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 cloudy and 50 degrees in Townsend this morning.  There is a little rain falling.  It’s a pretty morning for an angler to enjoy.  Looking out at the mountains makes we want to be off today.

Little River is flowing at 299 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.11 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 262 cfs.  The water temperature at 8 am is 51 degrees.

Fishing is good, not excellent, but good.  I talked to a couple of fishermen yesterday who had really great fishing.  Josh and Jules guided a couple of guys and their sons.  They said fishing was a little slow but everyone caught trout.  The sons were new to the sport but they both did well and were very happy.  Abrams Creek is fishing well but I’m not sure I would try that this weekend.  There is going to be a lot of traffic up there.

Nymphs and dry flies are producing well.  Try a Parachute Adams or gray Neversink Caddis.  An Elk Hair Caddis in a dark color is a good choice too.  More important than fly pattern is presentation and getting a good drift.

Today should be good because of the cloud cover.  We’ll have a brisk breeze sometime today.  Right now the wind is calm.  There is a 30% chance for rain today.  I don’t think we’ll get much.  It is going to be fairly warm with a high of 63 degrees predicted.

Today, a Little River Chapter TU volunteer will be here selling tickets to the Troutfest Banquet to be held next Friday.  You really need to buy them today.  I think this is the official cutoff date.  You can call the store today too, 865-448-9459 to order.

Ticket sales have been good and the auction and raffle prizes are many.  This is going to be a grand event held at the Airport Hilton.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear a coat and tie.  You probably know by now we are not a dressy bunch.  We just like to have fun and raise money for the Smokies fishery program.

We have been busy here.  Boxes of gear are showing up in mass.  I’ve got to pay for this stuff too.  Please come buy some.

The CCT Body Fur, used to tie Game Changer flies did come in yesterday.  The order included a special run I had done without the flash material mixed in.  I think the flash turns fish off in these clear waters.  You can tie the flies using the white material and add the color with Prismatic markers.  I’m taking a couple of packs of the new material home tonight.

We will be closed tomorrow for Easter Sunday.  We close 4 days per year.  Tomorrow is one of them. 

Wilson Reynolds came by yesterday.  He’s a great guy and very smart man.  He produces hunting videos for television.  He is recovering from a broken ankle.  While on trip that was being filmed, a mountain lion jumped down from a ledge knocking Wilson down a hill.  He’s OK but he did break an ankle.  I think his expensive video camera fared worse.

Wilson bought the Valley View Lodge.  This huge piece of property right in town is vast, either 9 or 12 acres.  It went into foreclosure months ago.  The bank sold it to Wilson.

I drove through the property the other day.  They are tearing out everything in the rooms and remodeling.  This is a huge project costing a lot of money.  I know Wilson and he will do it right.  He also owns Tremont Outdoor Resort, the last campground before you enter Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  He has done a wonderful job there.

He and I plan to work on some events together.  We both enjoy marketing and servicing customers. 

“Bad Weather Byron” strikes again.  I’m supposed to be fishing Tuesday.  We are expecting thunderstorms.  I hate being on the lake in a metal boat in a thunderstorm.  There is just something about that I don’t enjoy.  Maybe it’s the noise.

Jack and I got caught in a thunderstorm and an unbelievable rain event on the lake a few years back.  We ran for a launch ramp and stood under the overhang of a small service building.  It poured.  When it was finally over, we went down to the boat only to find it almost full of water.  We pumped her out and caught some smallmouth bass.

I guess Jack and I love bad weather.  We decided once to ride out a tropical storm in Florida.  We were on a fishing trip and hated to cut it short.  The storm surge was predicted to be 2 feet.  It turned out to be 4 feet.  We were in a house on stilts.  That thing swayed back and forth all night.  I moved my truck to high ground but he next morning the water was up to the doors.  We had to wade through fairly deep water from the house to the truck. 

Boats in the marina were on their sides, broken away and drifting the next morning.  Docks were covered with water.  The road washed out on the peninsula where we stayed and practically kept us from driving to the mainland.  Police had the road blocked.  Since we were temporarily living there, actually on a fishing trip, the police let us drive through.  Waves were pounding the top of my truck as we drove through.

We had a great time.  It was an adventure.  My truck has not rusted out yet though I wouldn’t sell it to a friend.  Sometimes you need a little excitement in your life.  I’ve had plenty of that.  This trip was one of them.

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

Byron Begley
April 19, 2014

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