Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  The sun is shining for now.  The fog that choked the hollows this morning has lifted.  Traffic is brisk on the streets and flowering trees are blooming around town. 

Little River is looking good.  The flow is dropping and the water is clear.  It is a little chilly though, 44 degrees at 8:30 am.  Early tomorrow morning rain is expected to arrive.  The National Weather Service thinks we could get 2 to 3 inches before it’s over.  I hope that does not happen.  The ground is soaked and the streams are high.  Pile on that, more new rain and we could have a flood.

If you go fishing today be careful.  Wading will be difficult in some streams and maybe dangerous.  I would start with nymphs early but watch for hatches or surface activity.  Quill Gordon and Blue Quill mayflies have been hatching best in the afternoons.   With the high water we have now in the Smokies streams you will have to pick your spots.  We should have some cloud cover soon and that will help your fishing efforts.  Right now it is beautiful outside.  The high temperature here today is expected to be around 60 degrees.

The long term forecast for next week looks awesome.  I’m going fishing.  Paula and I will probably spend a day on Tellico Lake.  I’ve found some new spots that we have not fished.  I want to try them out. 

Here’s a book to read.  It is called “Four Fish” “The future of the last wild food” by Paul Greenberg.  Raz Reid told me about it and I ordered one.  I’ve read about 75% of it and can’t wait to read more.  Four Fish is about four fish, Salmon, Tuna, Sea Bass and Cod.  Paul writes about his research into the life cycles, fishing, a source of food worldwide, over-fishing and attempts at raising these fish on farms.  He did his homework and the result is a New York Times best seller.  Here is a link to PAUL GREENBERG’S WEBSITE. Visit this website and if you share a love of the sea and it’s bounty as I do, you will buy one and read it. 

There is a lot of chatter about another book about fish called “An Entirely Synthetic Fish” “How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World”.  I have heard it is very interesting. 

One of my favorite books on the subject of fish is “Trout Biology” by W.B. Willers.  He covers everything from eyesight to reproduction of trout.  I found the genetics research and natural selection to be most interesting.    

Most of my best friends are fishermen and most of them love to talk about fish and fishing.  That is what drew us together.  That keeps us together among other things.  What is it about fish?  

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

Byron Begley
March 8, 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
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