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 4:17 am, it is a beautiful warm morning.  It is dark of course, and the temperature is 60.4 degrees.  And listen to this.  The high temperature today, through Friday is predicted to be 76 degrees. Lows at night will range from 58 to 63 degrees. 

The normal high temperature in November is 61 degrees.  The normal low is 34 degrees.  I know, it is early in the month, but this weather is truly wonderful, not just for fishermen, but for everyone.

Little River is flowing at 187 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.78 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 111 cfs.  The water temperature is 59.4 degrees.

I saw Little River several times yesterday, in Townsend and further downstream toward Walland.  The river looks awesome.

If you want to hear more good fishing conditions news, it is going to be cloudy through Saturday. 

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains and in all waters around us, is very good.  How could it not be?  The waters are unseasonably warm, it is cloudy and we have good flows in the rivers.

The tailwaters are fishing well for trout and smallmouth bass.  I know the lakes are fishing well.  I bet the lowland rivers are too.  Fishing activity is driven by water temperature and what we’ve got now is great for fishing.

If you are fishing in the Smokies, you would probably be fishing with nymphs in early November.  You might be fishing with dry flies, but nymphs are the usual choice when the water is colder.  Now, with conditions like we are enjoying, try either.  Dry flies may work better than nymphs.  The trout think it is Spring.   

We are expecting rain Saturday.  The chance is 100%. Right now, the weather folks are saying we’ll get 1/2”, which might be beneficial for fishermen this weekend.

That prompted a call to me from Marvin Cash yesterday.  Marvin is President of the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.  He has organized a showing of the IF4 International Film Festival, to be shown Saturday night at Fly Tyers Weekend.  There will be an auction to raise money for the Southern Appalachian Fly Fishing Museum.  We hoped to hold it outside, at an outdoor theater located on the property at Tremont Lodge and Resort. 

Plan B, in case of cold weather, rain or snow, was to hold it inside.  That means, we’ll have to tear down one floor of the Lodge’s conference center Saturday night, quickly, after the fly tyers finish up for the day.  He and I decided to hold it inside and plan for that.

Beer, BBQ and soft drinks will be served and an auction will be held during the showing of the film.  You will need to pay extra for the BBQ.  The beer is free.  The event is getting close and we needed to make a decision.  We decided for a more comfortable location. The event will be held inside.

Fly tyers from the East, from Michigan to Louisiana, and points in between, will be arriving in Townsend Friday.  I think we have 47 tyers coming to demonstrate at Fly Tyers Weekend.  We had 48 and one had to cancel.

They will be demonstrating and talking to you about fly fishing both Saturday and Sunday and the demonstrations are free.  Just show up.  The tyers will be demonstrating in 4 hour shifts, from 9 am until 5 pm, both days.  If you want to see who is tying, CLICK HERE.  I had to place their photos and bios on two pages, so when you get to the bottom of page one, click to go to page two.

I bought a new printer for use at home yesterday.  I hooked it up to my computer, and it worked.  Imagine that!  Things like that don’t usually happen to me.  So, I’ll be making name tags and signs for Fly Tyers Weekend today.

Paula picked up my new iPhone yesterday.  I’ve never had a smart phone.  Mine were always dumb and stored in my truck for emergencies.  We are ditching our land line.  I hooked it up to my computer and didn’t have the same result I did with the printer. iTunes would not sync.  There is a software compatibility issue. My new phone has 64 gig of storage, mainly for my music collection.  I’ll just use this thing for making phone calls, and hooking it up to the truck or taking it on vacation with all my music.

Daniel, Dan and the guys at the shop will be loading the walls with fly tying materials all week.  They have some huge orders arriving now, in preparation for Fly Tyers Weekend. I don’t think you will ever see the store stocked this well in that department on Friday.  It may not look so good Monday.  Actually, we hope it doesn’t.

I talked to Joseph Lenn Monday.  He was buying fly tying materials.  Joseph is the only chef in Tennessee, who has won the James Beard Award.  He is opening a new restaurant in Knoxville and we talked about that, and fly fishing.  This is going to be a big deal.  You can read about his new restaurant by CLICKING HERE. I was talking to Mark later. I pointed to Joseph and told Mark, “He is a real, big time celebrity”.  He doesn’t act like one.  To me he’s just a good guy and a friend who loves to fly fish.

Another celebrity in the culinary world visits our store and he is a friend of mine.  His name is Tommy Vaughn.  He and his brother and their wives own Foothills Milling Company in Maryville. Foothills Milling Company is so popular, you need to make reservations in advance and it is worth the trouble.  You should eat at Foothills Milling Company when you visit here to fish. It will be an experience you won’t forget. You can visit their website by CLICKING HERE.

We took Lefty Kreh to Foothills Milling Company one night for dinner, years ago, when they were located on Wears Valley Road. That was before they moved the restaurant to Maryville.  Someone walked up to our table and said, “Excuse me, are you Lefty Kreh?”

I was flying to Denver once.  A guy sat beside me after stowing his Sage fly rod in the overhead bin.  Lefty was sitting in the seat in front of me.  I pointed to Lefty and asked the guy, “Do you know who that is? He said he didn’t.  I told him, “That is Lefty Kreh”.  The man shrugged his shoulders.  Back then, Lefty worked with Sage before changing to Temple Fork. I was shocked. Lefty was my hero long before I met him.

Well, I’m pumped about Fly Tyers weekend and all the fishing opportunities you have before you this week.  Enjoy both.

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

Byron Begley
November 4, 2015

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