water levels through next weekend.  Wednesday through Friday should be clear and cooler.

I would still use nymphs though dry flies may work fine.  Fishing reports are positive.  The conditions for fly fishing are excellent for this time of year.

Chuck Furimsky and I have been exchanging e-mails about Fly Tyers Weekend.  I wish he could be here.  He wants to.  He has conflicts with the weekend we are holding our show.  Chuck is a great fly tyer and I bet we can get him here next year if we hold this event again.  That all depends on how this one turns out.  I think it will be a “go” next year.

Chuck and his family own and run “The Fly Fishing Show”.  You can CLICK HERE to visit their website.  They hold fly fishing shows in Denver, CO, Marlborough, MA, Somerset, NJ, Winston-Salem, NC, Pleasanton, CA, Lynnwood, WA and Lancaster PA.  Chuck is also the director of the International Fly Tyers Symposium.  The Somerset show is the largest fly fishing show in the world.

I’ve been involved in holding several fly fishing events.  I had the honor to be Chair of Troutfest for three years.  I’ve overseen several smaller events.  I can tell you this, it’s a lot of work.  Many of you know.  You worked like I did on Troutfest.  We’ve always had a good team and good teams win. 

Chuck is part of a good team.  I’m sure they all work full time and more.  He sent me an e-mail late last night.  Imagine putting on that many “huge” fly fishing shows.  I can’t.

I can hear guys talking outside my man cave window. They are concrete contractors.  We’re pouring concrete today and tomorrow.  Jack and I built the forms last week.  After this pour, we’ll move the forms to the lower driveway and do it again.

I’m taking off two days this week.  That is rare.  I think that last happened in August this year.  I usually take one day off, Tuesday.  I always work on weekends.  Unless Jack and I are tearing out and rebuilding concrete forms, I’m going to totally clean and organize my workshop this week.  It’s a mess. 

I’m preparing for two major projects, finishing the inside of the boat house and upgrading the interior and equipment in our boat.  That should keep me busy all Winter.  And, there are projects that are work related, big ones.  Work always takes priority but this week, I’m off two days.

Next year is going to be a fishing year for me.  I’m going fishing every day I can, several times each week.  Paula is up for it too.  I want to do more local fishing.  This year we went to Florida for a week and kayak fished.  I floated some rivers for smallmouth bass and trout this summer.  But, because of this house remodel, I have not fished Little River once this year and it is only 5 minutes away.  I think we went to the lake maybe 4 or 5 times.  This is just not usual.  I don’t like it.  I have really enjoyed working with Jack on the house.  Next year, I want to fish more with Jack.

Fishing, especially fly fishing, has always been a big part of my life.  There were times, when my work was stressful, and fly fishing was my only escape.  I haven’t had much work stress in the past 25 years.  I didn’t need an escape.  I fish now because I love it and can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. 

I’m 63 years old and could retire any time.  That is not in my plans.  My plans include work and more fly fishing, with a heavy emphasis on fly fishing.

I’m seeing the same thought process going through the minds of my friends.  Many of my close friends are my age. They are all thinking the same thing.  Some have made or are making major changes in their lives.  I’m not ready for that.  I talked to one of my friends last weekend who sold a chain of restaurants a few months ago.  He is happy but I think he may be bored.  I spent 5 years during my life, in my late 30’s and early 40’s. that I didn’t work at all.  I was extremely bored.  I learned a valuable lesson.

Paula and I got married, we got into the fly fishing business and the boredom went away.  Boredom would be my downfall, both physically and mentally.  I know it and I’m not going to let that happen again.  That’s why I’ll probably work until I can’t.

I hope you all can go fishing more.  We should all plan to do that.

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

Byron Begley
October 27, 2014
  

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