Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is overcast and fairly warm, 45 degrees.  There was some traffic on my way to work.  Most were local people doing the same thing I was doing, going to work.  The restaurants and the motel parking lots were somewhat void of vehicles.  It is Winter in the Great Smoky Mountains.  At least here, there are not many visitors during the week. 

Little River looks awesome.  The flow is finally getting closer to normal.  This morning the flow was 379 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 270 cfs.  The water temperature was 44 degrees at 7:45 am.

It is gong to be much warmer this week, for a few days anyway.  We will see highs in the mid 60’s and lows in the mid 40’s for a couple of days.  That will bring the water temperature up some.  Fishing will improve, at least for trout.  You may get some dry fly action on blue wing olives or midges.  So when you are on the stream watch for rises and bugs.  Otherwise, fish nymphs or wet flies.  Try deep near the bottom in the mornings.  If the trout are on the prowl for food you might catch them in the mid currents or on top. 

It is going to be cloudy today.  That will help the fishing a lot.  The brown trout that have spawned are still hungry and will be for weeks.  If you have the time and the patience to stalk them you could succeed.  The rainbows and brook trout will react to the warmer water.  This is not going to be like fishing in Spring by any stretch.  It’s just going to be better.  The water temperature dipped to near 40 degrees this week.  Now we’ll see it peak higher later in the day.

We have rain on the way starting Thursday.  It looks like the chances are likely both Thursday and Friday.  We really don’t need more water.  The Tennessee Valley is still draining from the last few weeks of record flows in the rivers.  Dams are spilling and generation is pretty much non-stop.  Really, a good choice now is to fish the free-flowing rivers upstream from impoundments.  Try the rivers in the Smokies or the National Forests in the area. 

I heard TWRA stocked Little River with the brood trout but I can’t verify that.  It’s only a rumor so far.  But, you might stop in town on your way to or from the Park and give it a shot.  Try Wooly Buggers.  Try Olive Wooly Buggers.  If they don’t work put some weight on them and keep trying. 

It is good to be back in my office.  I’ve been working on our website from home for the past two days.  Our hardware that provides an internet connection to our network was somehow stalled by a firewall box.  That problem was fixed yesterday by our IT guys.

Our volunteer fire department is on the job doing it well as usual.  We are lucky to have them.  They performed two rescues in the Park this weekend.  One was a guy in a pickup truck that ran off a 20’ high embankment and landed in Little River in four feet of water.  That had to be a scary time for him.  You can read the story in the DAILY TIMES BY CLICKING HERE.  Another person had to be extracted from a vehicle in the Park on the same day.  I don’t think that one made it all the way to the water.

The Townsend Volunteer Fire Department is as good as they come.  These folks are well trained and equipped.  They are serious about the job and they have saved many lives and property over the past 20 years that I have lived here.  And, they are building a new fire station at the entrance to Townsend from the Maryville side.  That new facility will replace the station at City Hall.  This is a beautiful building and it’s the first one you see when you enter our town.  Wait until you see it.  I think it will be operational in a few weeks. 

I like to fish Little River directly across the road from the new fire station.  So, I have watched it evolve over the Summer.  Don Stallions, our Fire Chief gives a report at each City Council meeting.  I always enjoy his reports.  He discusses everything important that has happened over the past month.  And he reports on the progress of our new fire station.  Our Assistant Chief runs the bank across the street from our store. 

A couple of years ago a starling flew into the wrong fuse on the power pole that feeds electricity to our building.  We have underground and 3 phase power coming in.  We all heard a loud “BANG”.  It could be heard by people all around this area.  Sparks fell to the ground and started a grass fire.  Will was the first on the scene.  He drove over from the bank and put on his fire fighting suit.  Other firefighters arrived.  The blaze was under control in minutes.  We found the dead and charred bird on the ground. 

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

Byron Begley
December 13, 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 October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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