Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is overcast but there is no fog this morning.  I can see the larger mountains from here.  They are white.  It snowed in the higher elevations last night.  In the valley we only got some light rain.  Townsend is quiet this morning.  There were a lot of local people at the Parkway Grocery when I stopped in.  There were not many breakfast biscuits left. 

Little River was fine this morning but the water temperature dropped to 39 degrees overnight.  The water is very clear and running a little faster than normal.  The flow is 361 cubic feet per second now.  Median flow for this date is 317 cfs.

Highway 441 and Little River Road are closed due to snow and ice.  Several other roads are closed in the Park.  Before you venture out call 865-436-1200 and follow the menu options to road conditions.

Fishing might be fairly good in the Smokies today if you can get out then in.  Don’t expect to catch many trout but there is a fairly good chance you will.  Larger brown trout are hungry.  They are still being caught.  But, we’re going to see the water temperature drop over the weekend.  The low here Saturday night is supposed to be 16 degrees.

We may get some significant snowfall today.  They are saying we could get 2” to 4”.  And we may get more tonight.  Then they say to expect more Sunday night through Tuesday.  One report predicted the snow accumulation in the mountains to be over a foot by Sunday.

Before you come here tomorrow for the fly tying demonstrations, give us a call.  If the roads are bad we’ll call it off.  That also applies to the beginner fly tying class.  Walter has to drive here from Sweetwater.  Rob will be driving from Maryville.  I don’t know what to expect.  My gut tells me this is not going to be problematic.  We’ll just have to wait and see. 

I walked to the bank yesterday and saw Ronnie, our police chief talking to Frank, our patrolman.  Frank hit is siren to get my attention so I walked over to chat with the guys.  A call came in on their radios.  A house in town that is for sale appeared to be broken into.  The front door was wide open.  Frank drove to the scene.  Ronnie told me to get into his police truck and we sat there talking about everything going on around town.  Then he heard Frank on his radio.  Frank was going in the house.  Ronnie and I rode up there in his truck.  We were going fast and I didn’t have my seat belt fastened. 

He and I walked into the house.  I heard Frank scream, “stay on the floor or I’ll shoot”.   I knew Frank was messing with me.  Ronnie and I walked around the corner.  Frank was smiling ear to ear.  Now, he’ll tell everyone I freaked out.  I know it.  Frank is the officer who told Jim Casada that I can’t read. I can’t wait to hear the story.  He has a great sense of humor.  Ronnie drove me to the bank and we sat out in the parking lot and talked a while longer.  I guess the ladies in the bank were wondering why a policeman brought me to the bank to make a deposit.  It was a very small deposit.  I didn’t need an armed guard.

Good news for Trout Unlimited members in our area.  George Lane is organizing the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter again.  Yesterday George met with me and Rufus King.  Rufus is the current and past President of the Little River Chapter.  He is an exceptional leader.  We discussed getting both Chapters working together again.  I’m really happy about this. 

Eighteen years ago we started the Little River Chapter to work directly with Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Our plan was to work as a team with the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter.  We did that for a while.  We still do work together on the acid deposition research and population sampling.  Charlie Chmielewski has served as the coordinator for this between the two chapters for years and he has done an excellent job.  I am hoping to involve the GSMCTU in Troutfest.  Many of the members are Troutfest volunteers.  There are a lot of talented and experienced folks in that group.   This will be a good thing.  

I hope everything works out tomorrow for the tying demonstrations and the beginner fly tying class.  That class is full and we have a waiting list.  This is turning out to be quite a winter.


You should be here Saturday morning.  John Thurman and Clayton Gist are going to be giving a Free Fly Tying Demonstration starting at 10:00.  These guys are experts in my opinion.  And both have broad trout fishing experience in this part of the Country, the Mid-West and the West.  Both guys are very active with Trout Unlimited and belong to the Clinch River Chapter.  They are leaders in developing the new Trout Camp at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute.  The first one will be held this summer.  It is for kids only and funded by TU Chapters around the State.  They will tie between 10:00 and 2:00.  Just come by, watch and talk to them.  You will enjoy this very much.

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

Byron Begley
January 7, 2011

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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying

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