Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny at 29 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee.  This feels like some real Winter weather.  The high temperature today will be in the mid to low 50’s. 

Little River’s water temperature has dropped to 43.2 degrees, a reading I checked at 7:55 am.  It will warm some today.  It is going to be cold every night this week so don’t expect a substantial rise.  Warm afternoons will bring it up some.

Flow in Little River is 208 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 122 cfs.  Most anglers who are familiar with this river would say the flow is perfect. It is.  There is only a slight chance for rain tomorrow.  The chance for rain after tomorrow is zero.  So, the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains should be flowing very well for fly fishing.

Due to the drop in water temperatures, fishing will slow some.  Under these conditions, nymphing will be the most productive method of fishing.  I would add extra weight to nymphs and do a lot of high-sticking while allowing your flies to tickle the bottom of the streams.  The trout will be somewhat hunkered down until and if the water temperatures rise.  The water temperatures will vary depending on what elevation you are fishing.  I would fish the lower elevations where the water is warmer.  Where some of these streams are born, the water and air could be 10 to 15 degrees colder than it is in the valley.

I was at Vicky’s house yesterday getting a haircut.  She has been my barber for at least 18 years.  We talked about the fact that nothing much is happing in Townsend. There is no news, no gossip and nothing to talk about.  Townsend is in a holding mode as far as tourism is concerned.  We won’t get much action in town until Thanksgiving.  Everyone here is acting kind of “laid back”. 

At our store, we are in “action mode”.  We have 4 months to get ready for Spring.  The online store will be updated.  New products will be added and discontinued products will be deleted.  We are planning some changes in our layout and merchandising.  We are working on that now.  There is a lot of work to do and those four months will fly by.

Most of our Spring orders have been placed.  Sometime over the next two weeks I will meet with our sales representative from Patagonia to see the Fall 2013 line, which will be ordered soon. Those orders will arrive in September of 2013.

I’m hoping to go hiking tomorrow afternoon.  Thursday is my usual day off.  I’ll be here in the morning though.  One thing that needs to be done is this Fishing Report. 

My plan is to hike up Lynn Camp Prong to check on the brook trout and get some exercise.  Winter hiking is a great activity here.  You don’t see many people.  The leaves have fallen and you can see more water and other views.  It’s not so darned hot.  Winter hiking is comfortable. 

I like hiking next to streams.  We have plenty of those with trails meandering along with the rivers, hundreds of miles of them.  Hiking in the forest is just not the same for me.  When we used to go backpacking, we always camped next to a stream.  The sound of the water is soothing and relaxing.  Jack says that’s because you are breathing more hydrogen.  He may be kidding, I don’t know.  But there is something to be said about the significant ability to relax when you are near the water.  Maybe it’s just me.

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

Byron Begley
November 14, 2012

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