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 6:03 am, heavy rain is falling and the temperature is 52.9 degrees. Today, ¼” of rain is expected. The high temperature today is expected to be 57 degrees.

It is going to be cooler tomorrow, through Saturday with highs in the 40’s and lows in the high 20’s. Then, it will warm again through the end of December. Expect high temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s with lows in the 40’s and 50’s. We will get some more rain next week.

Little River is flowing at 154 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.69 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 274 cfs. The water temperature is 50.9 degrees this morning.

Fishing may be very good today. It could go either way. The water temperature is fine. Trout love rain. Sometimes, they do not like an approaching cold front, which is coming.

I think fishing will slow some this weekend, then pick back up next week. Fly fishermen who are visiting Townsend for the Christmas Holiday, or live here, will be in for a treat. We should have very warm temperatures and good fly fishing for trout in the Smoky Mountains all of next week. I can say that because, the water will be warm and within the trout’s preferred temperature range.

Lowland river fishing may be good too. I have not heard any reports from fly fishermen who have fished lower Little River. December is usually a good month to fish for stocked trout in the river. This year, December has offered the best fishing in our area I can remember, due to the warm temperatures.

Fly fishing for smallmouth bass in the lowland rivers may be something to try. I haven’t in a while. Maybe I should. A December like we are having is new territory for me, and for everyone I know.

If you are visiting Townsend, you may want to book a day with one of the five guides we work with, Josh Pfeiffer, Rob Fightmaster, David Knapp, Mike Bone or Rocky Cox. You can read about them and find their contact information by CLICKING HERE.

Both Norris and Cherokee dams will be generating today. TVA is still drawing down the lakes. Douglas, Center Hill, Wolf Creek and Melton Hill will be generating too. Hopefully we’ll get a break soon.

We are still shipping Christmas gift orders with on-time delivery for the holiday. We do a lot of that this time of year. Gift cards are the hot item right now. We are mailing them out every day. If you buy a gift card next week, you may want the e-mail version. Those will be available through Wednesday, December 23rd. We can e-mail the certificate that can be redeemed by any method, (phone, shop or online). We will close at noon Christmas Eve through Christmas Day and re-open Saturday December 26th. 

I launched our new re-designed and re-built Fishpond website yesterday. I’ve been working on it for a while, off and on for three months. All that has to be done now is editing text, which I will do this week. The website was completely re-designed, so I had to launch it all at once, because the menu is new. Due to my paranoia based on 40 years experience, owning computers, I kept the thing backed up to 4 hard drives.  You can visit the website at Click on that link.

We’ve got a brand new 27” iMac at the store, still in the shipping box. I didn’t even open it. Now that this is done, I’m taking this Mac and that one to MCI in Knoxville and have both set-up with new software and mirrored. I’ll do that next week. I’ll bring the new one home and do my work on it. It will have two monitors I can use at one time. We’ll use this Mac at the shop, for website design, photography and online store construction.

I remember the first computer I bought. The main processor and hard drive array weighed several hundred pounds.  The tape backup probably weighed 200 pounds and used large spools of tape, maybe 14” in diameter. The computer had two hard drives, each capable of holding 12 megabytes of data. The main processor was located in it’s own small room next to my office. The computer had 3 terminals. I think the whole thing cost about $60,000. That was some serious money back then. It still is. I bought it in the mid to late 70’s. The sole purpose was accounting for the printing and dry cleaning company.

Before then, I never thought I would own a computer. Now I carry one in my pocket with much more power, speed and storage at a fraction of the cost of the first one. Times have changed.

I bought 7 Apple Macintosh computers when they were first introduced in the early 80’s. I owned a printing company, with operations in Nashville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky. We had no idea back then, how Apple Computer would change the printing industry and our lives. I wish I had known then, what I know now.

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

Byron Begley
December 17, 2015

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