Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is cloudy and fairly warm this morning.  Rain is on the way here today then maybe we’ll get some snow tomorrow.  Townsend is quiet.  There is not much going on. 

Little River is lower than normal.  Flow today is 205 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 332 cfs.  The water temperature warmed a little to 39 degrees at 8:30 am.  We are not expecting much precipitation so the water level won’t change much over the next couple of days.  It is going to be warm this weekend unless things change.  We’ll see the streams do the same to some extent. 

If you go fishing put some weight on those nymphs and get them down deep.  Winter fishing in the Smokies can be quite rewarding.  You may not catch larger numbers of fish but for the most part you will have the rivers to yourself.  Little River is stocked with rainbow trout in town and a few anglers are catching them.  Many of us seem to forget about the stretch in town.  When the tubers are gone fishing here can be a lot of fun.  

This is a great time for hiking.  A lot of our customers hike in the Smokies during the winter.  You can see much more of your surroundings when the leaves are gone.  If you dress right you won’t get too cold or too hot.  You won’t be bothered by yellow jackets either.

I talked to Herb Handly yesterday.  We are organizing a meeting of people who would like to discuss re-building Laurel Lake.  This 50 acre impoundment was drained around 20 years ago.  The 150 acre property changed hands a couple of times afterwards.  Now the County owns it.  The new lake would be located just a few hundred yards from our house so we are interested.  Herb is going to place an article in the newspaper and schedule the meeting in March.  Hopefully someone will come forward to lead this endeavor.  I don’t have time right now for more volunteer work. Below is a photo of the drained lakebed. Check out the view.

Laurel Lake

Come by the Shop Saturday morning.  Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr. will be tying flies for your enjoyment.  These guys have some innovative tying techniques and patterns ranging from trout to warmwater species.  They are also very entertaining.  This is a Free tying demonstration.  Just show up.  The will be tying between 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

I can’t believe this story but it’s probably true.  Two Anderson County teenagers killed a bull elk, spot lighting on a 4-wheeler and using a .22 rifle.  They blabbed to their friends and one or more of them reported the incident to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agenncy.  You can READ THE STORY HERE.  This makes me sick. 

I guess it won’t be long before we start seeing elk here.  The Park Service has decided to let the herd at Cataloochee roam.  I bet they find Cades Cove and stay.  And, that means they will eventually move into Dry Valley where we live.  I hope that happens.  It would be nice to sit in front of the fire at home and watch a bull elk through the windows.

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

Byron Begley
January 25, 2011 


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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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