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.  The sky is clear and it is 25 degrees outside.  I am off today and at home.  For the first time this Fall I noticed the mountain view from the front of our house.  This is the first morning I have been home since the time changed.  I go to work early.  The view is blocked by trees during the warm months.  The leaves are gone now so I can see Rich Mountain and Scott Mountain.  It is kind of nice to be able to see them again. It will be especially nice when there is snow on the peaks and none here in the valley.

The ground in the orchard in front of our house was littered with wild turkeys yesterday morning.  I think there were about 40 of them.  They kept an eye on me when I drove by but they didn’t move much.  It was colder yesterday morning than it is today.

Little River is low.  Flow is 68 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.48 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 121 cfs.  I checked twice to make sure I am right about this.  The water temperature reported by the USGS site is 38 degrees.

When the water temperature drops below 40 degrees, most trout stop feeding.  The one exception right now are the post spawn brown trout.  They are very hungry.  Normally, the Fishing Gauge would be reading “Slow”.  However, due to the brown trout fishing it remains “Good”.  I am not too sure how good it will really be today.  I won’t know because I am staying home.

If you venture out into the mountains to fish today, use nymphs and don’t have elevated expectations.  Also, dress warmly, stay near your truck and don’t fall in.  Falling into water this cold could cause very dangerous.  Keep a change of clothes in your truck just in case.

The really good news is, it is going to warm up this weekend.  We may see highs near 70 and lows in the 40’s to 50’s.  Saturday will be beautiful.  Expect rain on Sunday and Monday.  We need rain.

The owners of the new winery that is opening in Townsend came by the shop yesterday.  They were looking for a trail camera, which we don’t sell.  They have not started making wine at this point, but a large bear is already causing problems.  I suggested that the situation will get worse when they actually have grapes in the building. I think they will need to figure out way to dispose of the waste off premises.  Around here we keep food waste indoors until a garbage truck picks it up.  Garbage removal at homes is handled by small privately owned companies, and pickup is usually done once a week. We don’t have bird feeders around here either.

Saturday is going to be an exciting day at the shop.  First, we are holding our first Fall Beginner Fly Tying Class.  So far we have 6 students enrolled.  We have room for two more if you are interested.  The cost is $85 for the day, we supply everything including lunch and you will leave with approximately a dozen flies you tied yourself.  If you want to attend, call the shop at 865-448-9459 to reserve your spot.  The class will be taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.

We will also have guest fly tyer Rex Wilson in the shop between 10 am and 2 pm.  This is a free fly tying demonstration.  Just show up, pour a cup of coffee and sit down with Rex.  He lives in Western North Carolina and began his fly tying career as a contract fly tyer, tying for Frank Coffee years ago.  He is an expert.  He is a professional.  He is a Smoky Mountains trout fly tyer.  Don’t miss Rex on Saturday.

We have another guest who will be in the shop.  His name is John Ross.  John wrote the new revised book, A Trout Unlimited Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams.  John will be selling and signing his books.  All profits from the book sale will go to the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which will eventually benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s fisheries program.

We will also raffle a $100 Little River Outfitters Gift Card.  The raffle tickets are free, (only one per attendee at the event) and the drawing will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm.

So, come by the shop and enjoy your day. 

I am going to tie Game Changers today and write about fly fishing for our website.

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

Byron Begley
November 14, 2013

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