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 and 50 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The high today will be around 70 degrees. The high temperature recorded at the Airport yesterday was 72 degrees.  The record high for that date there was 79 degrees in 1982.

Shannon pulled in this morning when I got here and we talked for a while.  His grandfather passed away recently.  We all called him JC.  JC was a fisherman, I mean he was really a fisherman.  He didn’t fly fish.  Jig fishing for crappie was his favorite thing to do.  Occasionally, over the years, JC would fry up a mess of crappie and bring some to the store around lunchtime for us to eat.  That’s the kind of guy he was.  I miss him.

Little River is flowing low.  Flow is currently 74 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 214 cfs.  This low water is not helping anglers at all.  Those trout are spooky in the Park.  One customer came in yesterday and said he had only caught one rainbow and he was on the water for a while.  One good condition is the water temperature.  At 8:15 this morning it was 46.7 degrees.  Yesterday, the temperature peaked at almost 48 degrees.  That should happen again today.  The water will probably be warmer than yesterday since it is starting out that way and it is going to be warm again today.

Rain is on the way.  Tonight there is a 100% chance for showers.  The chance is 60% tomorrow.  I hope we get quite a bit.  We could use it.  It is going to remain warm through Saturday with a chance for more rain.  We may get some more rain Friday night.  If this happens, fishing this weekend should be very good in the Park.

Tennessee Valley Authority is developing a worst-case scenario.  You can read the article on the KnoxNews website by CLICKING HERE.  The agency is looking into ways to improve their flood control methods which might involve enlarging the size of the dams to hold back more water.  Super storms, like what we have seen in the past few years could be devastating to Tennessee.  Remember what happened in Nashville a few years ago.  This is the land of rivers and weather systems are changing. 

I sent out a few thousand small e-mail newsletters yesterday.  You can see the online version by CLICKING HERE.  You will notice the page is narrow.  I created it narrow so it would fit in an e-mail window.  We use an e-mail company to handle our lists and use their software and server for the mailings.  Sending out several thousand e-mails on our remote server would be in violation of our contract.

After they were sent, I watched several times throughout the day at the numbers.  The highest number of clicks went to the story I wrote years ago about making poppers. That surprised me, especially since only 1/3 of our customer buy fly tying materials.  If you read it and think about the steps involved in making a popper, it should be obvious to you that there are only three basic fly tying skills you would use and could learn quickly.  One is wrapping thread on a hook.  Another is tying off the thread with a whip finish tool.  The third is tying rubber legs to a hook.  Everything else involves cutting foam, attaching eyes and rubber legs.  You don’t have to know much about fly tying to do this and you do not need expensive fly tying tools.  Check it out.

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Joseph sent me a photo of a brown trout he caught on the Clinch River on Sunday.  He thinks it was between 24” to 25”.  I think it was 25” or better.  That trout was a beauty.  I’m hearing some good smallmouth bass reports from those fishing in the tailwaters too.   

This is certainly going to be a good week to be fishing in East Tennessee.

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

Byron Begley
December 4, 2012

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