Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is chilly this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  Light snow and sleet are falling on the ground but melting on the roadways.  This winter precipitation was not expected.  It will be partly sunny today with a high of 36 degrees.   Traffic is light, it is a February Tuesday so that is what we expect.  We may get some snow tomorrow night and Thursday.  It is going to be cold too.  There may be some road closings later this week in Great Smoky Mountains National Park so check on that before you go.

I think fishing will be slow in the Park for a few days.  This cold front is going to chill the water further as the week progresses.  If you do go, I would use nymphs.  Fish them weighted and deep ticking along the bottom. 

The tailwaters, especially the South Holston are fishing well.  The water that is drawn from the reservoirs is warmer than the freestone streams in the Smokies.  The trout are more active.

I have not talked to anyone who is fishing the lakes around here with a fly rod.  There have been a lot of crappie fishermen in the shop buying materials for jigs.  They are catching fish.  These folks brave some unbearable conditions playing their sport.  That would just not be for me.  I equate boats with warm weather.  Our boat has been at rest and dry docked since November.  I have to admit, when we do have these warm days I’ve thought about dragging it to a lake and running around.  But lately, warm days have been windy days.

I am going to brief the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau board this afternoon.  Among them is our County Mayor and two County Commissioners.  My job is to get everyone up to date on the problems we are having in our city with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  I’m hoping our TDOT regional director will be there.  He was invited.  He and I get along fine and I’m sure my story will be almost identical to his.  It will be best if we are both there.

Evidently, travel is really picking up.  Dave Chouinard, our representative from Simms spent most of the day here yesterday.  He told me the guides and lodges in the Bahamas are showing promising signs of increased bookings for the Spring.  I’ve noticed, working on Troutfest, that the motels are booking fast for that weekend in May.  It’s not all due to Troutfest though.  There are going to be some other big events going on.  I suggest you make your reservations now for Troutfest.  Today we will discuss handling room shortages by utilizing our great hotels near the airport.  We have several hundred rooms there and though the drive to Troutfest would be about 25 minutes, there is a lot to be said for staying in Alcoa/Maryville.  So, that’s our backup plan.

I hope you all have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
February 8, 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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