Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cold, 25 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The sun is shining now and today will be a beautiful one in East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Our town is quiet.  We are between seasons.  The local people were out and about this morning.  Steven’s Parkway Grocery was packed with people getting a great, reasonably priced breakfast. AJ’s restaurant was busy too.  We are all getting ready for Spring.

Flow in Little River is 234 cubic feet per second (cfs) right now.  Median flow for this date is 303 cfs.  There is plenty of water.  Median flow is high this time of year.  The water temperature was 38 degrees at 7:50 this morning.  That number is going to get much better.

Fishing is slow for the casual angler like me.  The guys hunting for big fish are scoring.  Anthony came by yesterday and showed me a photo of a 23” brown he caught in Little River.  He did not say where and I did not ask.  I don’t do that.  I would imagine he caught it on the East Prong above Metcalf Bottoms.  But, he does like to fish in the Middle Prong and trout close to that size have been caught there this year.  It was a beautiful fish.

The Little River through Townsend is fishing well too.  Rainbows up to 20” have been caught recently.  The river was stocked last month with large trout.  TWRA does that every year.

But, the water is still cold and the trout that are not hungry (wild non-spawners and stocked trout) are not feeding much.  That will change.  This week we are going to have a terrific warm-up. We will have high temperatures in the mid to high 50’s, 60 today.  Lows at night will be in the 40’s. Fishing will improve through the weekend and into next week.  We will have some rain starting tomorrow.

Nymphs fished deep will work.  And, you could easily see a hatch of blue wing olives in the Park.  So, be ready for both.

Jack Gregory and Rob Fightmaster will be tying at the shop tomorrow.  Just stop by.  They will be demonstrating between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Jack and I have fished all over the country together, including here.  He is the best fly fisherman I know.  He catches the largest brown trout in the Park.  That is what he enjoys.  Rob is a excellent guide.  He guides on the tailwaters around here and in the Park.  He is going to be tying bass patterns.  You can see our Fly Tying Demonstration Schedule by CLICKING HERE.  I have not added Bill Hall yet but I will when I finish with this report. 

Dale, our Park Superintendent is getting a new Executive Assistant.  Nancy Gray who worked for Dale and former Superintendents retired.  This is a big job which includes Public Affairs.  The new person is Molly Schroer.  She and her husband moved here from Grand Canyon.  You can read about her in the Daily Times by CLICKING HERE.  I will miss Nancy.  We are not close friends but I have been around her a few times.  She did a great job for the Smokies in her career. 

This is going to be a great weekend and I’m looking forward to it.

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

Byron Begley
January 6, 2012

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