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 overcast and 52 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning. 

Little River is flowing at 112 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.69 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 204 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 48 degrees.

This is a good morning to be fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains.  The water temperature and flow are pretty good right now.  It’s not perfect, just fair.  The cloud cover is your advantage today.  Combine all of the above and it is a good day.

Use nymphs.  You will probably catch some rainbows in the lower elevations and brook trout in the waters where they live.  And, you have a chance for a big brown trout.  There have been some incredible browns caught this fall in Little River and other streams where these fish live.  Oconoluftee and Deep Creek are two other great streams to fish for brown trout. 

Rain is moving in this afternoon, no doubt about that.  Following the rain will be very cold air Saturday night.  The high temperature Sunday is predicted to be 35 degrees.  We need the rain to get our stream levels back to normal.  It won’t take much.  The creeks and rivers are not that low.  When this cold front arrives, the streams will chill and so will the fishing.  So, try to go today or tomorrow.

Nymph pattern choices are wide and varied.  I would probably use the old standby patterns like a Prince, Tellico, Hare’s Ear, Copper John, Quasimodo Pheasant Tail or a Rubber Legged Tellico.  Other patterns will work fine.  Get them deep unless you see fish suspended higher up in the water column.  Small dry flies may work too.  There are midges on the water.  You may see some Blue Wing Olives depending on where you are. 

I worked on description signs for Fishpond most of the day, yesterday. We got a shipment of the new 2014 Fishpond gear yesterday too.  It will be displayed today.  I am very impressed with the new offering from this company.  I’m seeing a lot of green and I’m not talking about money.  I’m referring to green vests and packs.  We are using about 30 feet of wall space devoted to Fishpond gear.  The signs are full color with a description and photograph of each item. 

Bill Hey worked on a door to our computer room.  You won’t even notice the door is there.  It is made from pegboard and fly tying materials will be displayed on it.  Inside is a 5’ x 5’ room full of racked digital equipment and our server.  We only enter that room twice a day to switch out our backup drive and start a new backup when we close the store.  I take a fresh backup home every night.

If you call the store during closing hours you will get our voice mail.  I set up the new system yesterday.  I’ll tell you what, I sound awful as a recorded greeting.  I scratched down the text then read it into the phone as it recorded every stammer I could come up with.  I may try again.  One thing is for sure, when you hear that message, you will know it is real, not some digital rendition of something that sounds like a person from a country far away.

Computer generated voice has come a long way.  I remember the old recordings from the National Weather Service back in the 90’s.  “Vee vill have funderstorms dis offternume”.  Remember that?  How about “Velcome to Noah veather searvice”.  I’m glad that is over with. 

One time we were out in the gulf, fly fishing for tarpon and spotted a water spout. 
Our captain turned on the weather radio. I can’t think of a worse time to get emergency information from a computer that sounded like Sergeant Schultz from Hogan’s Heros.  Hey, we were desperate.  Speak good English!



See what I mean? I should talk. I sound worse than that on our voice mail recording.

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

Byron Begley
November 22, 2013

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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