Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and exactly 32 degrees this morning.  I dusted off my down jacket and fleece gloves before walking out of the house.  I saw about 10 vehicles on my way to the river.  People are staying in this morning.  I don’t blame them. 

Little River looks fantastic.  The flow is 205 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 78 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 46 degrees earlier.  The water is clear and the flow is perfect for anglers.

Fishing was excellent yesterday.  It has been excellent for a couple of weeks.  You could not ask for better fishing in the Smokies.  Now this cold front might change things somewhat.  I would wait a while before going to your favorite stream.  Let the water warm up a little.  It is supposed to be sunny and 60 degrees today. 

Nymphs are working very well.  They need to be weighted and ticking the bottom.  That’s hard to do with a strike indicator.  You may want to “high stick” or even make longer casts and mend but make sure those flies are moving slowly with the current.  Tellico, Prince, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, nymphs with rubber legs or Copper Johns are what I would use.  For dry flies you might want to have some blue wing olives or cream midges in your box. 

Doug came in yesterday.  He lives near us just outside Townsend.  He is an excellent fly fisherman.  I noticed he had a couple of young guys with him.  Evidently, Doug was on the river wearing out the trout as I would be expect him to be doing.  These two college students probably saw what he was doing and asked how he did it.  I am pretty much assuming at this point.

Doug brought them to the shop.  He picked out flies, split shot, strike indicators and tippet for them to buy.  Then he and the guys walked to the front counter.  Daniel rang up the sale which was around $40.  The guys were about $20 short.  Doug immediately covered them and handed Daniel a $20 bill.  Then he said, “lets go outside and rig you up”.

Now, there is no doubt that Doug is one of the nicest people I know.  We have been friends for a long time.  But this effort and kindness goes way beyond what most people would do and that’s what I would expect from Doug.  He just got these guys going on their own.  I expect he gave them a lesson of a lifetime on the river before they came here.  I’m going to try to go fishing with Doug next week.  What a guy.  That made my day.  I love my job.

Doug also said “fishing is good”. 

We are holding a marketing committee meeting this afternoon for Troutfest 2012.  There are seven of us on the Marketing Committee.  Bill Guinn, our Chairman will be here too.  The committee is made up of mostly professional marketers who volunteer their time.  All of us, including me have a professional background in advertising, marketing, public relations, fundraising, special events, web design or graphic arts.  David Anderson, our Marketing Chairman is the coordinator for special events at Dollywood.

Troutfest works because the volunteers work.  But there is more than meets the eye to an outsider.  The big committee of 27 people are talented in other ways.  I recruited some of them.  Other people on the committee were there before I became Chairman in 2008.  They’ve got talent too, and experience.  We make a good team.  And the other 125 volunteers that make this work are also very talented and willing.  All it takes is people! That is a very simple concept.

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

Byron Begley
October 30, 2011 

Our fly tying classes are about to begin.  Here are the dates:

Beginner Fly Tying – Saturday November 12, 2011 – Saturday January 7, 2012 and February 4, 2012.

Intermediate Fly Tying – Saturday December 3, 2011 – Saturday January 21, 2012 and Saturday February 18, 2012.

Advanced Fly Tying – Saturday January 28, 2012 and Saturday February 25, 2012.

You can view the details and the schedule by CLICKING HERE.  This page references our beginner class.  You can go to the “Schools” menu to find information about the other classes. 


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