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 foggy and 53 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning. The trees in our valley are finally changing colors.  I noticed last night when I drove home, Rich Mountain was gold in color, all of a sudden.  When I pulled in the driveway at home, a deer ran into the woods. 

Little River is staying near the same flow every day.  I thought the USGS website was not functioning.  It is. But, the daily variance is subtle, up or down only an inch or less.  Right now, flow in the river is 72 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.48 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 87 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:50 am is 53 degrees, same as the air.

Fishing is pretty good in the Smoky Mountains.  Some more water would help.  Anglers who are used to fishing low water in the Fall are doing fine.  Dry flies, nymphs or a combination of both are working.  There are a lot of midges on the water and trout are feeding on them.  Major hatches of mayflies are not happening this time of year.  Major hatches of all aquatic insects are low.  The trout are hungry and looking for food.  Some are spawning or preparing for the event.  Brook trout and browns spawn during the Fall.  The actual timing of the spawn seems to be getting later every year. 

We have some very warm temperatures in the forecast and rain.  High temperatures during the day will be near or above 70 degrees this week.  Lows at night will be in the 50’s until the weekend.  It is going to rain Thursday and Friday.  The chances range between 40% and 80%.  We’ll probably get the rain we need with the odds that high. 

We have had a slow month due to the Park closing and anglers canceling their fall fishing trips.  One department however is way up from last year.  That department is fly tying materials and tools.  I’m not sure why.  It’s been that way for a couple of months.

I have been ordering the usual amount of materials.  They come in, and then they are gone.  I spent much of the weekend analyzing and ordering for that department.  I basically just upped the usual orders according to what is selling best.  That is a of work because there are thousands of different items in the fly tying department. 

Our fly tying classes and free fly tying demonstrations begin in November and continue through February.  You can see the schedule by CLICKING HERE

Saturday November 2nd will be our first free demonstration of the new season.  There will be two fly tyers, Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  These guys are pros.  Actually, they are also our fly tying class instructors.  They will begin at 10 am and tie until 2 pm.  It’s free.  Just show up.  They will both be tying trout flies.

On November 9th, Hugh Hartsell will be here.  Hugh is a retired guide and an unbelievable fly tyer, specializing in his own Smokies patterns.  As usual, his demonstration will be free and begin at 10 am.  Hugh will tie until 2 pm.  Again, no reservations are necessary, just show up and learn.

Our first fly tying class of the season will be held on Saturday November 16th.  It is a beginner class.  You can read more by CLICKING HERE.  We have been teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced fly tying for at least 17 years.  Walter and Brian teach all of our classes.  Also, on that day, Rex Wilson will be conducting a Free Fly Tying Demonstration.  Rex lives in North Carolina.  His trout patterns are tied for the Smoky Mountains and the Southern Appalachians. 

On that same Saturday (16th), John Ross will be here for you to meet.  You can buy his new book, “Trout Unlimited’s guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams”.  You can buy his book and have him sign it.  The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be set up at the shop selling the books.  All profits from the sale of John’s book on that day will go the the TU Chapter and benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We are adding new fly tyers to our Free Saturday Schedule almost every day.

Our install of our new digital phone and internet service yesterday did not work out very well.  Nobody wanted to tackle the re-wire of our phone system.  At one time yesterday we had 4 professionals here.  They decided to call in someone else.  Our system is complicated.  We have 7 phone lines running to 18 locations.  I know because I personally pulled all the wires when we built this building 10 years ago.  We are planning to make the change next Monday.

Hey, if you get some Orvis Coupons in the mail, bring them to us.  We will redeem them for any Orvis merchandise.  If we don’t have what you want, we’ll order it immediately. 

I am so ready to go fishing tomorrow I can’t stand it.  Daniel will be writing the fishing report tomorrow.

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

Byron Begley
October 29, 2013

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