Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and pleasant outside. I drove to town at 7:30 to meet some buddies and Joe Humphreys for breakfast. I walked in the restaurant and there was Lefty Kreh with Rick Pope who owns Temple Fork.  Lefty wanted to know if I am taking him to the airport tomorrow morning.  Either Paula or I will.  We’ll take Joe Humphreys at the same time.

Frank and I went to the Troutfest site at 8:30.  Volunteers and exhibitors were scurrying around getting ready for the second day.  Bob Clouser came up and we chatted for a few minutes.  Then I drove here.  The report is a little late because of our messing around this morning. 

Fishing is excellent.  I talked to Scott from Project Healing Waters morning. He said he saw his largest Yellow Sally stonefly hatch last night on the Middle Prong of Little River.  He said the bugs were everywhere.  Fishing was excellent.  It should be.  Everything is right.  We could use a little more flow but I’m glad the rain did not come this weekend.  We did not get much.  That was good for Troutfest.  There is a good chance for rain Monday and Tuesday.

Flow is 145 cubic feet per second in Little River at the Townsend gauge.  Median flow for this date is 222 cfs.  I did not check the water temperature this morning.  I’m leaving yesterday’s temperature reading on the site. It’s probably pretty close.

If you go fishing in the Park you should be armed with Yellow Sally patterns.  I would probably use a Neversink Caddis because it looks like a Yellow Sally, floats well and you can see it easily.  Fishing should be good about anywhere you go.  I would probably fish on the Middle Prong or around Elkmont. 

Troufest is really going well.  We are busy here too.  Yesterday was the highest sales day we have ever had.  I think our attendance was around 1,500 people yesterday.  I don’t know if that included volunteers and vendors.  Everything is running smoothly.  Vendor sales are very good.  The national manufacturers seem happier than ever.  I’m smiling too. 

What you see when you attend Troutfest are fly tyers tying, artists who specialize in trout art, fly shops selling their wares, famous professionals giving demonstrations and lots of people, fly anglers, having fun. 

What I see is volunteerism’s finest moment.  I see a year of careful planning.  I see hard working people with a mission to help Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I see younger leadership developing.  Guys and gals in the 20’s are taking on responsibility.  Some of them are very family oriented.  They were smart and got their parents to help.  And their parents are my age or younger so we are all friends.  I see over 150 volunteers from states as far away as Florida and Indiana.  I see pride in the work they are doing for Trout Unlimited and their favorite National Park.  What I see most vividly is success. But I know the underlying feeling among these volunteers is confidence and teamwork.

It is hard to know how much work goes into this. I know.  I don’t know how many times people came up to me yesterday and said “Thank You”.  That happened a lot.

This has been a great weekend and it has been an honor to work with this team of fine folks.

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

Byron Begley
May 15, 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 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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