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 foggy, overcast and raining lightly on Townsend, Tennessee this Sunday morning.  I counted 14 vehicles on the road while driving to work.  That was more than I expected on this nasty morning.

Light rain has been falling almost non-stop since yesterday afternoon.  We had almost an inch in our rain gauge.

Little River has risen quite a bit but it looked fairly clear this morning.  It was dark when I drove by so I can’t be sure.  Flow is currently 875 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.35 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 317 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 45 degrees near the confluence of the three prongs in the Park.

Wading in many streams will be risky.  If you do go fishing, be careful.  Stay near the bank and near your truck.  Have you ever noticed that I assume everyone drives a truck?  I guess that is because I do. There is no telling how many times per day I say the word “truck”.  Conversations include “that truck”, “my truck”, “your truck”, “his truck”, “her truck”, heck trucks rank high in my daily thoughts.  I just can’t imagine me saying the words, “my car”.  “Boats” rank high too.

You might catch some trout by high sticking weighted nymphs.  This is not exactly a beautiful day to be fishing.  Cloudy days are usually good days and it is certainly cloudy.  You might give it a try.  But, don’t take any chances.  The water is high.

I am excited about our Free Super Saturday Events we are holding this winter.  I even designed a special web page that describes our events in January.  You can see it by CLICKING HERE.  I’ll do the same thing in February.  These pages will also be e-mailed out to you as a friendly reminder.  You can also click on the ad in the left margin of this page.

You will also notice an ad for the Kids Trout Camp held at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute in June.  This very popular camp for middle school age kids will be held in June 2014.  I think this will be the 4th camp.  The instructors come from our local Trout Unlimited Chapters.  I’m pretty sure the camp is the brainchild of several TU folks from the Clinch River Chapter. 

I get to see the kids when they come to the shop on the last day.  They are always excited about the days they spent in the Smokies, learning to fly fish, tie flies and identifying bugs and fish.  They even get to go snorkeling in a stream to see the fish and insects in their natural environment.  You can click on the blue box on that ad to visit the Trout Camp website.  There, your child can apply.  There are only 12 spots.  The camp is open to boys and girls.  Since the camp is held at the Institute, they are under close supervision by professionals.  The kids must be 12 to 15 years old as of June 16th to be eligible.

Tuition is $495.  Financial assistance based on need may be available.  Adult chaperones are with the kids at all times.

Man, business has been good here.  We had a huge increase over last year in November and another big one so far in December through yesterday.  I’m not sure what is causing it but I hope it keeps going. 

I think a lot of it has to do with our recent store remodel.  I say that because fly rods are our fastest growing department, and they were moved from the second floor down to the first floor as part of our plan.  Fly tying materials were moved up stairs.  That department has shown good growth too. If we had not had all of that rain in the Spring, or the National Park closing this Fall, 2013 would have been our best year in several years.  We are still happy.  Fly shops, including ours have had a tough few years for many reasons, mostly due to the recession.

The rain is about over.  Temperatures this week will be close to normal.  There is a chance for snow showers Thursday.

I hope you have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
December 29, 2013

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