Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  I walked out of the house at 7:30 am to drive here and noticed it was a lot cooler.  My truck told me it was 65 degrees.  Now that felt good.  The sun is shining now and it will be hot again today.  We may get some thunderstorms today and tonight.  The Pottery Festival is over.  It was very hot this weekend.  I don’t know what the attendance was like.  There seemed to be a lot of traffic in town though. 

Little River is slowly moving along.  Flow this morning was 72 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 159 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 70 degrees at about 7:45. 

Fishing is probably OK.  I was out of the shop yesterday at a memorial service for Lt. Colonel Frank Bryant.  When I got back there were several customers in the shop but I didn’t talk to anyone who was returning from fishing.  I did talk to some anglers late in the week and they said fishing was fine.  Most people are doing better in the backcountry and higher up in the mountains where the water is cooler.  The water is low though, especially up there. 

Dry flies are what I would use.  Yellow would be the color of course.  A #16 Yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis are great choices.  Light Cahills should work fine.  Even a Parachute Adams or Yellow Parachute Adams will be fine.  Fish the riffles and stay hidden.

Buzz fishes the Clinch River more often than anyone I know.  I saw him yesterday at the memorial service for Frank.  He said, “You need to go fishing with me now.”  The river is fishing extremely well.  He did note, unless I misunderstood him, that the sulphur hatch is very light.  There are a lot less bugs than usual.  I think he said the hatch is over.  If anyone would know it is Buzz.

More stories emerge about the cicada fishing.  And yesterday I saw some cicada patterns tied with Sili Skin that I could not believe.  They are tied by Blane Choclett.  People are reporting a heavy emergence almost everywhere to our south and west.  We still don’t have any here in Townsend.  I’ve heard no reports of those bugs on the water in the Park.  I’m hoping to fish Tellico Lake in Monroe County on Friday if I can get away. 

We held our meeting on Friday.  Our goal is to rebuild Laural Lake, formerly an 80 acre impoundment that was drained around 1990.  Attending the meeting were many citizens interested in bringing the lake back.  The property is owned by the County.  Also attending were three County Commissioners, our County Mayor, one State Senator and a State Representative.  All of those people want to see this happen and we’ll be working on the project here and in Nashville.  We met at the shop and the group of about 20 people appointed me to be chairman.  I will handle communications and run the meetings.  The work will be done on all government levels except Townsend City.  The lakebed is located near my house and out of the city limits.

Below is an old photo taken from an airplane probably dating back to the 1970’s.

Laurel Lake Photo

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

Byron Begley
June 5, 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 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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