Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining in Townsend this morning.  There is a lot of activity in town.  All tourism related businesses are preparing for the leaf season.  For many years our town was known for it’s pumpkin displays.  Some of them were huge.  Tourists would park on the side of the road and take pictures of them.  The displays were almost always on the State right-of-way.  Due to the situation we have with the Department of Transportation here, the City is not allowing that to happen this year.  After all the encroachments on the right-of-way are settled, the City is going to lease the land from the State.  After that I think the pumpkin displays will be back.  This may take a year or two to finalize.  I am representing the City with our Department of Transportation and things are going well.  If you want to know more about this, Google TDOT Townsend and you will get the whole story.

I stopped at the swinging bridge this morning to take the water temperature.  Two guys were fishing.  One fellow told me he thinks the State stocked rainbow hybrids.  He said they had a dark rainbow trout body and a salmon head.  He had one in his cooler.  He told me to come over and look at it.  I did.  What he had was a dark rainbow trout with a fairly well defined hooked jaw.  I told him I thought it was a rainbow male that could be a Fall spawner.  According to Steve Moore who is the fisheries biologist in the Park there are some Fall spawning rainbows.  All rainbows in the Park originated from hatchery stocks and evidently there are some strains that do spawn early.

The river looks great.  Flow is currently 103 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 69 cfs.  The water temperature was 51 degrees in town this morning.  We have some warmer weather in our short term future.  There is not a chance for rain for a few days.  It is going to be really nice for a while.  Fishing is very good.  The fellow at the swinging bridge lost two trout while I was talking to him.  Anglers are doing well in the Park on dry flies and nymphs.  Dry fly fishing should improve as the water warms some.

I would use Parachute Adams, Orange or Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Thunderheads and Blue Wing Olives.  Beetle patterns are working well too.  For subsurface flies try Prince Nymph, Tellico Nymph, Green Weenie, Copper John and Hare’s Ear patterns.  Get a good drift and stay hidden and you should do very well at all elevations and streams.

I’m off today.  My plan is to wash the boat and get my hunting gear put away.  Then I’ll get my fishing gear back in order.  After a week of fishing two weeks ago and hunting last weekend my assortment of toys are in terrible disarray.  My fly tying desk is really messed up too.  I hope to get that all straightened out today. 

I’m tying some great bluegill flies now.  Rob Fightmaster gave Paula and I some of his patterns and they worked well on bluegill and bass that were in about 10 feet of water.  When I get plenty tied I’ll bring some in to photograph and show them to you. 

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

Byron Begley
October 7, 2010

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