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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sky is clear and the temperature is 40 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee.  The high temperature today is predicted to be 71 degrees.  Can you believe that?  This is December 3rd.

The streams are low right now.  It is supposed to rain tomorrow night.  Currently, the flow in Little River is 74 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 209 cfs.  The water temperature is 45.7 degrees.  We may see that number reach 50 degrees over the next few days.  That will really improve the fishing in the Smokies. 

What we have are Summer-like conditions, sort of.  We expect low flows in the Summer, not now.  What we don’t expect is water this warm in December.  If you go fishing today, wait a little while.  The water in the lower elevations will warm fairly quickly.  I would use nymphs first.  Try a Tellico, Prince, Pheasant Tail or Hare’s Ear.  Pinch on a small split shot a few inches above the fly.  Use a strike indicator if you want to.  Fish the moving water.  Most trout will be hiding in the choppy water.  You may try a dry fly and you could do well with one.  A Blue Wing Olive is a good choice for a dry.

You may find some smallmouth bass activity this week in the lowland rivers and tailwaters.  They are being caught.  Use nymphs or streamers.  It would be hard to beat a Wooly Bugger right now. 

Wow, we had some excitement here yesterday.  Around noon, Smoky Mountains Park Rangers were flying through town with sirens blaring.  I saw one that looked to be doing twice the speed limit of 45 miles per hour.  Several ranger cars flew by.  I saw two of our police cars doing the same thing.  It was crazy.

Evidently, a Ranger saw someone he thought was trying to break into a car in the Park.  The alleged burglar took off in a pickup truck, drove to Sugarlands then to Townsend with rangers chasing him.  Joe McGroom saw them drive by when he was fishing at Metcalf Bottoms.  The guy in the pickup headed toward Maryville.  The chase was called off because it was getting too dangerous.  Then Maryville police saw him driving fast there and almost running over some pedestrians.  The chase was on again.  At one point the guy rammed a Sheriff Deputy’s car.  Well, they finally got him.  You can read the story on the Daily Times Website by CLICKING HERE

We had our annual Christmas Parade yesterday.  I didn’t get to see it.  We were holding a Trout Unlimited marketing meeting at the time here.  We had a great meeting.

Hopefully, you can get out and fish this week, especially if you live in the South.  This weather is unusual and we should all take advantage if it.

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

Byron Begley
December 3, 2012

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