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 overcast this morning at 34 degrees.  Traffic was fairly heavy at when I drove to work.  I probably saw 25 or more vehicles on the roads.  We do have a lot of visitors in town for the Christmas holiday. 

Bill and I will be here until noon in case you have some last minute shopping to do.  At noon, we will be locking the doors and going home.  You can call us and order an e-mail gift card and we’ll send it out this morning.  I doubt if the actual card will go in the mail today.  I’m not even sure if the post office is open.  He and I will be the only people here so going to the post office may be impossible anyway.  We will be closed tomorrow.

Little River is flowing strong at 1,140 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.71 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 265 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am is 46 degrees. 

Fly fishing the streams and rivers today could be dangerous if you are not careful.  If you go fishing, choose a smaller stream and don’t wade much.  Stay near the bank.  The same holds true on the larger rivers.  The water is pretty warm right now to the trout.  If you fall in the water will be cold to you.

I would use nymphs and get them down.  I would not think about going today. 

I will be shooting trap this afternoon.  That is a Christmas Eve tradition.  I will be shooting with my buddy Jim.  Jim is a good shot.  I’m terrible. 

I remember when I was a kid, my dad and I would set up a trap on Christmas Eve right behind the house and fire away.  Sometimes we would go hunting too, rabbit hunting.  Suzie, my rabbit hunting beagle loved the holidays, from Thanksgiving on.  I usually went hunting on Christmas day afternoon.  Sam, my English Setter quail dog was gun shy.  If he even saw me with a gun he would run into his house.  He sure did make a great pet though.

Some of the fence rows on our farm were left un-mowed.  Since I did the mowing when I was young, I made the decisions on what to leave growing for the rabbits and quail.  There were other areas on the farm that I didn’t mow.  All the neighbors around us let me hunt on their farms.  I probably had 1,000 to 1,500 acres that I could go hunting on, any time I wanted to.  If you were a rabbit, quail, ground hog, duck, squirrel or crow, life was dangerous for you in that area of Madison County, Kentucky.  I never saw deer or turkeys.  They probably knew better.

Now, where we live, we see deer, bear and tons of wild turkeys.  I’ve never shot anything on our property.  I would not shoot a bear, I like watching them.  We get all the free venison we can eat so there is no need to shoot a deer.  The turkeys are like pets.  Our neighbor feeds them.  I like seeing those birds almost every day.  But I can’t wait to blast away at some clay targets today.  Now that is fun!     

It is going to get cold tonight, down into the teens.  We’ll see lows in the 20’s at night this week.  Christmas Day will be sunny and in the 40’s.  I can’t wait. 

I hope you all have a great Christmas and I look forward to seeing you Thursday.  Actually, I’m going to be off Friday too.  Man, two days off this week.  Awesome.

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

Byron Begley
December 24, 2013

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