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 5:10 am, it is foggy, and the temperature is 52 degrees. This is unbelievable.

The high today will be around 72 degrees and it will be partly cloudy. That is perfect for fishing in the mountains.  Tonight, wind and rain will move into the Smokies. It will likely rain all day tomorrow and be windy, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. Go fishing today and don’t go tomorrow.

Little River is flowing at 170 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.75 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 270 cfs. The water temperature is 53.2 degrees this morning.

We have excellent fishing conditions in the Park right now. I worked at home all day yesterday, so I didn’t hear any fish stories or have any of my own.

What a weekend it is. I can only imagine how many people are visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and enjoying this mid-December weather, which is rare.

If you look at the extended weather forecast, through December 27th, we are still going to enjoy very mild temperatures. There will be some rain during the period, and a couple of nights with below freezing temperatures, but it is still going to be unseasonably warm. This is happening all over the Eastern United States. Record high temperatures are being set. And, “this follows what was the warmest autumn on record for the continental United States”, according to NOAA and an article I read on the CNN website this weekend.

As fly fishermen, we should enjoy it while it lasts.

I got an e-mail from Brad Redmon, who is in charge of construction of Hatchery Creek in Kentucky, below Wolf Creek Dam on the Cumberland River.  He asked me to call him. I’ll do that tomorrow. Hatchery Creek was a small discharge from the National Fish Hatchery, that flowed directly in the Cumberland River. Using mine mitigation and Corps of Engineers Funding and a partnership with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, a new stream was built, extending it’s length to approximately 1 mile.

From what I know now, the new section is closed to fishing and will remain closed until Spring. The short section directly below the hatchery was closed recently due to construction, but was scheduled to re-open this weekend.

I’m looking forward to hearing what Brad has to say.  This Summer, he brought all the drawings to Townsend for me to see. I am looking forward to fishing the new Hatchery Creek. Hopefully, brown, brook and rainbow trout will spawn in this new, man-made stream. The new section will be regulated for catch and release, artificial only angling.

The video below is a very well done story about Hatchery Creek. Enjoy!

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

Byron Begley
December 13, 2015

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