Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and very warm this morning in Townsend.  Traffic was light at 7:30 am.  I stopped at the river and thought about what a transformation is about to occur.  Next week, the water will be flowing fast and furious.  Tropical Storm Lee is predicted to bring 2” to 6” of rainfall to us.  To our west, the rain should be more devastating.  Nearby, rainfall amounts could exceed 10”.  I hope that doesn’t happen here.

Townsend residents are particularly prone to get nervous when storms as large and slow moving as this one is heading our direction.  We have a non-regulated river running through our town.  There is no TVA or Corps of engineers dam that can put the brakes on the water that is crashing down from the mountains.  Here, we live with what we get.  Man has not intervened with nature.  We live in a natural place. 

Flow is low in the river right now.  The lazy river is moving at a rate of 33 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 84 cfs.  Record low flow for this date was 25 cfs in 1987.  Today is going to be hot, in the high 90’s.  We may set a record.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 72 degrees at 7:45 am.

Fishing is slow in the Park.  The trout are spooky due to the low water.  You will find them in the riffles or near cover.  They are trying to stay hidden from predators.  There is a chance for rain today and tomorrow but only 30% until Lee gets here.  So, unless a storm stalls over one of the watersheds, the water levels should remain low and the chance for any flash flooding is low.  But, it can always happen here.  Anglers get stuck on the wrong side of the stream fairly often here by surprise.

Tomorrow night we will start seeing the effects of Lee and the rivers and streams could be dangerous.

Right now, try dry flies, particularly terrestrials.  Ants, beetles and other foam bugs should work fine.  Pick one you can see on the water and fish the riffles.  The Green Weenie makes a good dropper or you can fish it weighted and down.  A Chernobyl Ant tossed under a shaded area might entice a large fish.

I expect the lower runs of our rivers to be slow today too.  The normal haunts for smallmouth bass in the areas that can be waded are limited due to the low water.  Pick deep pools and runs which are far and few between right now.  That will change next week.

Yesterday I spent an hour talking to Bryan Daniels.  Bryan is the CEO of the Blount Partnership which includes the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Industrial Development Board and the Chamber of Commerce.  He has some great ideas and I will be backing him in every way I can.

I parked my truck here this morning and noticed a hawk flying over the field across the street.  I could not identify the species.  I stopped and watched.  Then I saw the bird make some moves I had never seen.  It was an incredible sight.  I thought, “whatever it is looks like an airplane”.  As it turns out, it was an airplane, run by remote control making absolutely no noise.

I spotted the pilot and walked over to talk to him.  We spoke as the plane soared and performed stunts I would not have thought to be possible by remote control.  He landed the plane and I walked over for a look.  It is made of foam.  It weighs almost nothing.  It is powered by a re-chargeable battery.  They airplane cost about $175.  The remote goes for about the same price.  He was kind enough to share his thoughts, not about Park Flyers but about attracting people like him to Townsend in the name of tourism development. 

We have a perfect place to build a small landing strip and 30 acres of open air to fly these planes right next to the Visitors Center.  I’m going to talk to Bryan about this after doing my due diligence online.  Evidently this is a growing hobby.

Today we are holding the Blackberry Jam at Trillium Cove Shopping Center next to our store. This is a free event and it will be very interesting. Also, all the businesses in Trillium Cove and our store will donate 10% of today's sales to the Appalachian Bear Rescue. This organization takes orphaned bear cubs and prepare them to be released back into the wild. Currently there are around 10 bear cubs at the Center. To learn more about this event, CLICK HERE.

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

Byron Begley
September 3, 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 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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