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 5:44 am, the temperature is 57.7 degrees.

A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for our area, beginning this afternoon and extending through Thursday morning.

“Another 1 to 1 ½ inches of rain can be expected this afternoon and evening”

“Another system is expected to move into the area Wednesday through Wednesday night and could produce an additional 1-2 inches of rainfall”. The exact track of this system is not known. It may miss us.

So, we could get between 2 to 3 ½ inches of rain this week. The ground is saturated and streams are flowing high. This does not look good.

It is going to be warm today, with a high of 72 degrees. Tonight’s low will be near 60 degrees. Then, it will cool off some. By New Years Day, temperatures will gradually drop to the 30’s at night with a high in the low 40’s on the holiday.

Yesterday was beautiful. I talked to one couple from Arkansas. They were fishing small streams and caught a couple of trout Saturday, when the water was very high. They plan to fish here all week. They are obviously experienced fly fishermen and were aware of the high water. They are making the best of it and enjoying their visit here.

Paula and I sat on the front porch yesterday evening watching the sunset, lighting the Smoky Mountains that surround Cades Cove. After darkness fell, bats were flying all around us, right by our heads. The house lights were attracting insects. The bats were enjoying a warm night with plenty of food, the last week of the year. Unbelievable!

Bats are interesting creatures. We have plenty living around our house. In fact, we have a new bat house that has yet to be installed. One or more live between the front porches and the house in a thin space. They chatter. We sit outside, when it is cooler at night, and hear them chattering. Last night, they were flying.

Little River is flowing at 809 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.00 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 313 cfs. The water temperature is 57 degrees.

You can fish in the Smokies today. I would fish a small stream. The water is high and swift. Be careful wading. Nymphs will probably work best. The water temperature is perfect for trout feeding activity.

By all means, watch the water upstream. When we are under a flash flood watch, the potential for a catastrophic event is high. Personally, I would not go fishing today. But, if you really want to go, be careful. Don’t get far from the bank near the road. If the water rises, you could find yourself stuck on the wrong side of the stream.

Water could rise quickly forcing you to seek high ground. I don’t think you should go, but if you are inclined to do so, be careful. These are dangerous conditions. The rain should begin this morning.

If you are fishing, and see stained water approaching, get out of the stream quickly.

Like I said, I would not go. Fishing in the Smokies could be dangerous this week. I suspect, the water will be very high by tomorrow and you would not want to go anyway.

I forgot to mention that we are also under a “Wind Advisory” this afternoon and tonight. Gusts could reach 30 miles per hour. Limbs may be falling. They could fall on your head. I would not go.

The good news is, after Wednesday, it will be dry and cool for a few days. The long term forecast does not indicate rain until January 7th.

We are busy at the shop working on the new online store. My job is photography. I’m working hard to stay ahead of Dan and Daniel, who are writing and doing the assembly of the store. What a job this is going to be.

If I remember correctly, when Daniel and I built the first online store, we spent 2,000 hours getting the job done. Back then, the internet connection at our store was much slower. We spent a lot of time waiting for pages to load onto our remote server.

There will be three of us working on this one, Daniel, Dan and me. If I’m correct about the time it took before, and we each work 50 hours per week on the project, it will take 13 weeks. I could be totally wrong about the time it will take to complete. But, so far, I have not heard any time estimates but my own and I’m talking to myself very early in the morning. Maybe my math is wrong.

It may go quicker because much of the content has been written. We can copy that from the old store. The old photos on the other hand, can’t be used. They are too small for the new software. What have I gotten myself into? I think I’ve gotten myself into working over 70 hours per week this Winter. This fishing report takes 14 hours per week. I pay the bills and run payroll.

I better get busy.

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

Byron Begley
December 28, 2015

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