Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is overcast and gloomy in our town.  Most of the higher elevations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are blocked from my view by fog.  Our town is peaceful this time of year.  Visitors are just not here during the week.  We’ll see some this weekend.  I expect a good crowd at our shop on Saturday.  Jack Gregory will be tying. 

Little River is up a little from yesterday and slightly warmer.  Flow is currently 276 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 297 cfs.  The water temperature is 40 degrees at the swinging bridge.  We got about 1/3” of rain over the past 24 hours and snow has been melting.  Both have contributed to the rise in water levels.

Fishing will be slow but you can catch trout under these conditions.  The guys using spinning rods are doing well.  I talked to a customer yesterday who caught a 20” brown and two smaller trout using a thing called a fluke.  It is a minnow like soft plastic lure.  I did not talk to anyone yesterday who was fly fishing.  If you do go, use nymphs or streamers and get them down deep.

Ethan and a couple of his buddies floated the South Holston in a drift boat yesterday.  He’ll be here soon and I will find out how well they did.

Today I will be working on Troutfest stuff.  Ethan and Neil are going to start selling for the Troutfest Journal in Townsend.  I’m going to give them the names of all the business owners and managers of the businesses in town. 

This afternoon, Sarah Weeks and I will design all the printed materials needed for advertising the event in fly shops and through direct mail.  I’m hoping we’ll get the files to the printer this afternoon.  The banquet tickets will be part of that package.  Printing will take about a week.  Then, we can start selling banquet tickets.  We will mail the marketing packages to fly shops in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.  Before we send out the mailing, Sarah and I will call each fly shop and talk to the owner or manager.  Included in that list are the big stores too, like Gander Mountain, Bass Pro and Orvis Company stores.

We decided at our committee meeting on Sunday to limit ticket sales to 350.  That’s about all we can handle in the big tent.  All total, we have about 7,000 square feet under roof for the banquet.  Last year 300 attended.  We are expecting an increase this year for several reasons.

We held a City Commission Meeting last night.  I briefed the members about our situation with the Department of Transportation.  That took up most of the meeting. 

Tomorrow night we were supposed to speak at the County Commission meeting.  Bill Gwinn and I were going to do that.  We are asking the commissioners to enact a resolution in favor of the Tennessee Bottle Bill.  This bill would place a deposit on beverage containers.  That five cents would be passed on to the people who buy the products.  It would include glass, aluminum and plastic containers.  The purchaser can get the deposit back by turning it in to a recycling center. This plan creates jobs for Tennesseans.  It doesn’t cost a thing unless you just throw the container away or on the ground.  Even then, people will pick them up and collect the deposit. 

I talked to one of our commissioners yesterday and we decided to postpone the resolution until February.  The agenda tomorrow night is packed.  Some commissioners have said they are against the bottle bill.  I can’t understand why.

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

Byron Begley
January 19, 2011


Jack Gregory will be tying for you on Saturday between 10:00 and 2:00.  It’s FREE.  All you have to do is show up.  Any person who fishing anywhere won’t want to miss this event with Jack. 

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Our fly tying classes will be offered in January and February 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 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


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 March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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