Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsennd, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  At 5:25 am, it is foggy and the temperature is 38.1 degrees. It is going to be cool today and through the weekend.  Highs will be in the high 50’s today and tomorrow.  The high temperature Sunday is predicted to be 42 degrees.  Tonight’s low will be around 40 degrees, then temperatures at night will be in the 20’s, through Sunday.

Little River’s flow dropped fairly quickly yesterday and overnight o 447 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.45 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 178 cfs.  The water temperature is 51.6 degrees.

We take beginner fly fishing students to the Park for classes when the flow gauge is at 2.5 feet or less. So, Little River is fishable in the Park right now.  Flows are on the high side, which some anglers prefer, while others don’t.  There is no rain expected this weekend.  Flows will drop further today and tonight.  Water levels should be very good this weekend, though higher than normal.

The water temperature is OK right now too.  It would be better at 58 degrees, which is perfect for trout activity. It will be cold Saturday night, so the water temperature will drop, maybe below 50 degrees. 

I believe fishing for the average angler will be fair today and good tomorrow.  I don’t know what to expect Sunday.

I think weighted nymphs will work best but dry flies may too, especially in the smaller streams. 

We won’t know until tonight, what the generation schedules will look like on the tailwaters tomorrow.  Hopefully, the turbines will be off, and wade fishing will be possible. If they are off, trout fishing should be good on the Clinch and Holston Rivers.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  We’ll see many visitors in Townsend next week enjoying the holiday. There will probably be many people camping.  The weather forecast looks great. We will be closed Thursday, but re-open Friday morning and remain open all weekend. We only close 4 days per year.

This is a great time of year to visit the Smoky Mountains.  The views are incredible.  The air is clear.  On cold, clear nights, the stars are bright and look larger and closer.  The lack of leaves on the trees, enhances the mountain views.  Paula and I were sitting on the front porch last night, looking at Rich and Scott mountains.  We talked about how lucky we are, I bought this property in the 80’s which changed my life and then eventually hers after we married and she moved here.

During the past 3 months, I have driven 900 miles in my truck. During that time, I drove to Knoxville once to buy a truckload of bird seed.  That was probably an 80 mile trip in one day, quite a journey, for me. I guess you could say I like living and staying in the country.   

An announcement will be made, in Knoxville today, by the CEO of Lifetime Products, a Utah based manufacturer of kayaks and other products.  You can read a short story on WBIR’s website by CLICKING HERE. Lifetime also manufacturers tables, chairs, outdoor storage, outdoor furniture, paddleboards and playground equipment. They are well known for basketball goals.

I assume the company is opening a manufacturing plant in or near Knoxville.  Whatever they do, should result in hundreds of jobs, according to WBIR sources.  It must be a big deal.  Governor Bill Haslam will be here for the announcement. Randy Boyd, the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner will make the announcement with the Governor.

Randy and his wife have a home near our house. Randy is the CEO of PetSafe and owns the Smokies baseball team. He finished the Boston Marathon in 2013, before the terrorist bomb attack.  He was not injured.   

Kayak sales, especially fishing kayaks, have exploded over the past few years.  Manufacturing boats is big business in our area.  At least two kayak manufacturing companies are headquartered in Tennessee, and there may be more. Many companies, who supply boat manufacturers are also located in Blount and Knox Counties. Mastercraft and Sea Ray boats are manufactured here, among others.

Paula and I both have colds so we won’t be attending Jessica Callihan’s art reception tonight.  I hope you can be there.  I know Jessica is looking forward to tonight, and seeing many of you.

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

Byron Begley
November 20, 2015

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