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 5:34 am, the temperature is an incredible 57.2 degrees. There is still a slight chance for rain today and it will be dry tomorrow. Rain returns in the forecast Monday.

The Knoxville Airport reported 2.19 inches of rain yesterday, which was a record for the day. The prior record was 1.61 inches, set in 1875. The weather station I watch in Townsend reported 1.6 inches of rain yesterday.

Little River is flowing at 2,430 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 4.94 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 302 cfs.

Yesterday, Little River peaked at about 4,000 cfs or 6.25 feet on the gauge.

Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains is probably out of the question. For sure, fishing in Little River is not recommended. Flows are high and wading is dangerous.

Little River will likely recede today and tomorrow if the rain misses us today. More rain is moving toward Townsend right now but it appears it may veer to the West. A large cell will come close, with an hour or so, and we could get some rain from it. We remain under a flood watch this morning due to the possibility of up to an additional inch of rain.

It appears Tennessee Valley Authority may be holding water back in some secondary impoundments. This happened recently, in our last large rain event a week or two ago. This is done to help control flooding in the Tennessee River. Check the TVA website to determine if you have fly fishing opportunities in your favorite tailwater today.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has a new video online streaming platform. You can read more about this new service by visiting the WBIR website. CLICK HERE.

You can watch some of the older shows free, on your computer, called Tennessee Uncharted, by CLICKING HERE.

TWRA will rely on sponsorship advertising and a $4.99 per month subscription, to raise money for the TWRA Foundation and to support conservation in our state.

I don’t know exactly how this will work, but I think, if you subscribe, you can watch the channel on a computer, tablet, phone or smart TV. It may also work using a streaming box for an older television or an app on a smart TV.

Paula and I have a “Sling” streaming subscription and can watch it on any device that is set up for streaming using an app, or on a televisions equipped with a streaming box. In fact, I’m watching CNN right now on my iPad, using Sling.

We dropped our cable service, about 3 weeks ago, and use streaming to watch television. We also removed our land phone line. Our security system at home uses it’s own cell phone to provide monitoring. We use cell phones to communicate. We did keep our high speed internet connection. Things are changing.

We have enjoyed the best fly fishing weather in December, than I can remember. It has been warm here and in the east United States. That will continue through the end of December, with temperatures running 10 degrees or higher, than normal. Fishing in the Smoky Mountains has been incredible at times this month. David Knapp said the East Prong of Little River was “One Fire” earlier this week. We heard the same from other anglers.

It will be interesting to see what happens in January. 

Little River Outfitters will be open today and tomorrow. We will be close next Friday, January 1st, then re-open Saturday.

Our Free Fly Tying Demonstrations will begin on Saturdays next month. When I get the list of tyers and dates, I will advertise them here and in the schedules on our website.

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

Byron Begley
December 26, 2015

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