Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  The temperature is 50 degrees this morning.  The forest is damp from the light rain we got last night.  It is overcast and will remain that way much of the day.  It feels, smells and sounds like Spring, finally.  I heard a lot of birds this morning over the sounds of the river.  Traffic is light for now but we’ll see more people this weekend, visiting here to enjoy this beautiful weather.

Little River looks good and it is up some from yesterday.  Flow is 237 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 364 cfs.  But, listen to this.  The water temperature at 8:25 am was 52 degrees at the swinging bridge in town.  It’s coming soon. You are going to see the Fishing Gauge jump to excellent before long.  

Fishing has really picked up.  It is not great for most people but very good for others.  It seems there is a feeding time and a non-feeding time.  Success is sporadic throughout the day.  Nymphs are working well.  I would probably use a Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  For a dry fly I’d pick a larger Parachute Adams or Quill Gordon pattern.  Or, try a combination of both.  The trout are getting active and the aquatic insect activity is as well.  I have not heard of any huge hatches yet, only a few sightings of Quill Gordon and Blue Quills.  That could change at any time.  The water temperature in the lower elevations is getting right for that to happen.

The weather and Spring-like temperatures are expected through March 3rd.  But, we will see a couple of nights when the low reaches the 30’s.  Tonight is one of them, they are predicting a low of 33 in the valley.  But the high tomorrow is expected to be over 60 degrees.  It’s coming soon.

I have not heard anything about the smallmouth bass fishing, not one word.  That does not mean fishing for these fish has not improved.  I hope to personally find out next week. 

Everyone I’ve talked to says business is slow here.  It is but this is February.  The fishermen seem to be the first to arrive in the Spring.  Many people come from states where the conditions are more winter-like and since our Spring usually starts early.  The fishing begins early too.  And this year appears to be an early Spring.  So we’ll start seeing those anglers arrive starting next week.  This has been a tough winter here.  Snow and ice has curtailed many people from spending the weekends in Townsend.  Now that has changed.

There have been some big fish caught lately.  Joe caught a 26 inch brown Sunday.  He thought it might be the same fish he caught a year ago.  He caught it in the same location.  After comparing pictures taken last year of the trout he decided it was indeed the same fish.  The identity of the trout was determined by counting spots. It had grown from 24 ½” to 26” in one year.  That is cool!

Ethan just came in.  He is going to spend the day fishing in the Park.  Ethan is Joe’s brother and he works here.  Joe used to work here.  Those guys love to fish.  We were just talking about fishing on the lakes and vowed to do more of that this year. 


Park Service fisheries management is holding a public meeting in Townsend on Thursday March 3rd at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at City Hall in the Old Townsend School Auditorium.  CLICK HERE FOR A PDF WITH MORE INFORMATION. 

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

Byron Begley
February 22, 2011


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Our fly tying classes will be offered in January and February 2011.   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


Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
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