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 35 degrees at our home.  Snow is falling but not sticking to the ground.  The ground and roads are too warm.  We are not expecting any snow accumulation in town today.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a different story altogether.  Laurel Creek Road from the Townsend “Y” to Cades Cove is closed due to snow, ice and downed trees.  Little River Road from Elkmont to the “Y” is closed.  US Hwy 441, Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg to Cherokee is closed due to ice and snow.  More roads may close in the Smokies.  You can read all current road information on SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter by CLICKING HERE.

Rain or snow are likely all day and tonight.  The high temperature in the valley is predicted to be 41 degrees.  The low tonight will be below 30 degrees here and much colder in the Park.  Road conditions should be fine down here.  Not so in the Park.

Little River is flowing at 167 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.78 feet on the gauge.  It has been raining all night and the river is rising.  Median flow for this date is 88 cfs.  The water temperature has plunged to 47 degrees.

Fly fishing options are limited today, at least for now.  Your best bet would be fishing in Townsend or just inside the Park in Little River.  Use nymphs or streamers.  An Olive Wooly Bugger is a good streamer pattern for stocked trout in this section of Little River.  Nymphs and midge patterns drifted under an indicator might work.  The water is cold but that does not usually affect the stocked trout like it does the wild fish in the Park.

You might consider driving to the "Y", parking, and walking to the West or Middle Prongs of Little River to Fish. I do not know if that is possible. The road to the "Y" could be slick. I can tell you this, it will be pretty up there. Use nymphs. You might see a blue wing olive hatch too.

There was a mass exodus of motor homes, travel trailers and tourists in vehicles leaving Townsend yesterday in anticipation of this winter storm that was approaching.  People here for fall foliage viewing went home.  Motel reservations were cancelled.  That is a shame for local businesses as this is probably the last big weekend for tourism.

On the other hand, the mountains are probably covered with snow.  I don’t know because it is still dark and probably foggy.  That brings in local people for day visits.  People, including me, love to look at snow covered mountains.  We’ll see what happens.

If the Park roads are cleared and opened in the Park at some point, we will see local Smokies anglers out and fishing late today or tomorrow.  They will be looking for brown trout.

Next week, including next weekend, the weather should be nice unless the forecast changes.  That would take a lot of pressure off me.  Fly Tyers Weekend will be held next weekend.  Right now, the forecast calls for highs in the 50’s and lows in the 40’s.

Fly Tyers Weekend will be held at Tremont Lodge and Resort in Townsend.  The event is free to the public.  We have exactly 40 fly fishermen and fly tyers lined up to demonstrate for you and talk about fly fishing where they live.  They come from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Wyoming. 

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

Byron Begley
November 1, 2014

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