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 Mountians. It is overcast and 50 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We got some rain earlier.  We had almost ¼” of rain in our gauge.  There is more to come.

Little River is flowing at 291 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.26 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 211 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:15 is 54.2 degrees. 

I thought fishing was going to be great yesterday.  I think it was slow.  Robert hooked two large browns.  By large I guess they were at least 20” long.  He was fishing with his buddy who knows what he is doing.  They both said, overall, fishing was slow. 

Well, maybe fishing was good after all.  I knew Josh Pfeiffer was fishing on Little River yesterday.  I just looked at his website.  He had a great day, I mean really great.  He was catching rainbows on nymphs.  Then, he spotted a big brown trout in a run.  He hooked it on the 3rd cast and brought that beautiful fish to hand.  Josh is a full-time professional guide living in Maryville.  He caught and released a 26” brown in Little River already this year.  I don’t know how big this fish is but you can see it by CLICKING HERE and visiting Josh’s website. Hmm, Josh is wearing Chota’s new Camo Waders in the photos of the big brown.

So, fishing is good!

I don’t know about this rain we are expecting.  We could get an inch or so, or we could get up to 4 inches over the next 4 days.  The Weather Service says it depends on where you are.  I think we may be in the area where they expect a lower amount of precipitation.  Maybe I’m just hoping for that.  Rain is predicted today through Monday night.  The chance for rain tomorrow is less than is expected the other days.

Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for you.  Rob Fightmaster, a local Smokies guide will be conducting a Free Fly Tying Demonstration.  He has some awesome mountain patterns.  He also has a lot of great information, which he is willing to share. 

Tradd Little will be tying too.  Tradd is an 11 year old who I met a couple of months ago in the shop.  He lives in South Carolina.  I was so impressed with him as a person, his parents and his fly tying ability for a kid that age, I asked him to tie here.

Both of these guys will be tying and talking to you at the shop between 10 am and 2 pm tomorrow, Saturday 7th.  It’s Free.  Just show up.

If you are here during that time, you can register to win a $100 gift card.  We will draw at 2:00 pm.

Then, at about 2:30 pm, I will show you how I tie The Game Changer fly.  I have only tied about two dozen of these but so far I’ve learned some important things “not to do”.  I’m a little nervous tying in front of a group so bear with me if my hands are shaking more than normal.  I am looking forward to showing you this fly.  If all goes well I will probably do this on a fairly regular basis.

We are all excited around here.  The store has been busy, I mean really busy.  Customers are buying a lot of stuff by calling us or using our online store.  A lot of people are buying Gift Cards for holiday gifts.  The new Fishpond 2014 gear is selling like hot cakes. Daniel just restocked yesteray. And, now that we are advertising the fact that we take Orvis coupons and gift cards, guess what, people are bringing in or sending us both. 

Customers are ordering from us to take advantage of our free shipping which we have offered for at least 16 years.  Customers are ordering fly tying materials, lots of them.  Though we don’t sell the materials online, people know they can call and we’ll do everything possible to get the fly tying stuff they need.

I have been told we have the largest fly tying department most people have ever seen.  I believe it though I’ve never measured anyone else’s department.  We just moved the whole department to the second floor of our store and it is awesome.  We are stocking it to the hilt.  What we offer is more than ever before.  We’re almost finished with the stocking process.  In another week, it will be packed.  Then, we’ll maintain the inventory weekly.  That is a huge job.

Well, it is raining again.  I don’t know if you should fish today, but if you do, you might have the fishing day of your life.  On the other hand, you might witness high water.  I would prefer you have the “fishing day of your life”. I think you will get wet today, if you go.

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

Byron Begley
December 6, 2013

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