Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 36 degrees in Townsend this morning.  This is my day off and I’m at home.  I’m going to spend the day tying flies, replacing old leaders and organizing my gear because I know what is coming.  I’m excited.

Little River is flowing at 664 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 374 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:18 am is 45.5 degrees.  This is going to be a beautiful day with a high temperature near 60 degrees in the valley.  Be careful wading.  I would fish the smaller streams and still be careful.  You can successfully catch trout in the Smoky Mountains, using a fly rod, and not wade deep.  You can fish close when the water is high.  The trout don’t see you as easily when the water is high, as they do when the water is low.  You can catch trout 15 feet from where you are standing.  In fact, you are always better off wading as little as possible so you don’t spook the trout.

Nymphs will work and dry flies may produce as well.  It depends on what type of water you are fishing and at what elevation.  The water will be colder in the high elevation streams and the trout will be more sluggish. 

What is coming in the near term is rain, tomorrow and tomorrow night.  One weather website predicts rainfall amounts of ¼” tomorrow. 

What is coming after that, is beautiful and warm weather.  This is what we have been waiting for.  By the weekend and beyond, we’ll have high temperatures near or above 70 degrees during the day.  Lows at night will be in the 40’s to 50’s.  Get ready.  Excellent fishing for trout in the Great Smoky Mountains is only a few days away.  As we progress into next week, fishing will get even better, maybe excellent. 

The same holds true for the lowland rivers.  Warmer water species like smallmouth bass and rock bass will become active.  Fishing will be very good next week.

The lakes will get warmer too as they are fed by the rivers and are thermally enhanced by warm air and sunshine.  Lake fishing with a fly will improve over the next few days.

Whew, I’m getting excited.

Our County’s Tourism Authority announced a new plan to help tourism.  We will establish the State’s first Certified Tourism Ambassador Program.  We have kicked around the idea but none of us knew there was a system in place for this.

Basically, these Ambassadors will be certified to train and conduct seminars to our tourism workforce.  We will learn how to interact better with our visitors and answer the many questions about our area that we are asked every day.

This will reinforce that all businesses and residents should work as a team, to do everything possible to provide our visitors with a very favorable experience while they are here.

I have traveled all over the country and other countries, mainly on fishing trips.  I can tell you without a doubt, that this is the friendliest place I have ever been.  When I visit a business in our town, I watch the staff interact with tourists.  I also take note about how I am treated in a business here.  The grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, fly shop, motels, lodges, retail stores, cabin rental companies, riding stables, the Visitors Center, Heritage Center, Railroad Museum, post office, police force and every other business or organization here are part of a team. Our mission should be to provide an exceptional experience for our visitors.

I have never been mistreated here by anyone.  I give us an A+ “Friendly Rating”.  But, there is always room for improvement. We can all do better.

You can read the article in the Daily Times by CLICKING HERE.  Tomorrow I am meeting with the CEO of our County’s Chamber of Commerce.  She is coming by after lunch.  Tomorrow night, we will hold a membership meeting of the Townsend/Walland Business Alliance.  After that, our website committee will meet.  I’m sure this will be at the top of the list for discussion.

Tami Vater, who runs our Tourism Authority is putting this together with her great team. This is an exciting concept and I believe it will be beneficial for all of us, and most importantly, you. 

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

Byron Begley
April 3, 2013  

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