Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was 64 degrees when I drove to work this morning.  It looks like we are in for a early Spring.  Our town is busy this morning.  I saw  a lot of local people driving around.  The walkways are busy too.  People are getting out early to enjoy this weather.

The river looks low and the water is warmer.  Flow right now is 182 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 376 cfs.  I took the temperature at the swinging bridge.  It was 48 degrees.  The water is very clear.  Fishing will keep getting better over the next few days and you will be able to catch trout on dry flies as well as nymphs.

You will probably see some hatches, mostly Quill Gordon and Blue Quills.  The big Spring hatch has not begun but sporadic sightings will occur.  It is cloudy today.  That will help your fishing success.  It was cloudy last night too.  That helps.  These trout are nervous about the low clear water.  They can be easily seen.  You will need to sneak up on the fish and try not to cast your line over likely spots.  Get the fly and leader in there but not the fly line.  I would concentrate on the choppy water where a riffle enters a pool or fish in the riffles.  You will see trout in the slower pools.  They will see you too. 

We have a slight chance for showers today and tonight.  We need rain in the worst way.  Tomorrow and Sunday will be sunny and warm.  The chance for rain returns Monday.  Fishermen will be on the rivers this weekend.  That is one thing you can count on.  Brian Courtney and Rob Fightmaster are out there now.  I bet they have a good day since both of them are excellent anglers and the conditions are better than they have been in a while.

Come by tomorrow and watch Travis Reynolds tie flies.  You will really enjoy Travis.  There is no charge and you just have to show up. He will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

I rode my bicycle yesterday.  I barely put ten miles on the odometer. I just kept running into people I wanted to talk to along the way so the whole trip took over two hours.  I found Frank, one of our police officers and a fun guy to be around.  He had set up on the new bridge checking for speeders.  We talked for a long time.  Lynn, who runs the water department pulled up and talked to us.  Then, the vice Mayor, Ron parked and joined in.  Ron is a super nice guy.  So is Lynn.  In fact, our town is loaded with smart, nice people.  I don’t know of a friendlier place than Townsend.

I ran into Ronnie who is our police chief.  He is a very good friend.  He invited a bunch of local folks to his brand new “clubhouse” for lunch on Wednesday.  I guess around 15 of us showed up.  He built this really nice facility to share with the people.  That’s the kind of guy he is.  Half of the building is open but under roof.  Inside the closed area is an unbelievable kitchen with commercial grade equipment.  He built this himself and worked on it for months.  I can just walk over there so it’s perfect for me.  We are going to have a fish fry in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, at closing time, one of our city commissioners and a good friend of mine walked in my office with some cold beer.  We solved a lot of city problems Wednesday night. 

I am very proud of our city government.  Everyone has the best interest of our city on their agenda.  Our elected officials are paid one dollar a day.  The planning commissioners don’t get paid anything.  We do this for free.  Basically, this is a volunteer based government.  We do have some paid staff, our maintenance man, a part time building inspector, a full time city recorder and four police officers.  The fire department is strictly volunteers.  And they do a fine job when a crisis occurs. 

Most people here get along well with each other.  I’ve never had a problem with anyone and I’ve been here almost 20 years.  I told that to a guy the other day.  He said “I wish I could reach that level”.  I told him “It’s easy”.  “Just accept people for who they are”. 

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

Byron Begley
February 18, 2011 

2011 Tennessee Trout Unlimited Summer Camp

Tennessee TU is sponsoring a week-long summer aquatic biology and trout fishing camp at Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont. The camp will be held Monday, June 20 - Saturday, June 25 and is for middle school-age boys and girls. Cost of the camp is $465. Go to TU Clinch River Chapter website, for more information and an application.  Applications are due March 1st.  This is an opportunity of a lifetime for young people.

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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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