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 6:33, light rain is falling and the temperature is 52.5 degrees.  Rain will continue today through Wednesday night.  We are under a high wind warning tonight through tomorrow morning.  Wind of 30 to 34 miles per hour, with gust at 60 miles per hour are expected.  High temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s with lows in the 50’s are expected through the period.

Little River is flowing at 86 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.37 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 82 cfs.  The water temperature is 57.9 degrees.

Fishing conditions are excellent.  Flows are normal, the water temperatures are in the trout’s preferred range and it is going to be cloudy.  Trout are active.  Brown and brook trout are spawning.  Some females are preparing by fanning nests.  It is not a good idea to target these spawning females when fishing and avoid wading through the nests for the next few weeks.  These females are our future. 

Tomorrow morning and maybe during the day may not be a good time to be fishing in the Park due to the expected high wind.

Traffic in the Park is very heavy.  Fall colors are at peak in the mid to low elevations. It is beautiful here right now and people are out in record numbers enjoying the views.  I walked around our home last evening looking at trees.  The colors are spectacular. 

Lake fishing reports have been mixed but some anglers are doing well using threadfin shad patterns for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, stripers and white bass. Cloudy days are made for this kind of fishing.  Shad rise to the surface, following plankton, which are light intolerant.  When plankton is on the surface, the shad are there, followed by the gamefish.  It is going to be cloudy most days this week.  I would not go to a lake near the mountains tomorrow, due to the expected wind.

It was announced today, the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, located here, donated $19,000 to Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s fisheries department. 

The Park relies on donations like this one, and leverage that money to obtain more grants for their work.  Additionally, a huge amount of volunteers work with the Park Service providing labor for all of their projects.  This has been ongoing for over 20 years.  TU members from several chapters around the Smokies volunteer.  You can read an article in the Daily Times by CLICKING HERE.  It’s a good one.

The Little River Chapter of TU was formed in 1992 to specifically support fisheries projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I think we were actually chartered in 1993, but organization work began before then.

If you live in Middle Tennessee, or can travel there tomorrow, the Orvis Down the Hatch film will be shown in Nashville at the Belcourt Theater tomorrow night.  This event benefits the Harpeth River Watershed Association.  It is brought to you by Orvis Nashville and the Yazoo Brewery.  Click on the “Learn More” button on the top of this page, to the left to learn more.

Fly Tyers Weekend will be held November 7th and 8th in Townsend at Tremont Lodge and Resort.  We have several web pages devoted to this event.  You can access them by clicking on the “Learn More” button in the ad below the Orvis ad.  This is an event you should not miss.  The fly tying demonstrations are free both days. 

There will be a showing of the IF4 International Film Festival, along with dinner, raffles and an auction Saturday night.  There is a $15 charge for tickets if you buy them in advance.  You can buy them online or at Little River Outfitters, using cash or check. This part of the event is hosted by SECFFF.

Fly Tyers Weekend is brought to you by the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Tremont Lodge and Resort and Little River Outfitters.

Kent Edmonds, our sales representative for many manufacturers, including Chota and Temple Fork was at the shop yesterday.  I happened to be there and I’m glad I was.  We saw the new Chota wading boots again.  They will be available next Winter and you will love them.  I do.

We also had the opportunity to cast the new Temple Fork Impact fly rods, in larger sizes than I had cast before.  They are higher end rods costing over $300.  They are amazing.  The blank on the 8 weight looked to be as small as one on a normal 5 weight. These fly rods are going to be a big hit and the are available now.  You can read more and order one by CLICKING HERE.  If you don’t like it, send it back for a refund.  You will like them very much.  I do.

We don’t have the heavier line weight rods on the online store right now.  If you want one of those, call us at 865-448-9459 to order.

Today looks like a good fishing day to me.  I hope you can get out there and enjoy this beautiful scenery and fine Fall fly fishing.

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

Byron Begley
October 27, 2015

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