106 Town Square Drive
P.O. Box 505
Townsend, Tennessee 37882
Open 7 Days - Free Ground Shipping
Copyright 2006-2016 Little River Outfitters, Inc.
Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is 5:50 am. The temperature outside is 62.6 degrees. Today’s high will be in the low 80’s. We have a 50% chance for thunderstorms though I don’t see anything on the radar headed our way. Tomorrow will be sunny and warm. The chance for thunderstorms returns Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
I will be off next week. One thing I hope to do is sleep later, knowing Daniel will be writing the Fishing Report. I do this 7 days a week. I’m really looking forward to that change in my daily schedule for a week or two. I don’t use an alarm clock. Waking early is a habit.
These daily fishing reports are archived on this page dating back to May 2009. I believe I started writing them in 2007. This report is written 360 times per year. There are about 2,500 in the archive. Add two more years and that number is probably 3,240. That is a lot of fishing reports! These reports have been read roughly 2 million times.
Little River is flowing at 202 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.95 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 250 cfs. The water temperature is 62.4 degrees.
Fishing is very good in the mountains. The conditions are perfect. Flows are great. The water temperatures are good. Trout are actively feeding on whatever they can find to eat.
I would probably use dry flies. The trout are looking up. Fishing today, tomorrow and Saturday should be great, at least until Saturday afternoon.
If you are reading this, and planning a fishing vacation to Townsend this weekend, I don’t know what to tell you to do. Saturday afternoon is predicted to be windy, with gusts to 20 miles per hour. We have about a 50/50 chance for thunderstorms. They will probably be scattered. The chance for thunderstorms increases Sunday. That could all change, of course. See what the forecast looks like tomorrow.
When I plan a fishing trip, I go. Frank, Brad and I pushed snow with the bumper of my truck on a fishing trip in Michigan years ago. Low temperatures at night were in single digits. During the day, it never warmed to over 22 degrees. We had a great fishing trip, though we didn’t catch one lake run brown trout. Brad foul hooked a zebra mussel and landed it by himself.
Jack and I knew a tropical storm was headed our way on a tarpon fishing trip in Florida once. We stayed. We won’t do that again. But, we had fun. That was a once in a lifetime experience with a good friend.
Jack, Ronnie, Dennis, Roger and I were camping at Madison Junction in Yellowstone Park. It was late October, just before the fishing season in the Park closes. Temperatures at night dropped to 5 degrees. It snowed during the day. We fished, and caught some nice trout. We still talk about that fishing trip.
Paula and I were on a kayak fishing trip at Cedar Key, Florida in late October. The temperature at night dropped into the 30’s. The wind didn’t stop blowing until the last day. We sat in a condo all week and watched the wind blow on the Gulf of Mexico. We had a wonderful time.
Conditions in Townsend this weekend will not be anywhere close to those mentioned above. If you are very flexible, you might postpone and come another weekend. If you enjoy getting away from the day-to-day grind where you live, come on down, or up, or across.
Little River Yoga opened at Trillium Cove near our shop recently. You can visit their website by CLICKING HERE. If you can’t fish at times this weekend, there is always Yoga. If I’m there, doing yoga, they may have a comedy surcharge for the other customers. All kidding aside, this is a great addition to our list of services in Townsend. This will be good for locals and tourists alike.
Generation schedules look great again today on the trout tailwaters in our area. Wade fishermen have opportunities galore, even on the Caney Fork in Middle Tennessee. Check the TVA website, look at the generation schedules, and plan a day. There are links to all the tailwater pages below.
Hatchery Creek opens to fishermen tomorrow afternoon after the opening ceremony. This man-made, 1-mile long, trout stream was finished last year but has remained closed to fishing until this weekend. It is located near Jamestown, Kentucky, below Wolf Creek Dam. I’m planning to fish there this year, probably in the late Fall.
Frank, Mouse, Wayne and I were planning to be there one weekend this Winter. We were staying at Lake Cumberland State Park. The curse of “Bad Weather Byron” struck again. An awful snow and ice storm was predicted. We planned to go anyway. We would arrive before the storm hit. We are used to bad weather. If we got snowed in for a few extra days, that would be fine. It would be an adventure with a bunch of close friends.
Frank got a call from someone at the State Park. We were their only guests that weekend. That is a huge park with cabins and a lodge. We were the only people crazy enough to be there. The lady told Frank they decided to close the Park. We went the next weekend.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.