Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy this morning.  I can barely see Trillium Cove from my window which is about 250 feet away.  I can’t see any cows either, even if they were there.  Our town is fairly active this morning.  Everyone was driving slow due to the fog.

Little River was up a little from yesterday morning.  The flow is 208 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 360 cfs.  We got a brief rain shower last night and the water level spiked somewhat after that.  We won’t see rain this weekend but there is a good chance Monday night.

The water temperature is 48 degrees right now.  Brian and Rob fished in the Park all day yesterday.  They drove to Cades Cove first only to find that Forge Creek Road was closed.  They ended up on the West Prong of Little River.  They said fishing was slow at times and good at times.  They did not say how many trout they caught.  I’m sure it was a fairly substantial number.  Another angler fished for two hours and only hooked one.  I guess he was there during one of the slow times.

Fishing is still considered slow though they can be caught.  Nymphs will probably work best unless you see a hatch.  Rob and Brian did not see any significant hatches but did notice some bats flying around late in the afternoon.  That usually means there are insects in the air but they could be terrestrial.  I noticed a bat flying around our house one night this week.  I was cooking on the grill and the porch light was attracting moths.  The bats were going after those moths.

Warm temperatures will continue though we will have a short cool off period next week.  But, expect highs in the 60’s most of the days through the end of the month.  Spring is early and fishing will get better.

We should see Quill Gordons and Blue Quills on the water soon.  A cold front in early March could curtail the hatch.  But usually, once the Spring hatch starts it does continue through cold spells.  The fish may be lethargic due to the cold water though.

Most of our Spring tackle is scheduled to ship March 1st.  But, due to the early warmth we are going to hustle up a few of those shipments, especially rods and reels.  We didn’t expect an early Spring because the winter was so cold.  We’ve been fooled again. 

Travis Reynolds is tying flies today in the shop.  You should come by and watch him.  Next weekend on Saturday, Tim Doyle will be tying.  And our last Saturday tyer for the winter will be Ray Ball.  Then, we’ll start our beginner fly fishing schools.  Walter is teaching a small Advanced Tying class today.  I think this will be the last fly tying class until Fall.

Artists are submitting their cover art for the Troutfest Journal.  I like them all.  Judges will choose one.  I refused to be a judge.  I did that once and swore I would never do it again.  I have held to that promise.  I believe Steve Moore and Bill Landry will be judges.  I’m not sure who the others are.  Neil Smith is in charge of the Journal.  He has done a great job.  I sold some ads, Neil sold some and maybe some other TU members sold ads.  It looks like this first year will be a break-even on the Journal.  I think that is OK.  It will grow like Troutfest has grown. What we need is more members selling ads.  With our first magazine in hand it will be easier to sell ads next year.  If all of our active members sold one it would have done better.  Maybe we’ll have a sales contest next year.  Maybe we’ll do a better job recruiting sales people.

If you are considering being a volunteer at Troutfest please commit as soon as possible.  That will help our volunteer coordinators with their planning.  All you have to do is click on the Volunteer Ad below and that will take you to the Troutfest Website.  From there you can sign up as a volunteer online.  We need your help and you will enjoy the work.  Most volunteers work a four hour shift.  Some work more than that.   

The Clinch River Chapter of TU is doing their usual good work.  Today they are holding a Boy Scout Merit Badge class at Roan State.  They have also been holding their annual fly tying class. Those folks do a lot of education work.  It is a big component of this active TU Chapter’s mission.  They are also working hard on the 2011 Tennessee Trout Unlimited Summer Camp to be held at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute.  I have an ad for that below this report and it has been there for a while.  I think they have actually had trouble recruiting enough young people to attend.  What an opportunity for a kid to attend a trout camp in the Great Smoky Mountains at the Institute.  I wish I was a kid.  I’d be there.

Enjoy this fine weekend and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
February 19, 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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