Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and it is already warm this morning.  Traffic is very light.  I think people are staying home during this heat wave.  There are a few anglers in town but not many.

Little River is low and slow.  It is flowing at a rate of 83 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 169 cfs.  The water temperature was 71 degrees at 8:10 am this morning in town.  The water will be cooler in the Park and much cooler in the higher elevations.  It looks like we are going to have 10 days with highs in the 90’s.

Fishing is still good.  Two very experienced anglers, brother in laws, are here for a few days. I’ve talked to them and they say the fishing is good.  They are good fishermen too.  Trout are taking dries and nymphs.  The water is low so you must stay hidden and low.  Don’t cast a shadow over the water you are fishing. 

I would fish above Elkmont or drive to Walker Camp Prong and it’s tributaries and enjoy a full day of fishing. If you fish down low make it early or late.  The sun at high noon is warming the water.  Shadows cover most of the stream after the sun starts it’s move toward setting. 

Yellow patterns are working well.  Light Cahill, Yellow Sally patterns, Yellow Neversink Caddis and Yellow Stimulators would be my choice.  Drop a small bead head nymph or Green Weenie off the dry and you should do fine. 

I keep getting mixed reports from the Clinch River.  The sulphurs are hatching.  They are on the water.  Some people are doing well and others are not. There have been some good generation schedules for those who like to wade.  This morning looks good until noon at the dam. 

There are more stories floating around about cicadas.  I got an e-mail yesterday from David Perry, a guide in Middle Tennessee.  Evidently he is getting cicada action on the Caney Fork and Elk Rivers. I heard the Obey, below Dale Hollow Dam is another new hotspot for cicada action.  We’re seeing them near here right now, on the Little Tennessee and Tennessee rivers. 

There is not much news to report in Townsend which has seemed unusual lately.  Our big problem with the Department of Transportation is on hold until some extensive survey work is done.  I got a letter from them in early May and they told me to expect this to go on for another 18 months.

Next Thursday night we will begin the process of approving the new Curatorial Collections Preservation Facility at the Planning Commission meeting next Thursday.  This facility will store and preserve pieces of history collected from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and from other National Parks.  It will be owned by the National Park Service.  I’ve seen the drawings but not the site plan.  I guess we’ll see that next Thursday.  Since it will be built in Townsend it must conform to our City Ordinances.  Our job is to make sure they do before a building permit can be issued. First we will have to approve a re-subdivision of two lots.  Then we’ll start the site plan review.  I bet this will take a few months.  I think the Park Service said they wanted to begin construction this Fall.  From what I recall, the size of the building is about 12,000 square feet.

Tomorrow at 3:00 pm we will hold our first Laurel Lake meeting here at the shop.  Several of us want to see this lake re-built and be available for public use.  The site is owned by the County and the size is about 100 acres.  The lake was drained 20 years ago.  This 50 acre impoundment was losing water due to sink holes that formed in the lake bed.  Attending the meeting tomorrow will be County officials, City Officials, State Officials and other interested people.  I’m very interested.  The new lake would be a few hundred yards from our house.  It was an excellent fishing lake with a view of the Smoky Mountains in the background.

The State Safe Dam Program will oversee this project along with the Corps of Engineers.  They told me we would have to re-design the dam from the ground up, tear out the old one and start over.  I’ve heard cost estimates in the $1 million + range. 

Thanks for being here and have a great day.

Byron Begley
June 2, 2011

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