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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy of course.  The temperature is 41 degrees, which will be today’s high.  Traffic was fairly heavy on the morning commute.  I saw at least 20 vehicles on the road.  We have visitors in town. That would explain the morning rush hour traffic.  Except for a few minutes yesterday morning, we have not seen the sun is a long time.  Everyone has cabin fever.  A lot of people were out yesterday.  Many of them were in our store too. 

Well guess what?  The sun is supposed to shine tomorrow and maybe on Monday.  Then we’ll get back into the clouds and rain routine again.

Fishing might be improving today, though not many people will be participating in he sport.  The water temperature warmed a little yesterday and overnight.  Right now the water temperature in Little River is 44.5 degrees.  Flow is still strong, 553 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 312 cfs.  Our rain gauge had 1/3” of rain water in it this morning. 

Today is going to be windy.  It already is windy.  I doubt if many people will be fishing today.

The New Year Holiday slipped up on us just like Christmas did.  It’s hard to believe.  I get this burning desire for Spring right after New Years day.  There isn’t much to do in January and February except tying flies.  That helps get me through those two months. 

Stream watching helps too.  Winter hiking in the Smokies is a very enjoyable experience.  You can see more stream detail after the leaves are gone.  Bill said he hiked up the Middle Prong this week.  I’ll be doing some of that this Winter.  The Middle Prong of the Little River is my favorite stream in the Park.  I guess I like it best because of all the memories.  I’ve been fishing there with friends for a long time.  We always headquartered our fishing trips in Townsend for obvious reasons.  The Middle Prong is so close, I can be there in 10 minutes.  So, I’ve spent a lot of time there.

Our Saturday Free Fly Tying Demonstrations will get cranked up next Saturday.  Jack Gregory and Roger Lowe will be tying at the shop on January 5th.  These guys are incredible fishermen and fly tyers.  Roger is a guide who is headquartered in Waynesville, North Carolina.  He wrote a great book on fly patterns for the Smokies. 

Jack grew up here, fly fishing in the Smokies most of his life.  He is one of my fishing buddies and an all around good friend.  This year, early in the year, Jack caught a 30” brown trout in Little River somewhere toward Elkmont.  Jack doesn’t tell me everything.  That was his largest Smokies trout.  He said he has seen them that large but he never caught one until this year.  I think his record before that was 28”.  I have a picture of that fish.

So, be here next Saturday.  These guys will begin at 10:00 am and tie until 2:00 pm.  They will be talking about fishing and tying. You will learn a lot from both of them.  They will be set up in different areas of the store.

Our tying demonstration schedule is not complete but you can see the tyers and the dates they will be tying by CLICKING HERE.

You can also look at our Fly Tying Class information by CLICKING HERE.  This page is not finished.  I sort of threw it together yesterday.  Before yesterday, you had to visit the pages for each class separately.  This new landing page is a summary.  I hope to finish it this weekend.

I just saw a huge bird sitting in a tree behind the store.  I thought I might be one of our bald eagles.  I looked around my office for my binoculars.  I finally found them.  I looked out again and the bird was gone.  Oh well.

It is raining now.  It is probably snowing in the higher mountains. This may not be a great day to go fishing in the Smoky Mountains.  We are staffed up here.  Come on by.

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

Byron Begley
December 29, 2012

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