Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 39 degrees in Townsend this afternoon.  It is a new year and our data lines have been down for 24 hours.  Evidently a fiber optic cable was cut somewhere.  So, this fishing report is a few hours late.

Little River is running strong at 652 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 309 cfs.  The water temperature at 2:10 pm was 44.5 degrees. We had 1.30” of rain in our gauge this morning.  Since I did not check it yesterday, that was the reading for the past 48 hours.

The water is fairly clear.  The river has peaked and there is no rain expected for the next few days.  Thought the forecast called for partly sunny skies today, we have yet to see that.  Tomorrow should be sunny and fairly warm, 47 degrees.

If you go fishing over the next few days, use nymphs and pinch on some extra weight.  Get those flies down. You might find a hatch of blue wing olives and trout rising to them so be ready with the right flies.  A blue wing olive in a #16 or #18 should work for that.  But, for the most part, nymph fishing is what I would do.

Our Free Saturday Fly Tying Demonstrations begin Saturday at 10:00.  Jack Gregory and Roger Lowe will be tying for you until 2:00 pm.  These guys are expert tyers and fishermen.  You will enjoy the day here on Saturday.

This has been a crazy day without our T-1 line.  We could not use phones, the internet, sell fishing licenses, gift cards or process credit cards.  Last night, we were without a security system.  It looks like we are finally back to normal.

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

Byron Begley
January 2, 2013


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