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 clear and 60 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  It will be warm today and tomorrow, then a real cold front will move in.  We are expecting temperatures to drop into the high 30’s to the low 40’s later this week.  It is going to feel like Fall.  It looks like Fall too.  The leaves are turning and dropping.

Little River is flowing at 96 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.60 feet on the flow gauge.  We got a little rain yesterday in the Smokies, but not enough to significantly raise the flows in the Park.  We didn’t get any at the shop.  Median flow for this date is 75 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 60.9 degrees.

The USGS, which is the government agency charged with maintaining our flow gauge has announced it will not be repairing or maintaining the equipment due to the shut-down.  The flow gauges will continue to transmit data unless there is a technical problem.  The gauges will not be calibrated on a regular basis either.  So, data may be off a little in some cases.

Fishing is good in the Smoky Mountains.  Some anglers are walking in at entrances including Townsend and Metcalf Bottoms.  They report people walking on the roads and an occasional ranger driving by.  Of course there is no traffic other than that.  Nymphs and dry flies are working well.

You might consider walking in with your waders in a pack and hiking to a more remote area.  Many of these trout have not seen an angler in two weeks.  My imagination leads me to believe that these fish have lost much of their wary nature.  Maybe they have forgotten about us.  We have not forgotten about them.

I think the smallmouth bass fishing in Little River is not as good as it has been due to lower flows.  These fish are going to be in the deeper pools during the day.  A float trip down Little River might be just the ticket.  You can rent a canoe with a shuttle at River John’s.  Floating from Perry’s Mill down to his location is a 7 mile float through some great smallmouth water.  You can view his website by CLICKING HERE.  I’ve know John for about 20 years.  He runs a top notch outfitting operation.  I think the cost is $40 per canoe which includes the shuttle.  If you rent only one canoe, the cost is $45 per day.  You will end your day back at your truck.  You can also camp on his island right on Little River. 

The generation schedule does not look good today at Norris Dam.  They will be generating all day.  The Holston below Cherokee Dam doesn’t look much better unless you are there right now and way downstream from the dam.  Check the TVA website yourself before going.

I’m talking to a lot of anglers who are fishing in the Cherokee National Forest in the Tellico River watershed.  Fishing has been good there.  It is a beautiful place too.  The roads are open from what I’ve heard.

We are still working diligently to remodel our store.  Soon, we will be moving upstairs to remodel the new fly tying department that will be located there.  Our business is very slow right now due to the government shutdown.  So, we’re spending our time on this project.  I like the way it’s looking so far.  After ten years of pretty much the same layout, what you will see soon is something very different. 

This is the 3rd location.  We own this building and land.  Our store opened in 1994 in 600 square feet of rented space.  This building has 7,000 square feet of space.   

We are also scheduling free fly tying demonstrations and fly tying classes to begin in November and run through February 2014.  We do this every year and it draws anglers into our store at an otherwise slow times.

Tomorrow we will switch our digital communications to a new company.  The same 7 phone lines will hopefully be operable.  Our internet speed should increase to 50 mbs up and down.  Right now, our T-1 line give us about 1.5 mbs.  So, the speed should be 33 times faster than it is now.  I hope this all works out.  We’ll have technicians here tomorrow all day I expect.  Our phone lines may be down temporarily at some point.  Tomorrow should be an interesting day.

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

Byron Begley
October 14, 2013  

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