Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  Traffic is very light this morning.  I guess a lot of people here did not sleep well last night.  The wind howled, trees blew down and there is debris everywhere you look.  It is still very windy now.  It is warm, 60 degrees.  But it should get down below freezing tonight in the valley and much colder than that in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Little River is flowing strong and the water color is milky.  You don’t see that often here.  Usually, when there is sediment in the river it is a darker color.  The water temperature is 52 degrees.  Flow is 388 cubic feet per second compared to median flow of 317 cfs.  The water is still rising.  The gauge is at 2.47 feet.  We don’t take beginner fly fishing students on the river when the gauge hits the 2.40 foot level.  Experienced anglers could wade if they are careful at 2.4 feet.  So be careful. 

A little color in the water is a good thing.  The fish don’t see you as well.  Maybe the silt we are seeing here is coming from the creeks in Townsend.  The rivers in the Park may be fairly clear but I don’t know for sure.  You worst enemy today will be wind.  Falling branches could be a hazard to your health.  I would not go today.

But, fishing has been good and the conditions other than the wind are fine.  The wind is supposed to be at around 15 to 20 miles per hour today.  This is not a good day to be out on the lake in a small craft. 

If you fish in the Park try nymphs first.  If you see any bugs hatching or if you just get the urge switch to a dry or even better, a dry with a dropper.  The dropper could be a nymph or wet fly.  Spring mayflies are hatching but not in big numbers yet. 

This weekend is going to be nice.  The high Sunday is supposed to be 69 degrees.  I believe I’ll wash and wax the boat after work.  I spent most of my day off yesterday dealing with the boat.  I hauled it to the Mercury dealer in Morristown called Tri-County Marine.  I like those guys.  When I serviced the engine last Fall one of the spark plugs was fouled really bad.  I wanted them to check that out.  I suspected it might be the carburetor.  We fooled around with it for a few hours and we decided I would run it for a day or so, check the new plugs and if I see some heavy deposits, we’ll change out the carb.  The motor is still under warranty. 

People keep telling me that a lot of engine problems can be caused by ethanol laced fuel.  I have also heard that though the pump reads “10% Ethenol” the actual percentage may be higher.  I don’t know this for a fact but that is what I’m hearing and I heard it again yesterday.  I put a stabilizer in my fuel for the boat.  And, from now on I’m going to add an engine cleaner to the fuel. 

Last night I checked online for gas stations that sell 100% fuel in our County.  I found two.  One is the Co-Op.  Since our motor is a 20 hp four stroke, it uses very little fuel.  And I store 5 gallons, which takes several trips to the lake to consume.  Then it dawned on me.  Right where we launch on Tellico Lake there is one of those Harley Davidson Outposts.  They sell 100% gas and 100 octane racing fuel.  So I’m switching to that.  Then, I think our problems will be over.  I may have to lash down the gear and hold on to my hat when running down the lake burning racing fuel. 

So how do you get rid of your old fuel?  I’m thinking about pouring it into my truck then filling the tank with 100% - 100 octane gas.  I bet the good will cancel the bad.

Tim Doyle is tying at the shop tomorrow.  You don’t want to miss that.  I promise you, entertainment and unusual flies that have been tested to perform will be happening here.  Tim will be tying between 10:00 am til 2:00 pm.  It’s free.  Just stop by and be enlightened.  Tim is a guide who grew up fishing and hunting here.  This will be our last free Saturday tying demonstration until Fall.

Have you noticed when you google something a forum or message board pops up?  That happens to me all the time.  Evidently, there is so much information on forums that the search engines are always looking.  When I check our website number every morning I find that at least 1,000 computers with unique IP addresses have landed on our message board’s home page.  For the first 24 days of this month 25,399 have visited.  We do get a lot of folks on our message board but some of them are bots or spiders from the search engines looking around for stuff to display in a search.

Usually there are only around 80 to 100 members actually logged on during a 24 hour period.  But the visitors numbers are astounding.  Some of those are not real people.  I hardly ever visit the message board and actually log on.  But I do click on there and look at the number of people visiting.  That message board has really grown.  There is a lot of good information on there and people who enjoy writing about fly fishing have posted some good stuff.  Thank you for doing that.   


Park Service fisheries management is holding a public meeting in Townsend on Thursday March 3rd at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at City Hall in the Old Townsend School Auditorium.  CLICK HERE FOR A PDF WITH MORE INFORMATION. 

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

Byron Begley
February 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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