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 very warm 69.6 degrees. That will be the high temperature today. We have a 100% chance for rain today. It will remain unseasonably warm through Wednesday during the day but cooler at night. And, further into the future, through December 28th, it will continue to be warm, 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal. This has been and will continue to be a rare December, as far as temperatures are concerned.

Little River is flowing at 162 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.72 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 260 cfs. The water temperature is 54.7 degrees this morning.

I was at the shop yesterday for a while. I only talked to one returning angler. He fished with nymphs on the Middle Prong for a while and only caught two trout. He told me he did see surface activity, in the form of aquatic insects on the water and trout rising to them. Dan said other anglers were using dry flies during the past couple of days.

I have been looking at water and air temperatures daily, since 2007, gathering information to write this fishing report. Of course, I’ve never seen anything like this in December. It hasn’t happened, as far as I know. If November set a record for high temperatures in the eastern United States, as I’ve read it did, December will certainly do the same.

Looking at the forecast, I believe fishing will continue to be good through at least December 28th, unless the forecast changes. Who knows what January will look like. Maybe we will have good fishing in January too. And then, we could have an early Spring.

I’m just thinking out loud so don’t make plans for a big fishing vacation here in January. We may have two feet of snow on the ground and sub-freezing temperatures day and night.

Trout activity is controlled by the water temperature. If the water temperature is like it is now, in the 50’s, trout fishing in the Smokies is going to be good. When the water temperature drops into the 40’s, fishing will slow. At 40 degrees, trout are lethargic and do not eat much.

It appears we will be getting rain, this week and next week. We could use that.

Paul launched his Gheenoe at Fort Loudoun lake Saturday with his son and grandson. He said there were plenty of boaters and fishermen on the water. He also said the lake has been dropped about 3 feet, for the Winter. They didn’t fish, but just motored around.

If I get a day off this week, I hope to service our boat’s engine. I love doing that. It makes me feel like I’m going fishing. I keep an inventory of parts and lubricants for the job in the boat house. It takes motor oil, gear case lube, spark plugs, oil filter and a fuel filter.

I could do the job in an hour. I usually take longer than that because I enjoy the experience. After I’m finished, I hook a water hose to the water intake on the lower unit, start it, and let the motor run for a while. The water hose keeps the cooling system doing it’s job while the motor runs.  The boat batteries are hooked to “smart” chargers continuously. I usually do this in March but this warm weather has me mixed up, in a good way.

We are selling gift cards like crazy at the shop. I just looked at online orders that came in overnight. More gift cards! That will continue through Christmas Eve. You can buy them online, up until the last minute, before Christmas Eve. For last minute shoppers, we can e-mail a gift certificate, that can be redeemed by phone, in the shop or online. Customers will be taking advantage of that option, especially next week. Right now, we can still send you the plastic versions through the mail. You can buy them online or call 865-448-9459 to order over the phone.

We are still shipping tackle and other gear for Christmas delivery too.  It’s not too late.

It is very windy this morning. If this keeps up, I would probably not go fishing in the Smokies today. It may die down later. If so, this may be a great day to fish.

Have a great day whether you fish or not and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
December 14, 2015

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