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 a beautiful morning.  The sky is pink and blue over the mountain ridges at 7:15 am.  The temperature is 35 degrees.  The crows are active and calling.  The forest is coming alive.  I love dawn in the forest during the winter with a view of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Maybe that’s why I get up so early every morning.  Life is precious and I don’t want to waste one minute of it sleeping unless it is dark outside.

Little River is flowing at 133 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.66 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 142 cfs.  The water temperature is 39 degrees.

This will be a good morning to go fishing.  Being on a stream right now would be a treat.  You won’t see many people.  The water is cold.  Fishing will probably be slow.  Sometimes that doesn’t matter.  The experience will be silence except for the sound of running water. 

It will be cloudy all day.  The expected high temperature is 48 degrees.  Later this afternoon, we should see rain that will last through Monday night.  More snow may fall in the mountains.

If you go fishing, use nymphs and get them down.  It will be hard to see the trout because of the dark skies.  You will have to rely on feel or use a strike indicator. 

The warm rain may improve the fishing.  The low temperature tonight is supposed to be around 44 degrees.  Tomorrow would be a good day to fish but it is going to be windy at times. 

Then, “here comes the arctic air again and it is going to be bitter cold beginning tomorrow night.  Expect low temperatures in the low 20’s, down to the teens.  The high temperature Tuesday is expected to be right at freezing in the valley and much colder in the mountains.  Later this week, it will be warmer again.

I met Denise Jenkins at the shop late yesterday to photograph the jewelry she and Stacy Mcdaniel are making to sell.  Each piece has a beautiful fly, hand tied by them.  We are going to sell their jewelry on our website, at no profit for us.  This is a test, to see if their work can be sold online.  If it sells well, I’ll teach them to build their own online store and I’ll do the photography for them.  I really want to see this work.  Flies are an art form.  It is really interesting to see what they are doing. 

I also photographed a new Walter Babb fly rod.  It will be auctioned on December 6th at the Sweetwater Primary School at 6 pm.  You can see the photo below.  They will also auction a box full of 7 dozen flies tied by Walter.

Bamboo Fly Rod made by Walter Babb.

This fundraiser/auction is a non-profit that Walter supports for the needy people in his community.  He built this rod and tied the flies especially for this event.

We want some real fly fishermen to show up at this auction.  This is a rare chance to buy one of Walter’s hand made bamboo rods and his flies.  A group of flies like this usually sells for hundreds of dollars at a TU auction.  His rods sell for hundreds of dollars too, I think usually over $1,000.  If fly fishermen are not there, they will sell for a low price.  I’m putting this on the fishing report, hoping that doesn’t happen.

The rod is a 2 piece 6’ 9” 2 or 3 weight, perfect for small brook trout streams.  The wood spacer is made from  Vermont firewood.  The taper is “Digger’s Ice Cream Parlor Special.  I will be writing more about this rod between now and December 6th.

If you have ever wanted one of Walter’s rods, here is your chance to buy one and help the needy people in Sweetwater, Tennessee.  It would be a shame for the rod and flies to sell at a cheap price.  Think about all the effort Walter put into this project and the passion he has for helping his community.

Walter is one of my best friends and I will do anything I can to help him and his community.  Walter makes and donates about 2 rods per year for charity.  He considers this rod, one of his finest. 

I’m working on putting new and changed Fishpond items on two of our current websites and a future online store that will launch next year.  Today, I’ll be at the shop doing my weekly bookkeeping chores.

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

Byron Begley
November 16, 2014

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