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 65 degrees in Townsend this morning.

That huge band of thunderstorms and rain that was expected to cause flooding here missed us completely yesterday and last night.  Our rain gauge was bone dry this morning.  I looked at the 24 hour weather radar and found that most of the bad weather skirted to our west. 

So, Little River is flowing just barely above normal at 247 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.97 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 231 cfs.  The water temperature at 8 am is 62 degrees.  I drove by Little River on my way to work.  The water is clear.

All  the weather websites are still saying we’ll get the rain today.  We are still under a flood watch.  The National Weather Service says we may get between 1 inch to 3 inches of rain.  We may get some wind out of this, and possibly thunderstorms.  I’ll believe it when I see it. 

After tomorrow morning, the watches will be over.  Friday through Sunday look good.  If you are planning a trip to the Smokies this weekend, pay close attention to what happens today.  If three inches of rain hit the mountains, the streams will be blown out temporarily.  If we don’t get much rain, fishing should be very good.

Fishing in the Smokies has been very good.  It might have been very good yesterday if anyone went.  I doubt if many did go due to the weather forecast.

Jack Beith (JB) went fishing Sunday with Jack Gregory (JG) in the Park and they had an awesome day.  I think Jack Beith said he caught over 30 trout.  He was fishing with the best fly fisherman I know, JG.  JG is one of my best friends and we have fished all over the Country together.  He always catches a lot more fish than I do.  I don’t mind.  He’s a much better fisherman.  He tries harder too.

These guys were taking turns fishing the runs and riffles and stayed together.  I’m almost positive JB said JG caught a lot more fish than he did.

JB got an eye opening experience Sunday.  He learned some tricks.  He won’t forget them either.

They used one fly all day.  I don’t know what it was.  It probably didn’t matter.  JG never got hung in a tree.  He’s too good a caster for that to happen.

One thing I’ve noticed about Jack Gregory is, he is quiet.  We fish in an aluminum boat on the lakes.  I’m always careful not to bang the boat with anything.  He is even quieter than I am.  We catch fish when we are together because we are both quiet.  Smallmouth bass fishing, in an aluminum boat is like turkey hunting.  If you make noise you won’t catch fish, simple as that.  Jack understands that fishing is just like hunting. 

I hope we get some rain today but the streams don’t get blown out.  We’ve had some great weather for fishing the Smokies this Spring.  Most of the weekends have provided good conditions, unlike last year.

Lynn Talley and I drove up to the new Tremont Lodge and Resort that is being remodeled yesterday evening.  Lynn and her family have owned the Talley Ho Inn for three generations.  We wanted to talk to Wilson Reynolds who just bought the former Valley View Lodge.  Wilson also owns Tremont Outdoor Resort Campground and Cabins.  We are going back to see Wilson today.

Wilson’s new Lodge sits on 16 beautiful acres right in the heart of town.  He is gutting every room and replacing everything.  The grounds will be immaculate in a few days.  There are three swimming pools, and one is indoors.  Everyone in town is excited about what he is doing.  This is going to be a showplace. 

You can read the article about the lodge and the plan on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE

I’ve known Wilson for a few years.  When he says he is going to do something, he does it.  Read that article.

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

Byron Begley
April 30, 2014

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