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 overcast and 38 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It’s kind of a dreary day.  There was almost no traffic on the streets when I drove to work earlier.

Little River is flowing strong at 765 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.18 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 199 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 50 degrees.  The water looked clear when I drove by the river this morning.  It was pretty dark outside so there may have been a little color in the water that I didn’t notice. 

Fly fishing in the Smokies and in Little River outside the Park has been very good.  Jack was in yesterday.  He said he caught three browns in Little River over 20” one day this week.  I think he said his largest was 25 inches.  He was there when Josh caught his fish that I talked about yesterday.  Jack measured that brown.  It was 23 inches long.  It looked bigger than that to me. 

He said he saw someone hook a huge fish.  To Jack that means something over 27”, maybe 30”.  That angler was probably either Joe or Anthony.  I’ve heard so many big fish stories over the past few weeks, I get the anglers and trout mixed up.  Bottom line is, some big browns are being caught which is normal for this time of year. 

Fly fishing for large rainbows in Little River outside the Park has been excellent.  TWRA stocked some brood fish recently.  One angler caught a 9 pound rainbow a few weeks ago.  I saw pictures of two fish that were caught this week.  They were both over 20 inches long.

If you go fishing today be careful.  We’ve got a lot of flow in these streams.  I would probably walk to a small backcountry stream.  Still, you need to watch your step and don’t wade in high water.  Right now, there is plenty of high water.

Use nymphs and get them down.

We dodged the weather bullet.  All we got was rain.  Our gauge had slightly over 1” in it this morning.  The Knoxville Airport reported 1.95 inches.  To our west the story was different.  From Texas to Ohio, freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow caused major problems.  Transportation was all but impossible and people are without power.  Flights were cancelled at many airports.

We have more rain moving in tonight.  It will continue through Tuesday.  Rainfall may exceed 3 inches during that time in some areas nearby including Townsend.  I would not plan to come to the Smokies to fish right now.  You may get in a little fishing in today but it doesn’t look good at all starting tomorrow. 

We’ve got a lot going on here today.  Rob Fightmaster and Tradd Little will be tying between 10 am and 2 pm. Their demonstrations are free.  All  you have to do is show up.

If you are here you can register to win a $100 Little River Outfitters gift card.  The drawing will be held at 2:00 pm.

At 2:30, I will set up and tie a Game Changer fly.  This is the new articulated baitfish pattern that is changing fly fishing for large game fish. This is also a free demonstration.

I do have one problem.  The stainless steel spines we sell are in short supply.  I saw three or 4 packs in the fly tying department yesterday.  A shipment from one of our suppliers was scheduled to arrive yesterday.  Plenty of spines are in that shipment.  That box of goodies was delayed in Nashville due to the winter storm.  I don’t know, they may deliver today.  I doubt it.  We should have them Monday for sure.

We’ve got about 50 packs of the CCT Body Fur to tie the flies.  We just need more spines.

I brought in all my stuff from home so I’m going to be tying them anyway. 

So, come on by the shop today and enjoy yourself. 

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

Byron Begley
December 7, 2013

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