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 4:43 am, it is raining lightly and the temperature is 61.5 degrees.  It is dark of course, but I walked around outside and I’ll tell you, it feels like a Summer morning.  The high temperature this week, today through Friday is going to be in the 70’s with lows in the high 50’s to 60 degrees.  The rain is pretty much over until the weekend.  The chance for rain is predicted to be 60% Friday and 90% Saturday.

Little River is flowing at 299 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.10 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 117 cfs.  The water temperature is 58.6 degrees.

Fishing should be very good, especially in the mid to low elevations.  It will be mostly cloudy today, flows are Spring-like but not too high at all, and the water temperature is incredible at almost 59 degrees.

Unlike most early November days, you won’t have to wait until later for the water to warm.  It’s already warm.  The temperature is perfect right now.

The water levels will recede for a few days, until the weekend, at least.  Though the water level in Little River is higher than normal, it’s not too high to wade.  Currently, the gauge is reading 2.1 feet.  We take beginners in our schools to the river when the gauge is reading 2.5 feet or less.

You will likely see or maybe catch some leaves.  They are dropping fast.

Traffic is light right now.  That was not the case this past weekend.  Traffic was awful. I think that is over now.  Townsend and the Smokies will be more peaceful now that the trees are shedding their leaves.

Fishermen should take advantage of the comfortable and good fishing conditions we have this week and go.

The trout tailwaters, especially the Clinch River, are fishing well.  The Clinch River is red hot.  I checked the TVA website generation schedules.  Norris and Cherokee dams will begin generating early this morning.

Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower continues to draw-down Chilhowee Lake.  Their website reports the lake is now at 32.42 feet below full pool.  A newspaper article I read stated it has been drawn down 40 feet.  Chilhowee dam is leaking, and they are drawing down the lake to look for the source, then decide what to do next. 

Bank fishing is allowed in some areas but not in others.  Boating is prohibited.  Walking on the lake bed is considered to be trespassing unless you are fishing in the designated areas.  Searching for artifacts is a much more serious crime than trespassing.  You can read an article in the Daily Times about these issues and more by CLICKING HERE.

A local photographer flew a drone over the lake last month, shooting video.  This is well done and something you can see below. He did a great job on this. The smaller creek you see in the video is Abrams Creek. Most of the video was taken of the main lake, and river bed of the Little Tennessee River. The lake is probably much lower today.

You can see two bridges crossing Abrams Creek. The lower bridge is under water when the lake is at full pool. I see it on our depth finder when we drive over it in the boat. Notice the old road bed, that was covered when the lake was impounded in 1957.

Of course I’m sick about this draw-down.  I fish Chilhowee often.  We can be at a boat ramp in 35 minutes from our home.

Fly Tyers Weekend will be held this weekend.  You probably know all about it but if you don’t, CLICK HERE.  Today I’ll be making name tags and table tents for the fly tyers.  You can see all 48 fly tyers demonstrate both Saturday and Sunday, in shifts, for free.  Just show up.  The event will be held at Tremont Lodge and Resort.  The IF4 International Film Festival will be shown and an auction and dinner will be held Saturday night for a fee by the Southeastern Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers.  You can buy tickets at our shop or online.  You should plan on being here.  You don’t need to be a fly tyer to benefit from this experience.  You will learn a lot about fly fishing, not just fly tying.

The clocks at our house did not “Fall Back” last weekend. I had to override the clock on this computer to make it compatible with our other clocks.  Paula and I are trying to live through the Winter as if it were Summer. 

We’ll have an extra hour of daylight after I quit working for the day.  When I get up at 5:30 am, it is 4:30 am for other people in the Eastern time zone. I can work 9 hours and be off at 2:30 (your time) and still take an hour off during the day for other stuff.  “Happy Hour” begins at 5 pm on our clocks.  On your clock, it is probably 4 pm or earlier. 

So far, I like it.  I think the benefits of not changing our time all year outweigh the down side.  So far, I can’t find a down side, except, we will retire for the evening earlier than you.  We’ll miss a lot of second halves. In the Spring, nothing will change. The days will just get longer.

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

Byron Begley
November 3, 2015 

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