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 cold this morning, 37 degrees.  We have slight chance for snow showers today. Tonight’s low is expected to be in the low 20’s.

Little River is flowing at 167 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.78 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 139 cfs.  The water temperature at 6:38 am is 47.5 degrees.

Fishing could be fairly good today as it should be cloudy and the water temperature is warmer than I expected.  That won’t be the case tomorrow.  The water temperature will take a plunge. 

We are going to have Winter fishing conditions this through the weekend without the snow that was predicted. 

You can catch trout when the water is cold but don’t count on a lot of action from rainbows.  The brown trout are active.  Cold water temperatures cause the water to be very clear which makes it even harder to catch fish.  Some local anglers will be on the streams this weekend.  They will likely be the serious fishermen. 

Nymphs, fished deep will be a good choice, which is often the case during winter-like conditions.  It’s a good idea to fish a double nymph rig.  One popular method is tying on some tippet using a blood knot.  Leave one tag of the blood knot long, maybe six or seven inches.  Tie a nymph to that.  Then, about 16 inches below the knot, tie on another nymph, and pinch on a split shot or two above it.  You will have two nymphs drifting naturally down the stream at different depths. That works well.  I learned that trick long ago from Walter Babb. 

What we have this weekend is certainly fly tying conditions.  I might add, our fly tying department on the second floor of our shop is stocked well, in anticipation for the tying season. That department is large, 700 square feet. 

If you don’t tie flies, you can learn.  We are holding a beginner fly tying class Saturday.  The last time I checked it only had 4 students enrolled.  We can handle 8 students in our classroom.  The class is taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  If we only have 4 students, Walter will be the sole instructor.  This is a great class at a reasonable price.  We provide everything you need for the day including lunch.  If you are interested, call the shop at 865-448-9459 and we’ll get you enrolled.  The cost is $85 for the day, I think.  Don’t quote me on that.  You can check our pages on this site to get all the information.

I started tying flies on my birthday in 1962.  I was 11 years old.  I’ve never been very good at it, especially when tying small trout flies.  The flies I tie catch fish.  They just don’t look as good as the flies I saw tied at Fly Tyers Weekend.  Now those people are pros.  I still enjoy fly tying and I keep a desk set up and ready to go at any time.  I tie mostly bass and saltwater flies these days.  They are larger and easier to tie.  I like using foam, in sheet form or cylinders.  I tie a lot of poppers. 

I’m off again today and working with Jack on our house remodel.  We pretty much wired the new boat house yesterday.  We also did some wiring on the new carport.  The siding is almost finished on the boat house.  Those same people will then install vinyl on the ceiling, eaves and soffits on the carport.  We are also putting a ceiling fan in the carport with a light kit.

I’ve spent most of my days off over the past few months working with Jack.  I’ve done very little fishing since Spring.  Most people would not consider that a real day off.  I do because I can rest my mind.  I don’t have to think much. I just do what Jack tells me to do.  We have had a great time this summer and fall.  We do talk about fishing. 

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

Byron Begley
November 13, 2014

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