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’s another beautiful day.  The sky is clear and the temperature is 51 degrees.  It doesn’t get much better than this.

Little River is flowing near normal at 205 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.84 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 214 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:58 am is 55.5 degrees.

Fishing is awesome.  Everyone I talked to yesterday was using dry flies.  One fellow walked in, said he was catching the heck out of trout and needed more flies.  He was going back.  This was in the middle of the day.  It’s time to be out there.

The hottest dry flies right now are Light Cahills and Yellow Sally Stonefly imitations.  It’s hard to beat the Yellow Neversink Caddis.  Elk Hair Caddis are working well.  I’m sure the Yellow Parachute Adams is a winner.  Nymphs will work too if you are inclined.  A Pheasant Tail, Tellico Nymph and Green Weenies would be my choice.

Flows are good enough that trout are not as spooky as they were when the water was lower.  The water temperatures are very good too.  The trout’s metabolism is in high gear.  That probably won’t change for a few days, maybe longer.  The conditions are just right and fishing is excellent in the Smokies.

I haven’t had a day off in 10 days.  Tomorrow is the day.  I would like to fish one of the lakes tomorrow but there is too much to do at home.  I haven’t unpacked the fishing and boat stuff from our Florida trip.  That will get done tomorrow.  The fishing room at home is a mess.  The kayaks are not even in the barn.  After that’s done, I’ll start tying flies for our next trip to the sunshine state. 

I might get to wash our boat too.  We’ll be fishing in it next week.

Business is good here.  I went to the bank yesterday to deposit the weekend cash.  As usual, the ladies at the bank asked how our weekend was at the “Bait Shop”.  My dad called Little River Outfitters a bait shop too.  I told the ladies, business was good and we actually ran out of horny head minnows.  I always talk about our night crawlers, crickets, earth worms and minnows.  Of course, we don’t sell bait.  It’s a big joke and we always laugh about the bait shop at the bank.

I didn’t know it until I moved here, people eat horny head minnows, at least they do or did here.  Horny heads are supposed to be a delicacy.  I don’t know if people eat them whole like a sardine or somehow filet the small fish.  I would like to try it some day if I can find someone to give me some direction. 

Finally, after working on it since February, we launched a new website yesterday.  It is a complete Fishpond gear guide.  I came up with the design and started building it.  My intent was to do something different, so people could see products the way I would like to see them.  The photos are large.  The 82 Fishpond products are categorized.  When you click on a category, you just scroll down.  You don’t have to click to see larger images.  They are right there.

I wrote all the content.  It is original which is important to search engines.  If you decide to buy something, you simply click on the “Buy Now” button and that will take you to the appropriate page on our online store.

This is a separate website from Little River  The domain name is “”.  The search engines have not indexed it yet.  That may take a few days.  Just CLICK HERE or type in your browser window and you will be there. 

I did some research on the company and you will find a video on the site of the owners talking about the company.  Two of the owners, Ben and Will are very young.  They bought out one of the original founders. 

It is an interesting website and I hope you visit soon and let me know what you think.  We are rebuilding our whole web presence this year.  I plan to spend at least 40 hours per week doing just that.  Writing the content is the time consuming part.  Some days it is easy and others are difficult.

Look at the Nomad fishing nets.  And, if you fish from a kayak or canoe or any other boat for that matter, check out the collection of waterproof gear and boat bags. 

Right now, I’m not seeing much activity on Google Analitics.  I’m sure that will come soon.

Daniel just walked in and told me our online store is down.  He contacted our host to get that straightened out.  Hopefully it will be back up in a few minutes.

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

Byron Begley
May 20, 2014

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