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106 Town Square Drive
P.O. Box 505
Townsend, Tennessee 37882
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Sunday thru Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday and Saturday 9 am - 6 pm


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Overhead view of a Smokies stream during the Fall leaf change.

Little River
Townsend, TN
Stream Conditions
July 18, 2024
4:44 am

Gauge Reading: 1.70 Feet
Flow: 114 Cubic Feet Per Sec.
Median Flow for Date: 118 cfs
Water Temp: 72.3 Degrees F
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July 18, 2024

The weather and stream conditions have become normal again. That should be the case over the next 7 days. It will be much cooler. We are expecting rain every day so there may be times when the streams are flowing too high. Trout will be taking dry flies, wet flies, nymphs and streamers. The fly fishing outlook is very good.

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Little River Outfitters is a Fly Shop, Fly Fishing School, Mail Order Company and a reliable source of information about fly fishing in East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Little River Outfitters has been serving fly fishing anglers since 1994.  We are the "home fly shop" to thousands of fishermen who live in our region or visit Townsend, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains.  Additionally, our mail order service caters to anglers all over America.

Nestled in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tennessee, Little River Outfitters is a family owned fly shop and school that has become well known in the fly fishing world.

Townsend, Tennessee and The Great Smoky Mountains

Townsend is a small resort town, known as the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.  Townsend is one of the four main entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cades Cove.  We have a few motels, campgrounds, lodges, bed and breakfasts and rental cabins. 

Here, we are blessed with several thousand miles of rivers and streams and hundreds of thousands of acres of public land set aside as National Forests and a National Park. This region is a fly fishing paradise. There are over 800 miles of fishable trout streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 500,000 acres in total, lies in both Tennessee and North Carolina. Here you will find mountain streams with populations of rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout. Just outside the Park in the rivers exiting the Smokies you will also experience excellent smallmouth bass fishing.

There is no stocking of trout in the Park and you will find only wild rainbow, brown and brook trout throughout the watersheds within.

Additionally, the Tennessee River watershed provides lakes, tailwaters, freestone mountain streams and lowland rivers with some of the finest fly fishing for brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, stripers and panfish found anywhere. 

It is our job and passion to help you in any way to enjoy this huge resource that is available to the fly fisherman. There are many fly fishing opportunities to choose from.  Townsend, Tennessee is the perfect base camp for your fly fishing vacation.  And we are here for you.

Our Fly Tying Department

We have one of the largest fly tying departments you have seen.  In fact, it takes up 900 square feet. It is located on the mezzanine upstairs, offering you a casual, browsing environment, just for those interested in this fantastic hobby.  Several of us working at the shop tie flies, so we can help you by answering questions and making purchasing decisions.

Our fly tying merchandise is available on our online store. If we do not have exactly what you are hoping to find, we can probably order it for you.

Brands We Sell

We only sell fly fishing tackle from many of the finest brands available in all price ranges. We stock and sell merchandise from manufacturers such as: Orvis, Chota, Simms, Sage, Scott, Ross, Waterworks/Lamson, Temple Fork, Fishpond, Rio, Scientific Anglers and other companies.  We sell gift cards over the phone, online or at the shop.  They can be redeemed the same way. 

More about our Store

Little River Outfitters is owned by Paula & Byron Begley and Daniel Drake. The store is stocked with almost everything a fly fisherman or fly tyer could want. We are open 7 days a week, except four National holidays.  We are a small family owned business.


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