Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is very warm this morning and there was almost no traffic on the streets this morning when I drove to work.  I passed 5 cars going the other direction and saw none in front of behind me.  This is about as quiet as it gets here. 

The wildlife are active though.  Last night a deer ran in front of me on our private road.  A couple of hundred yards later, about 15 wild turkeys crossed in front of me.  This morning at the river, geese were vocal at my arrival.  They know what is coming.

The river looks great today.  Flow is 276 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 357 cfs.  The water is clear and the temperature was 52 degrees at 8:30 am.  Outside the temperature is 68 degrees. 

We have some awful weather headed our way.  We are under a tornado watch.  We are also expecting severe thunderstorms and heavy rain.  The National Weather Service is asking us to be alert for flash floods.  This is not a good day to go fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It’s not a good day to even be there.

Fishing keeps improving though I talked to one angler yesterday who fished a dry fly only and just caught one trout.  Nymphs would have been better for him.  But, he likes fishing a dry so good for him.  Do what you like to do.  I’m the same way.

The thunder and rain has begun.  We will wait and see what this day brings. 

Over the next few days it will be cooler with highs in the 50’s and 60’s.  Tomorrow through Friday should be dry and sunny. 

I found out this morning that one of our boat batteries is not holding a charge.  I keep a charger hooked up to the batteries constantly and plug it in every week or so during the winter.  They are stored in the shop.  We have Optima D34 Marine batteries.  They have been great.  They are small and lighter than most batteries.  And they take a lot of abuse.  AGM batteries are not as sensitive to vibration as standard lead plate batteries.  But, the one in questions is four years old.  Maybe it is time to replace it. 

Unfortunately, they cost $200.  I might wait and see.  The other battery is holding a charge fine.  That one could power the trolling motor and the one that appears to be dying will be used as the starting battery.  If it goes dead I can always hand crank the engine.  So, I’m not pulling the trigger just yet.

Our website went down this morning just before I planned to upload this report to our server.  That has happened before, maybe a couple of times per year.  What we usually do is call Thom, our host and he re-boots the machine remotely.  That has always worked.  I remember one instance whereby our server was down for a few hours but that was scheduled.  The work was done after midnight when our website traffic is low. 

Our server is located in the Washington, DC area.  OK, it’s up again.  Here we go.


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 28, 2011

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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
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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