Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is 37 degrees this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  The sky is dark and rain is on the way.  It may snow tonight.  Our town is quiet.  I saw maybe 10 vehicles on my way to work.  I bet people are staying out of the higher elevations of the Park.  It could snow up there today, at least on the very highest mountains.  Right now I can see all the normally visible mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from our store.

This would be a great day to fish.  I would either drive to Metcalf Bottoms and fish upstream to Elkmont or on the Middle Prong at Tremont.  I would not travel up high.  I hate coming down the mountain with snow or ice on the roads.  The high temperature today is supposed to be 45 degrees in the valley.  You would probably not encounter any snow higher up until tonight.  But, you never know.  Conditions change.

It is overcast and that will work in your favor today if you do go fishing in the Smokies.  I would fish with nymphs and weight them down some.  Streamers might be a good idea.  The browns are hungry and feeding.  The water is on the cool side so you might not catch large numbers of trout.  But you could connect with a big one. 

A contract has been let to build more of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley.  This section has been referred to as the missing link.  I was up at the last bridge one day for a media tour.  Dale Ditmanson who is the Park Superintendent, was there.  In his briefing he said he hopes to have this section finished by 2016.  Knowing Dale, he just might get that done.  He has been a very effective Superintendent.  You can read the ARTICLE HERE in the Daily Times. 

I have been up at the last bridge on the Blount County side twice.  The views of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove are spectacular from there.  I worked as a volunteer about two years ago on that road.  It opened for a weekend in the Fall to let people drive up there, walk to the last bridge then go home.  My job was to direct traffic at the top and park cars.  It was hot.  Traffic was heavy and backed up for miles.  Motors were overheating.  I sniffed coolant all day long.  I barely had time to drink water.  I don’t think I’ve ever been that tired.  From that point forward I decided younger people should be doing that job.  You can walk or ride a bicycle up there about anytime you want to.  When you get to the top, it’s worth the effort.  That’s easy for me to say since both times I went up there it was in a Park Service automobile or my truck.  Finishing this section of highway will be a boom for tourism and more to do for us locals.  I drive on the section from Walland to the Little T often.  I love that drive.

Customers have been telling us for years we need some Little River Outfitters stickers for their car or truck.  Our artist, Cindy Day and our printer Hart Graphics are working on that.  I have some prototypes and I’m impressed.  These are going to be printed on a “short run” process so we don’t have to order hundreds of them.  We have two to start with and we’ll probably design more.  I hope they will be available for sale in a couple of weeks.

Mike Bone is tying downstairs.  It is a free demonstration so come on over.  He will be tying until 2:00 pm.  All you have to do is show up.

Our website has been running slow.  Daniel called our host yesterday about the problem.  Our website traffic is high but that’s not the problem according to Thom, our host.  The problem is the internet as a whole.  There is a lot more traffic than usual due to the holiday shopping.  I’m still going to keep an eye on it and compare our site speed to others. 

Have a good weekend and thank you for being here with us.  The rain has arrived.

Byron Begley
December 4, 2010

FLY TYING CLASSES

Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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