Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful day in Townsend, Tennessee.  The sun is shining.  It is going to be hot, maybe 88 degrees.  The guys putting up those huge tents for Troutfest are going to love that!  They will start early this afternoon and finish by dark.  Little River looked good.  I was at the swinging bridge taking the water temperature this morning.  A guy was standing on the bank casting a spinner.  He said he caught one big trout already and just started fishing.  He said he had never fished in Little River before.  He is catching stocked trout.  He’ll catch more than he could have imagined.  Our wildlife agency has the river stocked heavily with big rainbows.  I saw one the other day that measured 21 ½ inches.

Fishing is the Park is now “Excellent”.  Bill and Sheila camped at Elkmont from Sunday until yesterday morning.  Bill said the fishing was fairly slow Sunday evening.  The bugs were not hatching.  The water temperature there was 48 degrees.  But as time went on the water warmed up.  Then the fishing got really good.  Light Cahills, Yellow Sallies and other aquatic insects were on the water and the trout were rising to them.  Bill caught a 14” brown and lost one that probably measured 17”.  The water temperature controlled the hatching and the fishing as it does.

Good news for those here for Troutfest.  It is going to stay warm.  We won’t have any cold water to contend with.  Fishing will be excellent.  There is a chance for scattered thunderstorms for the next few days.  I guess we could get some temporary rise in the water and maybe some stained streams.  I doubt it.  There is no mention of heavy rain for a few days.  That’s great for Troutfest.

Right now, Little River is flowing at 221 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 226 cfs.  The water temperature was 59 degrees this morning in town.

Jack, Paula and I met a couple from Australia yesterday.  Believe it or not, they are here for Troutfest.  He told me he decided at some point to take up trout fishing.  He found a fly shop which must be few in that country.  They told him to either read or watch a Lefty Kreh book or CD.  This fellow said Lefty is the reason he got deeply involved in trout fishing with a fly rod.  Somehow they found Troutfest on the internet when they were planning their camping trip to the United States.  They decided to be here so he could be with Lefty for the weekend.  Now, how cool is that.  Jack and I were talking about how all the work we do pays off.  This is a big payoff.  That is a great story. 

The gentleman looked on a map and found Townsend. He commented that it seemed odd such a tiny little town could have an event like this.  Well, Lefty will be here tomorrow along with a lot of other people this man will enjoy meeting.  Troutfest is the greatest show on earth.

Bill Bolinger said we have sold 250 tickets.  That means we will probably sell 300.  We only have 320 to sell.  That’s the cutoff we established with our caterers.  So, if you want to attend the banquet, call us here at 877-448-3474.  We’ll hold your tickets here until the banquet begins.  At that point your tickets will be held at the banquet.

I think Rufus told me last night we have $40,000 worth of prizes.  I’m probably right because it was in the $30,000+ a few days ago.

Tip Signs is putting up our newly painted Little River Outfitters pole sign.  It was faded and I wanted to have it looking good for Troutfest.  They came by Monday and took it down, re-painted it at their shop and now it’s back.  I am glad of that.  Some people thought we had closed.  It looks beautiful.  I told Paula to write them a check as soon as they finished and I probably would be at the Troutfest site.  I asked her to check first and make sure there was not some kind of mix-up.  I asked her to look for obvious things like the words Taco Bell or Burger King instead of Little River Outfitters.  I just looked, it says Little River Outfitters.

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

Byron Begley
May 13, 2010 

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