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 4:58 am, the temperature is a chilly 33.6 degrees.  Today and tomorrow will be sunny with high temperatures over 60 degrees.  There is no rain in the forecast.

Little River is flowing at 287 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.10 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 197 cfs. The water temperature is 46.8 degrees this morning.

Fishing is fair right now in the Smoky Mountains. Not many fishermen are fishing. I guess people are thinking about Christmas and the upcoming holidays, and not getting out much. I did talk to one returning angler yesterday morning. He said he fished on the Middle Prong and caught a couple of trout. He was out early and the water was still cold.

That is all going to change as we progress into the week. It is going to be very warm, unseasonably warm.  The high temperature is expected to climb to near or over 70 degrees each day this weekend. Lows at night will be in the 50’s.

We should experience some awesome fishing in the Smoky Mountains this weekend. To add even better conditions for our excitement, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies. The water will warm and the trout will become very active. There is only a slight chance for rain this week.

Hopefully, the two top trout tailwaters nearby, the Clinch and Holston Rivers will be available to wade fishermen this weekend. Today, both dams are generating. Both Norris and Cherokee lakes are higher than TVA’s normal for this time of year.  Heavy rain, caused all of our rivers to rise last week. TVA held back the generation on some of the secondary impoundments, to control the flows on the Tennessee River. Now, they are lowering those lakes back to their anticipated operating range.  Both lakes are dropping. They are not far out of the operating guide’s preferred levels.

If we have good fishing conditions for wade fishermen on those two tailwater, along with the good fishing conditions we will have in the Smoky Mountains, this will be a “fly fishing for trout weekend” like we don’t usually see in December.

We are holding our first Free Fly Tying Demonstration for the Winter season at the shop Saturday.  Mike Bryant and Rob Fightmaster will be tying from 10 am until 2 pm. This event is Free.  Just show up, grab a free cup of coffee, and sit down with one of the guys, to watch them tie flies and talk about their fly fishing experiences. They will be demonstrating at two different locations in the store, so you can spend time with one, then move to the other during the day.

Mike lives in Townsend and is President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He has traveled extensively, fly fishing for many species in salt and fresh water. He and I have fished together and “he is good”.  He is also a very likeable guy who you should meet.

Rob Fightmaster is a professional guide living in Alcoa, Tennessee. Rob has been guiding and teaching fly fishermen for many years. He loves fishing for trout, in the Smokies and drifting down the larger tailwaters, including the Clinch, Holston and Cumberland rivers. Rob also teaches our beginner fly fishing classes along with Walter Babb, Chuck Kline, David Knapp and Josh Pfeiffer. You can visit Rob’s website by CLICKING HERE.

You will learn a lot from these guys and enjoy your day with them. You may want to go fishing in the Smokies while you are here.

Our Free Fly Tying Demonstrations begin Saturday, then we’ll take a couple of weeks off during the holidays. The demonstrations will resume after January 1st, on Saturdays.

The guys at the store are very busy shipping gear and gift cards. This is our Christmas and other holiday rush. You still have plenty of time. If you are looking for something we don’t stock, we can have it shipped directly to you from our manufacturers. If you are thinking about gifts from Orvis, Sage, Fishpond, Temple Fork, Chota, Simms or any company we represent, just call 865-448-9459. Of course, as usual, Gift Cards are a hot item right now. You can buy them at the shop, over the phone or online. They can be redeemed the same way.

I’m working on a huge project that should be finished next week. Then, I’ll have to give up my Mac for a couple of days. A new one will arrive, and our Apple Guru will be moving files from this one to the new one, and loading down new software.  Daniel may be writing  the fishing report during that time. I think that will happen next week.

When all of this is finished, I will be photographing new gear for our new online store. I’m doing the photography, Dan will be writing content, and Daniel will be adding both to the new online store. They hope to have this finished by March 1st. This is a busy time of year for all of us.

I wrote about a mountain lion that was videoed on a trail camera recently in Humphreys County. That was in one of last week’s fishing reports. In that report I talked about sightings of these cats around here, some from close friends. Well, there is more. Another mountain lion was photographed on a trail camera near the Foothills Parkway. I’m trying to get that photo. I got an e-mail from one of our readers, who knows someone else who saw a cougar on the Foothills Parkway.

If you missed the link to the video and story I posted last week on the WSMV website in Nashville, you can see it again by CLICKING HERE. It seems these cats are expanding their range into Tennessee, after a 100 year period with several sightings, but no proof.  Now, there is proof.

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

Byron Begley
December 8, 2015

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