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 and 37 degrees this morning.  We have a 60% chance for rain today. Tonight, the rain will change to snow and turn back to rain tomorrow afternoon.  That is here in the valley.  We probably won’t have a problem down here. However, one weather website is reporting accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in the lower elevations tonight. 

In the mountains we have a different story. Here is what the National Weather Service has to say.

“A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN REGION TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES FOR THE WEEKEND. A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR TONIGHT AND SATURDAY ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND THE EAST TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS.”

That will be pretty to see in the mountains from here.  Expect road closures in the higher elevations of  Great Smoky Mountains National Park tonight, Saturday and maybe after that.  Of course, this is all subject to change.

Little River is flowing at 107 cubic feet per second (cfs)  or 1.56 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 85 cfs. The water temperature plunged to 50 degrees overnight.  It will be colder than that over the weekend.

I’m watching the weather forecast for next weekend.  We are holding Fly Tyers Weekend on November 8th and 9th.  Right now it looks great.  It will be warmer and dry.  We could see light rain on Sunday.

Fishing has been good.  I talked to some anglers yesterday in the shop.  Most reported catching trout. Fishing will slow down this weekend due to the colder temperatures.

If you go, use nymphs.  You should do OK today.  One option would be to fish in Little River in the stocked area through town and into the Park.  Anglers are catching the stocked fish and I’ve seen quite a few people fishing in town lately. 

I talked to Mike Bone yesterday.  He guides mostly on the Clinch River and Holston River.  He is working around TVA release schedules.  Mike can usually work out a plan for those who wish to fish the tailwaters.  Mike will be tying Sunday morning at Fly Tyers Weekend. 

I am meeting with Lindsay Long this morning. Lindsay is in charge of the local Casting for Recovery  (CFR) Chapter in our area.  Casting for Recovery is a National Organization, that raises money and hosts fly fishing retreats for women who are breast cancer survivors.  These retreats are held in very nice lodges and include instruction in fly fishing and fly tying.  Lots of volunteers pitch in and help.  It is a great program and organization. 

Lindsay is one of the most organized and hard working people I have met.  That woman can get things done.  She has exceptional leadership abilities.  She is a former U.S. Marine. She is also very nice.  We are friends.

When I asked if she would be interested in having a booth at Fly Tyers Weekend, she came back with a better idea.  She and her volunteers could sell food, probably breakfast and lunch and drinks during the event.  That way, people won’t have to leave the event except to go to the fly shop.  I liked that idea a lot. 

The event center at the lodge has a commercial kitchen and two serving areas.  We have set aside an area for people to sit down and eat, one inside and another outside.  She will need to get a permit and have an inspection from our Health Department.  I’m really pumped about this idea.  We’ll go to the lodge today and look at the kitchen and serving facilities.

Daniel and Scott Sanchez finalized the plan for selling Scott’s books at Fly Tyers Weekend.  It would be hard for the lodge to sell them.  We can’t do it on site and be PCI compliant.  PCI is a standard set up by the credit card companies so hackers can’t steal credit card information.  Our professionals, who monitor our systems told us never to use someone else’s wi-fi to enter our payment gateway.  They also told us never to use swipers except for theirs that are triple encrypted. 

So, Daniel and Scott decided Scott would sell the books at his table during the event.  He will also be available to sign the books.  He will sell them for cash so bring some cash if you want to buy his books.  Scott will make the profit on the book sales.  The books will be shipped from the publisher to our store.  We’ll take them to the event.  If there are any left over, we’ll ship them back to the publisher.  Problem solved.

Today, I will create a jpg schedule for Fly Tyers Weekend. It will be posted on the event website page, this report and most likely on our Facebook page.  We will be handing them out at the event.  As many as 23 people will be tying at one time and rotating shifts.  Mike Bryant, the President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Vice-Chair of the Tennessee Council of TU is helping organize all of this stuff.  He is an organized guy.  Mike ran an event like this but larger for ten years in Ohio. 

So, get ready for next weekend, November 8th and 9th at Tremont Lodge in beautiful downtown Townsend.

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

Byron Begley
October 31, 2014

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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