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 warmer this morning, 42 degrees when I drove to work.  This feels much better.  We are actually going to have high temperatures in the 60’s and possibly over 70 degrees this week starting tomorrow.  Lows will be in the 40’s to 50’s.  This is very good news for anglers.

Little River is flowing at 280 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.23 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 212 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 43.7 degrees.  The water temperature is slowly climbing.  I can’t venture to guess how warm the streams will be this week.  I do know they will be warmer and certainly beneficial for fly fishermen.

Fishing has been slow.  Some anglers are catching a trout or two.  I’m sure the serious big fish fishermen are catching some nice browns.  The water temperature has been very cold and the trout have been lethargic.  That will change.

Nymphs are still working best.  Try Copper John, Tellico, Prince, Hare’s Ear or some of the rubber legged patterns.  We sell a Rubber Legged Tellico Nymph that is awesome. Try an egg pattern or San Juan Worm.  Get these nymphs down.  You might see some midges or Blue Wing Olives on the water and maybe trout will be rising to them.  If that happens, switch to a small dry fly.  Otherwise, stick with nymphs.  Streamers may work well too.

We will most likely get some rain later this week.  The chances are 50% Thursday, 80% Friday and 50% Saturday.  Don’t let that discourage you.  Cloudy skies and rain can turn the trout on, especially since this rain will be very warm.  Fly fishing this week is going to be interesting and maybe very good.  Temperatures this warm in December are rare.  When the water is warmer, the trout’s metabolism cranks up and they need to feed.  We will see that this week. 

The only problem we could have is high water.  Right now, the streams are in great shape.

Big Meadow Campground won two prestigious awards.  One is “Small Park of the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.  Big Meadow was also awarded Tennessee Campground of the Year. 

The Johnson’s deserve it.  They have worked hard for years giving excellent service to their customers at their beautiful campground.  I hear excellent reviews from our customers, constantly.

They have some tough competition in Townsend and Walland.  Our town and nearby Walland is known for excellent campgrounds.  Townsend/Walland is a camping community.  One reason is, we are a small community with a beautiful river.  Townsend/Walland is not crowded except during the mid Summer months and during leaf season.  Most of the year, it is very peaceful here.

You can read the article about Big Meadow in the Daily Times by CLICKING HERE

I hope you can visit our newly remodeled store soon.  We are happy and proud.  We spent some money and a lot of time during the Fall months on this project.  Customers so far are blown away with the results.  Business is good too.  We were down 33% in October from the same month a year ago due to the Park closing during the government shutdown.  November was up 36% from the same month last year.

Saturday December 7th is going to be exciting.  We will hold our usual Free Fly Tying Demonstrations.  Rob Fightmaster, a local fly fishing guide will be tying flies and talking about fishing in the Smokies.  Tradd Little, an 11 year old from South Carolina will be tying too.  I’ve never seen anyone that age tie so well.  He’s a nice kid too.  You can also register to win a $100 gift card.  Rob and Tradd will be tying between 10 am and 2 pm.  The drawing for the gift card will be at 2 pm sharp.  After all the festivities are over, I will be tying Game Changers at 2:30.  Everything is free.  No reservation necessary.  Just show up.

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

Byron Begley
December 2, 2013 

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