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 5:13 am, the temperature is a warm 60.8 degrees.  Today will be another beautiful Spring-like day, with a high temperature of 75 degrees. Tonight’s low should be around 61 degrees. Weather websites vary on tomorrow’s forecast.  It will be cooler, about 65 degrees, and the chance for rain is predicted to be between 60% and 100%.  Sunday will be sunny and cooler.

Little River is flowing at 146 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.63 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is exactly what it currently is, 146 cfs.  The water temperature is 60.3 degrees.

Fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains is very good. The conditions are ideal for trout activity.  We do have a cold front moving in and that could slow the fishing or turn it on. I have yet to figure out what affect fronts have on fishing, after all these years.  When I think I know, I find I don’t.  The water temperature is perfect.  It will be cloudy today.  Fishing should be very good.

Cherokee and Norris Dams will be generating all day today.

Fly tyers and attendees will be arriving in Townsend today, for Fly Tyers Weekend.  We will be setting up the two floor conference center at Tremont Lodge this afternoon and tonight.  We will open tomorrow at 9 am.  You can attend the fly tying demonstrations for free.

Holding a free event like this one is not easy.  We could not do this without Tremont Lodge and Resort.  They have the only event center in Townsend, large enough to hold this. Wilson Reynolds, one of the owners, asked me three years ago to come up with fly fishing events for the lodge. He is an avid fly fisherman.  He wants fly fishermen to see the lodge and get to know it. 

So, we brought back Fly Tyers Weekend.  If we had to pay for the event center, the numbers would not work. Tyers will be demonstrating Saturday and Sunday from 9 am until 5 pm. And like I said, it’s free. Just show up either day or both.

Having the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers involved, opened new opportunities this year.  Marvin Cash, who serves as Council President, and Anthony Hipps, who was the prior President before Marvin, as well as other board members, became interested in this event last year and wanted to join in. 

Anthony organized the fly tyers and did a wonderful job.  Marvin organized the showing of the IF4 International Fly Fishing Festival film, and the auction/banquet to be held tomorrow night. They marketed this event to the members in our region. 

We marketed to our website viewers.  That Fly Tyers Weekend logo has been viewed no telling how many thousands of times.

Lindsay Long and volunteers from Casting for Recovery will be selling food during the event to raise money for their non-profit organization.

Many other fly fishing related non-profit organizations will have their booths set up both days at the event.   

The banquet/auction and film showing was originally scheduled for tonight but had to be changed to Saturday.  It now somewhat conflicts, with the Tennessee, South Carolina football game. We don’t know of course, how that will affect attendance. 

Our store is stocked to the hilt, especially the fly tying department.  Daniel, Dan and everyone at the shop have worked hard to prepare for this event. 

I hope Fly Tyers Weekend is very successful again this year, so we can hold it in future years.  Please plan to attend and support the fly tyers who paid their travel expenses and gave their time to be here.

This is going to be a busy weekend for me.  I’ll write a short fishing report very early tomorrow and Sunday, then be at the lodge to prepare for the opening each day.

I really hope you can join us.

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

Byron Begley
November 6, 2015 

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