Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is chilly this morning, 36 degrees in Townsend.  The sun is shining.  Traffic was brisk earlier.  Lousy weather kept people in yesterday morning but they are out today.  The higher mountains are solid white.  It is a beautiful sight.  The mountains did get some snow night before last and yesterday morning.  Mount Leconte reported 7 inches of new snow.  Newfound Gap reported 3 inches on the ground as of yesterday morning.  We won’t know what is going on up there now until those weather stations report at around 10:00 or later.

Little River is rolling along but the water is clear.  The gauge is reading 3.9 feet which equates to 1,310 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 423 cfs.  There is a good chance for more rain on Wednesday. 

Anglers should be careful fishing today in the Smokies.  Wading in the swift water could likely end up as a cold dip in the river.  Ethan and one of his buddies are in the Park now, fishing for big brown trout.  Ethan caught a 18” brown last week and several other nice fish.  The Spring hatches began last week and they should continue.  The trout may be a little more sluggish due to the cooler water.  It is going to be fairly warm this week but not like it has been.  So we may see trout feeding activity slow a little.

Today looks like nymphing and streamer fishing conditions to me.  If you do find mayflies hatching and trout feeding switch to a dry and dropper rig.  The dry fly should be a Quill Gordon or Blue Quill.  The nymph could be a wet fly or pheasant tail pattern.

I think the lake fishing is still slow for shallow water fishermen using fly rods.  I could be wrong but I have not heard any good news yet.  I wish I could find a lake water temperature website.  I’ve looked and can’t find one.  Maybe you can help me.   

We are all wondering about the tourism business this year.  Tourism revenue picked up last year.  What are fuel prices going to do?  The Smokies is a popular place to visit when fuel prices are high.  The Park is close to a lot of people.  If those people choose to take shorter trips, we should benefit from that. But, the country would not. High fuel prices will slow the economic recovery. I hope that does not happen. We don't need that right now.

Our city government is mostly funded by sales taxes.  We do not have a city property tax in Townsend.  We do have a County property tax.  So, tourism is important to the City’s budgeting process, which is about to begin.  Our economy is in recovery and business should be growing again this year.  We have several city meetings over the next few days.  Tomorrow night there is a TDOT workshop at 6:30.  We are holding a planning commission meeting on Thursday at 6:00.  Then, next Tuesday the city commission will meet.  I will attend all three. 

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

Byron Begley
March 7, 2011

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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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