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 5:23 am, the temperature is 50.2 degrees. Today will be cooler, with a high temperature of 61 degrees and a low tonight of 45.  We have an 80% chance for more rain today. The flash flood watch has been lifted in our County. 

It will cooler over the holiday weekend. Expect high in the high 40’s, Friday through Sunday. Lows at night will range from the high 20’s to low 30’s.

Little River is flowing at 1,060 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.29 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 288 cfs. The water temperature is currently 54.5 degrees.

Fishermen will find swift streams today. Be careful wading. I would fish a small stream. We do not take beginner fly fishing students to Little River when the gauge reading is over 2.5 feet. Right now, the gauge reading is over 3 feet.

I can’t find any rainfall predictions today. If you are fishing in the Smokies, always be watching for rising water. The ground is saturated and it would not take much rain to raise the rivers quickly.

After today, there probably won’t be much if any rain through January 8th.

If you are visiting this weekend, as many people are, you can expect higher than normal flows and cooler water temperatures. The streams will probably be fishable, depending on what happens today.

Following this weekend, temperatures are predicted to be warmer than normal through January 13th. Next week will probably be quite a bit warmer than normal. Maybe we will have a warm January and fairly good fishing. The normal high temperature in early January is 48 degrees. The normal low is 25 to 26 degrees.

This has been an abnormal year. Fishing is been very good in the Smokies. I don’t remember a December like we have had. Fishing has been awesome when the water was not too high.

Try to be at the shop Saturday, January 2nd to attend a free fly tying demonstration. All you have to do is show up, between 10 am and 2 pm.

We will have two featured fly tyers, Josh Pfeiffer and Clayton Gist. They will be tying simultaneously in different areas of the shop. Just come in, pull up a chair, watch, listen and ask questions.

Josh is a professional guide from Maryville, Tennessee. He guides in the Smokies for trout, and on tailwaters for trout and smallmouth bass. He also floats clients down Little River, in a raft, fishing for smallies.

I have fished with Josh several times, floating rivers for smallmouth bass.  He has a wealth of knowledge about these fish. We float the rivers, I do what he tells me to do, and we always have a great day. He has that game figured out. Josh is also an instructor at our school. You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.

Clayton is an old friend who’s specialty is trout. He loves fishing large rivers for picky trout. Clayton spends several weeks each year, fishing and guiding on the San Juan River in New Mexico. Here, he fishes the Clinch and Holston rivers.

Clayton ties a lot of tiny flies and he is good at it. He has been fly fishing for a long time. He loves teaching, and contributes his time to that cause. He is a very active member of the Clinch River Chapter of TU. The Chapter is known for teaching fly fishing and fly tying. They offer tying classes during the Winter, on week nights, and I know a lot of people who got their start in this fascinating hobby, at their classes.

You don’t have to be a fly tyer to benefit from our Free Saturday Tying Demonstrations. By watching the demonstrators, and asking questions, you will learn more than you can imagine about fly fishing in general.

So, show up at the shop Saturday and spend the day. You will benefit greatly and anjoy your time with Josh and Clayton.

I worked Christmas week, but I’m taking three days off beginning tomorrow. Daniel will be writing the Fishing Report.

I hope you all have a great New Year!

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

Byron Begley
December 30, 2015 

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