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 4:45 am, the temperature is 63.3 degrees, quite a contrast from what we’ve seen lately in the mornings. Today will be warm, windy and wet.  The high temperature will be in the low 70’s.  Wind gusts to 40 miles per hour are expected.  The chance for rain is 100%.

It will be cooler through the week, after today.  Expect highs around 60 degrees or warmer and lows in the high 20’s to high 30’s.  Rain is expected Saturday.

Little River is flowing at 139 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.63 feet on  the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 141 cfs.  The water temperature is 53.1 degrees this morning.

Fishing would be good today in the Park, if it were not for the expected wind. I will mention, I’ve told you it’s not a good idea to fish in the Park before, because of the wind predictions.  Sometimes, the wind lays low, or blows for a while, then stops. So, maybe you should go fishing and just be careful.  I don’t know what will happen today. 

The flows are normal and the water temperature is great right now.  Fishing will be good.

Brown trout are active and can be easily seen in Little River.  Some have finished spawning and others have not.  Dan said he saw some abandoned redds this week, but also saw active spawning.  The browns will be feeding for a while.  They are hungry.  They will feed even if the water temperature drops below their preferred range.

Please be careful when wading. It is important not to step into a brown trout or brook trout redd.  Also, it is best to avoid fishing for spawning females.  Let them do their thing right now.

Nymphs or dry flies will work today, if it is not too windy to fish.  If you go, watch for falling limbs.

We may get ½” to 1” of rain today and tonight.

A black bear cub was caught in Maryville yesterday by Animal Control.  The little bear was to be turned over to TWRA.  I read an article in the Daily Times about this and you can read it by CLICKING HERE

There is also discussion in the article about high bear activity in the Townsend city limits and Ronnie, our police chief is quoted in the article.  I hadn’t heard about that.  It has been at least a month or maybe longer since we have seen a bear at our house.  We sit outside looking at the mountains every evening.  My home office has a great view of the forest behind our house.  I’m sure the bears are here, we are just not seeing them. We saw a lot of bears this year, probably more than any year. 

I did see some wild turkeys behind the house yesterday.  I counted 25 total in two flocks. There is one flock of 6 birds and another with 19. The larger flock often bullies the smaller one, running the birds away.  Turkeys are clannish and territorial. 

Among them was a doe and older fawn we see fairly often.  We have a deer mineral block there, and they come in to lick it.  Turkeys were walking all around the deer and I shot some video of the scene.  This Summer, the fawn had spots.  Now, they are gone.

Dan Munger is trying something new at the shop this Winter.  He is holding 4 free fly tying classes of about 2 hours in duration.  These class are intended for absolute beginner fly tyers, who want to try it out.  Each class will focus on tying one pattern. He thinks some people may not want to make the commitment to take an all day beginner fly tying class. So this is an alternative. 

We are sending out thousands of e-Newsletters today, and these classes will be one of the topics.

To enroll in a free class or more than one, you need to call the shop and make a reservation.  Class size is limited, to 8 students, I think. It may be less but it won’t be more. He is calling the classes, “Free Fly Tying 101”.

The first Free Fly Tying 101 Class will be “Tying the Green Weenie”.  It will be held Saturday December 12th at 10 am.

The second class will teach you to tie a Wooly Bugger.  It will be held Sunday January 10th at 2 pm.

Next, is Tying the Elk Hair Caddis. That class will be held Sunday January 24th at 2 pm.

The last class delves into tying a Popping Bug.  This class will be held Sunday February 7th at 2 pm.

You can find these classes listed on our Schools Schedule by CLICKING HERE.

Don’t forget, Walter Babb will be presenting the program at the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter meeting, in Knoxville tomorrow evening, November 19th at 6 pm.  The meeting is held at Calhoun’s located at 10020 Kingston Pike. The meeting and presentation is open to the public.  You don’t have to be a Trout Unlimited member to attend.  I described this in detail in yesterday’s report.  I left the film below, from that report, so those who missed it may see it today.  Walter is a legend in our area and a good friend of mine.  I hope there is a huge turnout tomorrow night and you should go if you can. Paula has a cold and I think I’m getting one.  We probably won’t go. I wish we could.

Turn up the sound on your computer or device and watch this film.  It is awesome!

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

Byron Begley
November 18, 2015

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