Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful morning in Townsned.  The air is crisp and cool.  Traffic is slow in town.  It will be that way until Memorial Day weekend.  Anglers are somewhat sparse.  I did see two guys wading in Little River near the swinging bridge.  They were using small, lightweight spinning rods.  I did not talk to them but they looked like they knew what they were doing.

Little River is flowing with less volume than normal and the water is clear.  Flow now is 189 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 236 cfs.  The water temperature was 53 degrees in town at 8:30 am.  That’s a little cool.  It will warm up today.

Fishing is good.  You will need to avoid being seen and that is harder to do right now.  Wear dark clothing that blends in with the forest.  Stay low and fish the choppy water in riffles and runs.  Get a good drift.  That takes short casts and good line control.  Don’t let that fly drag either faster or slower than the current your are in. You will catch trout if you do that.

Fly choices are numerous.  Sulphurs, Light Cahills, Yellow Sallies, Caddis and terrestrial flies should all work.  Darker mayfly imitations will do fine anytime.  Try a Parachute Adams or Thunderhead.  Nymphs would be your standard selection, Copper John, Tellico, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Hare’s ear and so on.  With the lower water you might want to use smaller flies, maybe down to a #16.  Lighter tippet will result in more strikes.  You might to better with 6X or 5X than using 4X right now.

We are holding our first Troutfest 1012 work meeting at Laurel Valley Country Club in June.  We’ll have the final numbers and a recent memory of anything that went wrong.  Hardly anything went wrong.  About everything went right.  That is because we have a great Committee who lead volunteers to accomplish the task.  I have received e-mail from two new committee members.  They say they have never worked with a better organized and hard working group of people.  I agree.  I’ve never been involved with a volunteer group like this one.  I have spent most of my adult life doing a lot of volunteer work.

We will be recruiting new committee members, in fact I’ve started already.  To make this easier for everyone, more is better.  I think we could have as many as 40 people working together.  Each would do less and more would get done.  This year there were 22 Committee members. 

There is a good chance we’ll move the date forward by a week due to conflicts we encountered this year.  We will also schedule our meetings.  There will probably be four of them.  That’s what we had for Troutfest 2011.  Without e-mail, we would have had to meet more.  They way we work, everyone knows what is going on in other areas of the project and they think about how it affects their responsibility.

Paula and I are going to be on vacation for a week.  We’ll be fishing for smallmouth bass every day.  Yesterday I found some sparkle foam at Hobby Lobby.  I could not resist this stuff because I like to tie foam flies.  This 1.5 mm foam had glitter glued to one side.  I would probably need to glue two sheets together to have a two sided glitter body.  I wondered if this adhesive that holds the glitter on the foam was waterproof and how durable was this coating?  Last night I cut off two pieces and put them in a cup of water.  They were still floating this morning and the glitter is still holding on.  The colors were silver, black and pearl.  I can see a lot of possibilities for terrestrials, stealth bombers and maybe baitfish imitations.  I like Hobby Lobby.  Yesterday, they liked me.

Well, I’ll talk to you in a week.  I hope you get to do a lot of fishing like we will be doing. 

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

Byron Begley
May 19, 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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