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 Mountains.  It is dark and raining cats and dogs.  It is warm though, 57 degrees.  Traffic was extremely light on my morning commute.  I may have seen three vehicles.  It is nasty out there.

Little River is flowing at 388 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.49 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 249 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is a very warm 55.5 degrees.  The river looked to be stained earlier but I would not call it muddy yet.  It was hard to tell because it was so dark.

We have already had 1 ¼ inches of rain this morning.  Last night, all night long the wind was howling.  I couldn’t sleep. More strong wind is expected today.  The rain will persist and we will see the river rise this morning and throughout the day.

So far, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has not mentioned closed roads.  I bet some will be closed due to the wind we experienced last night.  Surely, trees fell on some roads.

It is pouring out there right now.

I don’t see any point in going fishing today.  Flash flooding is a possibility.  High stained water is a given.  It could be dangerous on the rivers and in the forest. 

Some fishermen took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday and did catch some trout.  The water was warm which caused some feeding activity.  The wind was strong which made fly fishing difficult.  Yesterday, the high temperature reached the 70’s. 

A cold front will move in tomorrow night.  We’ll be back to lows in the 20’s with highs in the 30’s to 40’s.  There is no chance for precipitation through Saturday.  It is going to be chilly.

We are open today.  We are open every Sunday unless it happens to fall on one of the four holidays we close.  I’m here early as usual but Bill and Paul will be here at 9:00 am and we will be open until 5:00 pm.

We will close at noon on Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day.  There are families here, visiting Townsend for a Smoky Mountains Christmas.  I love a Smoky Mountains Christmas.  Paula and I have not left Townsend on Christmas since we married. 

I used to come to the store on Christmas Day to check on Dubbing, our shop cat.  Dubbing lives a home with us now.  I’ll still probably come by here to check on things.  There is always a chance, I’ll need some kind of fly tying material too.  There is no doubt I will tie some flies Christmas Day.

There is one huge advantage to owning a fly shop and living 5 minutes away from it, if I need some thread, hooks or materials at home, when we are closed, I can just drive here and get what I need.  I do pay for what I buy the next day. 

Customers will be doing some last minute Christmas shopping today and tomorrow.  Mail order has slowed.  One item we do offer that can be delivered by Christmas immediately is an e-mail gift card.  We will probably sell some of those between now and Christmas Eve.

You can call or order online today or tomorrow.  We will send an e-mail to whoever gets this fine gift and they can start spending it right away.  We do send the actual plastic card in the mail.  But, the way our system works is, you can lose your card and we still have a record of the sale and any transactions on that card.  You can use them to purchase online, over the phone or in person.  So, keep that in mind if you forgot to buy something for your fishing buddy.  We can make it happen.

Well, today I get to make deposits, run payroll, pay bills and make the payroll tax deposit.  That’s what I do every Sunday.  It’s not the most fun part of the job but it has to be done.  On Sunday, I walk into my office at about 7:45 am and walk out, finished, at around 4:00 pm with the job done.  We close at 5:00 and I go hime.  That is always a good feeling.

UPDATE 1:36 PM - LITTLE RIVER IS FLOWING AT 2,850 CFS OR 5.88 FEET ON THE GAUGE. THAT IS A NEW HIGH FLOW RECORD FOR THIS DATE. THE RIVER HAS NOT PEAKED.  

I hope you all have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
December 22, 2013

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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