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 6:33 am, the temperature outside is 48.4 degrees. Yesterday felt and looked like any other Spring Day, but it was November 27th.  The high temperature was 67 degrees.  Today will be identical, cloudy and warm with a thigh of about 67 degrees.

Rain will arrive tomorrow. We have a 90% chance.  Rain will continue through at least Wednesday. It will be warm during that time, with highs in the 50’s and 60’s, and lows dipping only to the 40’s and 50’s.

Little River is flowing at 146 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.66 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 240 cfs, which is higher than we have seen in a while.  I guess we have had some big rain events on this date during the past 50 years.  The water temperature is 49.8 degrees this morning.

Fishing conditions are perfect in the Great Smoky Mountains right now.  Last night the water temperature peaked at 50 degrees around midnight.  That number should climb further today. It will be cloudy again, another good sign for good fishing.  Get out and go while you can.

Nymphs or dry flies will probably both produce for you. Nymphs will for sure.  The trout will be active.  50 degrees is the number to watch for.  58 degrees is perfect.  We should see water temperatures over 50 degrees today, in the lower elevations.

Fishing may be good tomorrow too.  The 90% chance for rain usually means, “it is going to rain”.  One weather website expects a total ½” during the day and another ¼” tomorrow night.  That can be another beneficial factor for good fishing if you don’t mind getting wet.  If we do get ½”, the water will rise.  Watch for that if you go.

This has been an unbelievable weekend for outdoor enthusiasts in the Smokies.

REI closed their stores nationwide yesterday, encouraging people to #OptOutside instead of shopping.  What a great idea.  WBIR sent a news team to Cades Cove, to get a story about those who opted to be outside hiking on Black Friday.

They found a friend of mine hiking with his grandsons and interviewed him.  We have been friends since 1992.  Their interviewee was Steve Moore, who ran the fisheries department at Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 1983 until last year when he retired.  Many of you know Steve too.  You can read the story and see the interview by CLICKING HERE.

Steve and his wife live near Townsend in Wears Valley. What Steve really opted out of was deer hunting, to spend a beautiful day with his grandkids. He didn’t opt out of shopping.  I know him too well.

I’ve been off for three days and I have no idea what is going on at the shop. I suspect they have been busy. Townsend is not exactly a shopping destination. But, it is a place for people who love to be outside, fishing, hiking and nature watching.  I bet a lot of people were in Townsend, doing just that yesterday and they will be there in good numbers today.

I love this opt outside idea, as long as people still shop at our store. I’m sure they did. I watch all of our online sales and phone sales from home, online.  I know there was quite a bit of that going on yesterday.

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

Byron Begley
November 28, 2015

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