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 dark, overcast and 36 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee.  Rain is falling.  We had .75” in our gauge early this morning.  I came to work at 7:25 am, mainly because our phone people will be here shortly.  We had phone problems yesterday.  I hope you were not one of those who tried but did not reach us.  We didn’t know anything was wrong.  Calls going out were fine.  We got very few coming in.

So far, we have had .75 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  We may get 2 inches more today.  Then, the rain may turn to sleet and snow tonight.  This is not looking good.  Snow is in the forecast tomorrow.  Man, this is not the way to start a holiday weekend.
The only road I can find in the Park that has been closed is Clingman’s Dome.  Newfound Gap road has ice and snow on it but I think it is still open.  I would not count on that for long.  Tomorrow will be an entirely different story.  Mount LeConte staff are expecting several inches of snow.  Right now, they are just getting rain though it started as snow earlier. Allyson said the air was so clear yesterdy they could see the Cumberland Plateau which is very rare. She said the distance they could see from up there was 100 miles.

Little River is flowing at 179 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.93 feet on the flow gauge and rising.  If we get two more inches, the streams will be very high. The water temperature at 7:30 am is 40 degrees.  That’s not good either.  Fishing will be slow for several days.

On the bright side, Thanksgiving Day and through the weekend will be beautiful but cold.  The sun will be shining.  The roads in the valley should be clear unless this storm turns into something worse than expected.  The high temperature Thursday will be in the 30’s.  It will be warmer this weekend.

I wish I had better news for you and us.

There may be fly fishing opportunities this weekend.  Don’t expect too much though.  The water will be chilly but probably warmer than it is now. Use nymphs and get them down.  Stay near your truck in case you fall in.  Have extra dry clothes in your truck.
Snow in the mountains will be a treat for most visitors spending their holiday in Townsend.  The down side may be slick roads leading to your rented cabin in the mountains.  Get all the food you can eat and just wait it out.  The roads will be much better Friday.  Getting to your cabin tomorrow might be a challenge.  I know a lot of people are all ready here.  I have not seen our friends from Alabama who camp in Cades Cove every Thanksgiving.  I bet they will arrive today.
A lot of you have been waiting for the CCT Body Fur to arrive so you can use it to tie Game Changers.  We got it yesterday.  I ordered it Friday.  Pat, who owns the company and I have become buddies.  I sent him a check for the material immediately yesterday.  We only got 40 yards but we’ll get more soon.  That is all he had. I also ordered a special run yesterday of this material without the flash.  We should be getting 200 yards of that in mid December.

The new Fishpond gear is here.  It is displayed on our new vest and pack wall that used to be covered with fly tying materials before the remodel.  I installed new and extra lighting to highlight the wall.
We are starting to sell Gift Cards.  They are the hot holiday item.  You can buy them online, over the phone or in person.  They can be redeemed the same way.

Our mail order business will really pick up this week.  It always does.  We don’t charge for ground shipping.  Customers like that.  We started that special benefit over 15 years ago. 

Remember, we can order just about anything you want if we don’t have it in stock.  And, we can get it to you quickly.  To save time, we often have our manufacturers direct ship it to you during the holidays.  That also saves shipping costs for us.  Instead of shipping something here and then to you, it goes directly to you from the manufacturer.
Well, we’ll see what tonight and tomorrow brings.  Please be careful.

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

November 26, 2013

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