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

Little River is flowing at 747 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.15 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 287 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 47 degrees.

Fly fishing in the Smokies might be fair today.  The water is still high.  Wading in some areas could be dangerous.  When the water is high, and the air is cold, many fly fishermen switch to spinning rods.  They can cast from the bank without wading.  I don’t do that.  I don’t think I even have a spinning rod.  If I do, it is old and lost. 

Use weighted nymphs or streamers if you are fly fishing.  The water is fairly warm for now and you may catch some trout though it won’t be easy.  Don’t expect too much.  Just enjoy your time on the water. 

It will be warm today, with a high temperature around 53 degrees.  Tonight, the cold front will move in and change everything.  Tomorrow the high will only reach the mid 30’s.  The low tomorrow night may be in the teens.  Cold air and possibility for snow continues through Friday night.  Thursday will be clear but on the cold side.

Our Free Super Saturday events continue.  This Saturday we will have two fly tyers demonstrating for you, Mike Bryant and Tim Ivey.  Come in and meet these guys.  They will be here from 10 am until 2 pm.  Just show up, it’s free.

Mike lives here.  But he has fished all over the country from the Keys to Alaska.  He has been an avid fly fisher for a long time.  Mike loves fly fishing for trout, steelhead, tarpon, salmon, bass, bluegill and just about any fish species you can think of.  He is an excellent fly tyer.  One thing Mike has done over the years is seek out specialized training from professionals.  Chris Helm is one of his friends.  There is no doubt that Chris is a professional fly tyer.  Mike is also the President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Tim lives in Georgia.  He is a professional fly tyer and demonstrator.  We’ve know Tim a long time and he knows what he is doing at the bench.  I have watched him tie many times and marvel at his poppers.  He loves tying and fishing poppers.  But, he can tie anything.  Tim has traveled to many fly fishing shows and FFF Conclaves to demonstrate his skills.  If there is a fly fishing show in the Southeast, Tim is usually there.

So, come on over Saturday and enjoy the day.

Mark Brown will be here in a few minutes.  He is the Sales Manager at Chota.  We are working on product videos.  Our videos will be accessible on YouTube.  Chota dealers around the United States and abroad can imbed these videos into their websites.  Mar and I plan to work 4 hours today.  I have worked 9 days straight and hopefully tomorrow, I will be off and at home. 

There, I am trying to tie large Game Changer flies.  I started one last night that I think will be about 7 inches long.  Jack and I are planning to tie some that are 9 to 12 inches long.  These big flies will be used to catch large brown trout and huge smallmouth bass.  We are hoping to cast them with 10 weight rods but we both have 12 weights if needed.  I have a couple of 11 weight rods tucked away somewhere.  They might come out of retirement. 

Blind casting these big rods wear me out.  It’s one thing, to make 100 casts or less in a day shooting flies to cruising tarpon.  It is a whole different game trying to cover water casting these big rods for an extended period of time.

I don’t know how this is going to work out.  I know one thing.  Big fish are going to be seeing something they have never seen before this Spring.  Other fly fishermen are going to see some odd stuff going on too. 

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

Byron Begley
January 14, 2014

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