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

Little River is flowing at 374 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.46 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 257 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:50 am was 42.2 degrees.

Fishing is probably fairly slow right now.  Hardly anyone is fishing.  People are shopping for fishing gear but we don’t see many anglers heading into the Park.  People must be busy doing other holiday related stuff. 

If you go, use weighted nymphs.  You may entice a rainbow, a brook trout or possibly a nice brown trout.  Hang on for a couple of days, and fishing will improve some.

We are going to have some awesome weather this weekend.  There will be clouds, rain and very warm temperatures, rising into the 60’s.  The moon is full.  Last night I awoke a couple of times and looked out the windows from bed.  I could see the mountains clearly.  On the other side of the ridge is Cades Cove.  At 2 am I glanced out and thought I had overslept.

Many of you will be here this weekend to enjoy a Smoky Mountain Christmas.  Bring your fly rods.  It is going to be colder next week but there is no snow predicted in the low elevations.  The days will be fairly warm.  Don’t expect fishing like you would experience in May but you might catch a few trout.  Fishing probably won’t be great but it will beat not fishing at all.

If you are here Saturday, come by and visit with Clayton Gist.  He will be tying flies and discussing fishing for trout in tailwaters, including the San Juan River.  His demonstration will begin at 10 am and run until 2 pm.  It is free. Just come on by. You can also register to win a $100 LRO Gift Card if you are here Saturday.  We will draw at 2:00 pm.

Yesterday, Deb Teffeteller, one of the nicest and sweetest women I have ever known, passed away.  She was young in age and even younger in her heart.  I know many of you knew Deb and know Joe and Dustin.  Many of you know Jack and Donna Gregory.  Today my prayers go out to her husband Joe, her son Dustin and their closest friends, Jack and Donna.  I love them all and share their pain.  God bless these fine people.

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

Byron Begley
December 18, 2013  

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