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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is overcast and 37 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic is ultra-light.  I saw only 3 vehicles on my way to work. 

Little River is flowing lower than yesterday and the water is clear.  Flow is still very high at 1,110 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.50 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 350 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:00 am is 43 degrees.

It will rain this afternoon and tonight.  There is a high wind warning in effect tonight too.  We may have gusts as high as 40 miles per hour.

We have a chance for snow Friday though not much of one.  More rain is expected this weekend.

Needless to say, this is not a good week to plan a vacation to Townsend. Fishing is slow, the swimming pools are covered, the tubing companies are closed, as are many of the restaurants.

There is one bright spot.  The new Ace Hardware is opening tomorrow.  I have been anticipating that. I’ve seen Kenny, the manager a couple of times.  I perused the Ace Hardware website trying to see what they will be selling.  This is a big deal in our little town.  This store is actually owned by a former Townsend resident.  Most, if not all of the staff are from Townsend.  Kenny was our Mayor at one time.  He lives .7 miles from the store.

If you decide to go fly fishing today in the Smokies, be careful. Some smaller streams may be fishable. You can always stand near the bank and do some high sticking with weighted nymphs even in the big rivers. Most importantly, be careful wading. There is strong current in the rivers.  

I ordered fly tying materials most of the day yesterday.  Our thread department looked bad.  But, it was just re-stocked Friday.  A lot of thread was sold last weekend and the week before.  More will be arriving by Friday, I hope.  The fly tying department sales were up 26.88% from January of last year.  Tyers are liking our new department which we moved upstairs in October.  By fly shop standards, the department is big.  Now, it is going to take more time to manage it.  I’m glad. 

Mike Adams will be here Saturday.  Mike is a guide living in Bluff City, Tennessee.  He guides on the South Holston, Watauga and other rivers in the area.  He is also a very talented fly tyer.  His patterns are sold by Holly Flies and we stock some of them here.

Mike will be tying between 10 am and 2 pm.  This event is free. Just show up.  If you are interested in fly fishing these rivers, Mike is the guy to talk to.  He always does an event here in February and he draws a big crowd.  CLICK HERE to see our February lineup of Free Saturday events.  This month will be over before we know it and Spring will arrive.

Get ready!

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

Byron Begley
February 4, 2014

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