Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  We got a little snow last night but we were expecting more.  Walter is teaching a fly tying class today so he spent the night with us just in case.  We left the house early, stopped for breakfast and headed to the shop.  Then, the snow really started falling.  Right now it is a whiteout.  The radar indicates it won’t last long.  The weather service is predicting a 50% chance for snow.  It is closer to 100% here.

We are holding the fly tying class today and I know John Thurman will be here for a tying demonstration. Walter and Rob Fightmaster are here to teach the class.  At least one student has shown up.  Paula is here.  Ethan is here.  Daniel will be here.  But who knows, we may be here alone today with no customers.

That is a problem we face every winter.  We plan things and do everything to make them happen and weather can ruin it for everyone.

The snow is letting up.  Maybe the roads will clear and we’ll start seeing customers come in. 

I would imagine, without checking, that most of the roads in the Park are closed.  I don’t think I would plan on fishing there today unless you stay close to the entrances and walk in.  That way if  the Park Service does close your road you won’t be stuck in there.  Fishing might be good though.  The browns love to feed on a snowy winter day.

Well, half of the students are here for the beginner class.  Four more may show up. 

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


You should be here this morning.  John Thurman and Clayton Gist are going to be giving a Free Fly Tying Demonstration starting at 10:00.  These guys are experts in my opinion.  And both have broad trout fishing experience in this part of the Country, the Mid-West and the West.  Both guys are very active with Trout Unlimited and belong to the Clinch River Chapter.  They are leaders in developing the new Trout Camp at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute.  The first one will be held this summer.  It is for kids only and funded by TU Chapters around the State.  They will tie between 10:00 and 2:00.  Just come by, watch and talk to them.  You will enjoy this very much.

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

Byron Begley
January 8, 2011


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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

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

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