Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is cold this morning, 23 degrees.  Of course it is colder in the higher elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  There is still some snow remaining on the peaks that don’t get much sun during the day.  I can see one of them from our house.  But, the snow will be gone soon.  It is going to be more Spring-like over the next few days.  The weekend will be sunny with highs in the high 50’s to low 60’s.  Then, rain will begin on Monday or Tuesday. 

Little River is flowing normal.  The flow is currently 295 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 302 cfs.  The water temperature was 38 degrees at the swinging bridge this morning.  Traffic is a little heavier than normal and I’m expecting a crowd at the shop today, unless everyone is fishing.  When fishing activity is high, customers run in and buy what they need then go.  When fishing activity is low, customers tend to spend more time here. 

Fishing will improve this weekend in the Smokies.  It may not be great but the water will warm some and anglers won’t be freezing.  It is going to feel good out there in a little while.  If you go fishing use nymphs and get them down deep.  The bright sun is going to be a negative, the trout will be spooky.  But the warmer water will be a positive.  We are going to have high temperatures in the 50’s for three days then in the mid to high 40’s after that.  This won’t be enough to bring on the Spring hatches.  I hope not.  It’s too early.  If the Quill Gordon’s start hatching in mid-February that can throw everything out of whack.  They have started hatching in late February and continued through March in warm years.

If you run a business and really want to help with Troutfest here’s a way to do that while helping your business too.  You can buy an ad in our new Troutfest Journal.  This is the brainchild of Neil Smith who serves on the Troutfest Committee.  We are going to print 2,000 full color magazines.  Contributing authors include Lefty Kreh and Tom Rosenbauer plus other notable writers.  We are working against a deadline of February 25th.  Our original deadline was February 18th but we moved it forward one week.  You can CLICK HERE TO GET ALL THE INFORMATION AND WHO TO CONTACT.  Please help us, the Smokies Fisheries and your company by buying an ad in the Troutfest Journal.

You can also volunteer online.  See the ad below and click on the link.  Volunteering is fun.  Your only commitment is four hours.  And, you get a free T-Shirt.  Volunteering for Troutfest is not limited to member of the Little River Chapter of TU or to Trout Unlimited members.  Anyone who cares about the Park and doing something good for the fisheries are welcome.  Troutfest is actually managed by our TU Chapter because of our 501 (c)(3) status and somebody has to keep the books.  But the committee and volunteers come from many organizations or they are individuals with no affiliation.  Caring is the only required affiliation.  Also, you should want to have fun.

Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr. are tying today between 10:00 and 2:00.  It’s free.  Just come on by.  They will entertain you until the water warms up.

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

Byron Begley
January 29, 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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