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 foggy and 45 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic is light.  I saw mostly local folks on the streets and in business parking lots.

Little River is flowing at 261 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.18 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 210 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:50 am is 46 degrees. 

Fishing has been slow to fair depending on who you talk to.  There have not been many fishermen on the streams so information is lacking so far this week.  Those who have caught trout are using nymphs.  If you go fishing today, start with nymphs and get them down.  Just do some short casts and high sticking. 

It is going to be overcast all week, which will be favorable for fly fishing in the Park.  We love those cloudy days.  The flow is great in the streams.  That is another factor that will improve the fishing.  The water is warming and will continue to do so until the weekend.  It is going to be unseasonably warm this week.  Wow, we’ve got good flows, decent temperatures and clouds.  What else could you ask for?  Fishing should be good.

Hold on a minute.  Rain is moving in tomorrow night.  Weather websites can’t seem to agree on what the chances are and how much rain we are going to get.  One weather website indicates the odds for rain are 50% Thursday, 70% Friday and 60% Sunday.  There is no mention of the chance for high water or flooding.

The National Weather Service has a different view of the near term.  They think we’ll have a 50% chance Thursday, 80% chance Friday, 40% on Saturday and 60% Sunday.  OK, that’s not a big difference.

You know what they say, “The fine print giveth, and the fine print taketh away”. Read the fine print on the National Weather Service website.   

“A COLD FRONT WILL DRIFT VERY SLOWLY ACROSS THE TENNESSEE RIVER VALLEY ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...AFTER A BRIEF BREAK ON SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT REDEVELOP AND EFFECT THE AREA AGAIN SUNDAY AND MONDAY.  WITH A DEEP MOISTURE AND A PROLONGED PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL...THERE WILL BE THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN OVER MOST OF THE REGION...AND THE POSSIBILITY FOR WIDESPREAD FLOODING.”

That does not sound good at all.  Widespread flooding and fly fishing do not mix well.  If you are planning a fishing trip here this weekend, check the weather forecast and conditions here before you leave home.  It may or may not happen.  I don’t think there is any doubt, “we’re going to get some rain”.

I have never in my 19 year career as a fly shop owner, seen a fly tying product sell like the components have done lately, to tie Game Changer flies.  This is crazy.  And, we don’t even sell them online.  People are buying the stainless steel spines and the body materials as fast as we can get them in.  I thought we had plenty of spines when I placed an order this weekend so I just ordered 4 packs.  Early yesterday morning, I sent an e-mail to the distributor and had them add 10 more packs to the order.  The CCT body fur is selling great too.  Yesterday I ordered 40 packs.  I just got 20 packs in a week ago.  And, I have a special run of 200 yards without the flash ordered.  This is unbelievable. 

I mentioned in the fishing report yesterday that I would be tying them in the shop for you to watch Saturday afternoon after Rob and Tradd finish.  If those materials don’t get here in time, I’ll put that demonstration off one week.  I don’t want you driving here to watch this fly being tied and not have any materials for you to buy.  I should know by Friday so if you are interested, check this report then.

We are ordering more Fishpond gear.  We have a 20 foot wall covered with Fishpond merchandise and more in other locations in the store.  This stuff is selling well.   We want a complete assortment on display all month.  The new Fishpond gear looks awesome. 

Paula decorated our shop Christmas tree yesterday.  It looks great.  We have three Christmas trees at home.  One is 14 feet tall.  She has a new theme for that tree every year.  Another one is a fly fishing tree.  That is my favorite. 

These are all artificial trees.  I would hate to cut a live wild tree to decorate for a month.  On the other hand, there are tree farms.  They raise trees that are grown to be cut.  Hey, that’s good for the economy.  This is agriculture. 

I don’t know if it is legal, but after Christmas you can drag a tree into a lake or pond, weight it down with concrete blocks and you have an excellent fish attractor.  I have done that.  Check your State’s laws.  I’m guilty but the statute of limitations have expired.  I haven’t done that in decades.  I used to do a lot of crappie fishing.  Crappie love Christmas trees.

I’ll keep you updated on the fishing conditions this week.  Remember, we offer free ground shipping and sell gift cards.  I had to say that.

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

Byron Begley
December 3, 2013

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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