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 in Townsend, Tennessee.  At 6:16 am, the temperature is 57.9 degrees.  Yesterday was windy as predicted. We didn’t get much rain during the day.  It would have been a better fishing day than I thought.

It did rain last night. Little River rose to 218 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.88 feet on the flow gauge. The river has peaked and on it’s way back down. Median flow for this date is 98 cfs.  The water temperature is 59.2 degrees this morning. 

The rain has pretty much moved out of our forecast until Sunday.  It is going to be cool, comfortable and dry until then.

I think fishing will be excellent today.  You may encounter stained water in some streams early.  I don’t know for sure at this point. Flow in Little River is very good right now for fishing and wading.  The water temperature is in the preferred range for trout.  I believe this is going to be a good weekend to fish in the Park. 

Leaves fell yesterday due to the wind, but the mountains in the lower elevations, I saw, were still beautiful last night.  I expect a lot of traffic in the Park this weekend, which is great for the tourism business in our area, but causes some slowdowns and accidents on the roads in and out of the Park.  That should not deter you from fishing.  There are ways to avoid the traffic and fish many streams in the Smokies. Most of the visitors are looking at Fall colors, not fishing.

There are anglers in the Park though. Fall is a wonderful time to spend on a trout stream.  You’ve got leaves in the water to deal with and there will be more to come.  Sure, it is an inconvenience. We are not there to catch a leaf.  We are there for many reasons.

My friend Jack says, “Fishing is about where you are and who you are with”.  I agree.  Catching a fish was my goal when I was younger.  Now, I’m just happy to be alive and able to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer.  Like most of you, I love streams, rivers, ponds, the ocean and lakes.  To me, at this point, just being there is enough. Catching or fooling a fish, with my fly is a bonus. If you don’t understand that, you will some day.

We all love waders and boats.  Some anglers prefer waders and hate boats.  Boats are a hassle and a storage problem for some.  Outboard motors are considered by many to be a constant nightmare. 

Not to me.  I love boats.  We’re probably the only people you know who have a wooden canoe hanging on the wall in their great room.  Ours hangs above the fireplace and it’s been there for many years.  It’s identical to the one you see on the floor at the shop, just prettier. Paula and I love our canoes, kayaks and our small motorized fishing boat.  I think we love boating as much as we love fly fishing. I know for a fact I do.

Paula and I took a fishing vacation to Florida two weeks ago.  As usual, vacations put you behind at work.  I’ve worked 10 days straight, so today, I’m off.  I’m going to Knoxville to buy a few hundred pounds of bird seed to get us through the Winter.  We buy in bulk to save money and insure quality. 

I hope you have a wonderful day and go fishing if you can.

Thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
October 29, 2015

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