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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is 3 degrees and it feels like it.  I stopped to help a man who’s truck was broken down on Old Cades Cove Road.  He said it was overheating though it was full of antifreeze.  I guess the thermostat was stuck in the closed position.  He talked to a mechanic at the repair shop in town on his cell phone.  He told me to go on, everything would be fine.  It would not take long to freeze to death out there.

Little River is flowing at 251 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.98 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 314 cfs.  The water temperature as reported by the USGS website is 32 degrees.  That is where their thermometer bottoms out. 

There is no way I would go fishing today in the Smoky Mountains.  It’s too cold.  The water is cold.  If you fell in, you could die quickly.  Don’t go.  The trout are not going to be biting anyway.

Kent Edmonds and Dave Chouinard will be arriving tonight.  If they make it in time, Paula and I will take them out to dinner.  I got Kent a room at Dock’s Motel.  Dave will stay in his Simms motor home in our parking lot.  When he does that, he plugs into one of our power outlets outside the building. It is going to be a lot warmer tonight, around 19 degrees.  Can you believe this?

Kent, Dave, Sarah Weeks and Buzz Buffington will be in the store tomorrow for our Free Super Saturday event. 

Kent is a guide in Georgia and he invented the Stealth Bomber fly.  He is also a Certified Fly Fishing Instructor.  He hosts clients on his local waters, fly fishing for stripers and shoal bass.  Kent will be tying part of the day and giving a casting demonstration later.  Kent works for Temple Fork Fly Rods and Rainy’s Flies.

Many of you know Buzz.  He is an expert fly fisherman.  His home water is the Clinch River.  He has those trout figured out.  He will be tying for you between 10 am and 2 pm.

Sarah is the Director of Development for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  She will be here to meet you and talk about the Smokes and Friends.  Sarah does fly fish and tie flies.  Tomorrow she will be devoting her time to you and Friends.

Captain Dave Chouinard works for Simms.  If you see that huge motor home traveling around the Southeast United States, Dave is driving.  He uses that vehicle as a showroom for dealers.  Tomorrow he will be meeting you and talking about Simms.  Dave is also a tarpon guide living in Tampa Florida. 

You will enjoy our event tomorrow.  It’s free.  All you have to do is show up.  It starts and 10 am and ends at 2 pm.

I had a doctor appointment yesterday.  I get a checkup twice a year.  My doc is a fly fisherman too.  In fact, he has a jet boat.  He goes to Yellowstone at least once a year.  We discussed my health, lack of exercise, drinking plenty of fluids, fishing this coming spring, boats, motors, fishing in Florida and just the usual stuff.

We both agreed we have had enough of this cold weather and can’t wait until spring.  We both pledged to get our boats to the dealer for a checkup this winter instead waiting until spring. I do the motor maintenance except for changing the impellers on the water pump.  That’s why I’m taking Paula’s boat in.  It’s time for new impellers.

I hope to see you tomorrow.  Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
January 24, 2014


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