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 4:33 am, the temperature is 52.5 degrees. Expect a high temperature today of around 60 degrees with rain. Rainfall of ¼” is expected today and we may get an additional 1” tonight.  Rain is predicted every day through Wednesday. Low temperatures at night will be in the 50’s through tomorrow night. After that, it will be cooler.

Little River is flowing at 134 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.61 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 257 cfs.  The water temperature is a very warm 52.2 degrees this morning.

If you don’t mind the chance for rain, today is a good one to fish in the Smoky Mountains.  The water temperatures in the lower elevations are very good right now. Nymphs or dry flies will probably both work for you.

The trout’s metabolism and feeding activity are water temperature controlled.  Trout are active when the temperature hovers around, or exceeds 50 degrees. We have that now, even this early in the morning.

I’m sure it has happened, in recent times, but I don’t remember fishing conditions in the Park, this good, in late November. 

One weather website I watch, predicts up to two inches of rain through Tuesday.  If that happens, the streams will rise and probably to a level that is not safe to wade.  We will just have to see if that happens.  Anytime you fish in the mountains, when rain is a possibility, you should watch the water levels closely.  These streams rise quickly. That will become more likely tonight, but you never know what storms are lurking upstream.

Rain and slowly rising water can be beneficial to fly fishermen.  Food is washed into streams and nymphs become dislodged from the streambed.  That can create a feeding frenzy, especially if the water is within the comfort levels of the trout, which is what we have now.

Yesterday, I built some new web pages and changed menus on this website.  One main page I added is Dan Munger’s Journal.  This page will link to articles Dan writes.  He is an excellent writer, and has many stories to tell.  You can find this page from the menu under “Fishing Info” or CLICK HERE to see it now. Right now, there are two articles.  One describes a fishing trip he took to British Columbia.  The second article is a gear review of Korkers wading boots that he has been testing for months.

Another new menu item is titled “Brook Trout”.  That page has not been designed.  One of us will research and write content for that page this Winter.  While I was going to the trouble to change menus, I added that page for the future.

I plan to spend the next couple of weeks, re-designing web pages on this site. Then, I’ll help Daniel and Dan develop a new online store.

I found out yesterday, the 10% Off Gift Card Sale expires tomorrow.  I thought it was a Black Friday only sale. Additionally, the shop is offering a Free TFO rod tube with a purchase of a new Temple Fork fly rod, which is a $30 value. That offer expires tomorrow night as well.  There are some other items on sale in the shop right now.  You can see the web version of our newsletter, describing the sale by CLICKING HERE.

We will see a mass exodus of campers, travel trailers and motor homes vacating the mountains today.  The Thanksgiving holiday is about over and there is rain in the forecast.  Those who were lucky enough to be camping, in the Smoky Mountains this week, experienced awesome weather.  We’ve had perfect camping weather over the past few days. I hate to see it end.

A new Winter forecast, released by, predicts cooler than normal temperatures in the southeast and southwest.  They predict warmer to much warmer weather in the north and west.  This is all due to what they think will happen because we are under the influence of a strong El Nino. Evidently, what we have now, is the strongest El Nino in 18 years.

I hope we have a short winter, and see bugs popping off the streams in late February. That has happened before.  We’ve seen trout slurping down Quill Gordons in late February. 

Now, we have what may be another great fishing day in late November.  Take advantage of that.

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

Byron Begley
November 29, 2015

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