Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is already 70 degrees at 8:15 am this morning.  The water temperature in Little River through town was exactly the same, 70.  Traffic has died down since the holiday weekend is over.  Our town looks a little more normal.  We had a ton of visitors this weekend.  There were a lot of people in Great Smoky Mountains National Park all three days. 

This heat wave and high pressure centered over the southeast is setting records.  We are going to see high temperatures in the low to mid 90’s all week. 

The rivers and streams in the Park are very low, much lower than normal.  Little River is currently flowing at 91 cubic feet per second.  Normal is twice that for this date, 186 cfs.  We do have a slight chance for scattered thunderstorms through Thursday night.  Friday and Saturday should be hot and dry.

Fishing was excellent in the Park most of the weekend.  I did not talk to anyone who fished there yesterday.  The people we saw were mostly shoppers.  Most people are using yellow dry flies.  The Yellow Sally Stonefly hatch is in progress and the trout like that color this time of year.  We practically sold out of yellow stones this weekend.  More are on the way. 

I bet a lot of local anglers are fishing on the tailwaters.  The Clinch is fishing very well.  I’ve heard that a lot during the past couple of days.  I’m sure the other tailwaters in our area are fishing well too.  The water is cold and in the perfect temperature range for trout.

More stories unfold about the expected cicada emergence.  It’s happing!  But it is not happening right here.  Tellico Lake and Watts Bar are getting the action.  They are buzzing in the trees at nearby Maryville.  We are selling a lot of the flies.  I noticed last night they are thinning out.  I think we have about six different 13 year cicada patterns.  I bought them in anticipation for this emergence.  I’m glad I did.  Fly tyers are creating their own patterns. 

I will be calling TWRA and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation today to find out the status of funding for the Erwin and Dale Hollow trout hatcheries.  I am doing this to prepare for a local television interview.  They were hot to do the story this weekend.  They may cool of and forget about it.  I’ll be ready just in case.

We will end the first five months of the year with over ½ million website visitors.  This fishing report will have had over 92,000 visitors since January 1st.  May has been a good month at the shop but down slightly from last year. 

Actually May has been dropping off every year since 2008.  And it is interesting that we turned Troutfest into a fly fishing exposition in 2009.  I thought that would be good for business.  I guess I was wrong.  Our research shows that a large majority of customers who come into our shop and buy something during Troutfest are already customers.  We only checked this year.  I’m going to look at the past three years and see if that trend has changed.  The good thing is the Park’s fisheries department gets a lot of funding from Troutfest.  And, a lot of us who are friends work together on a large successful project.  So there is an upside for me.

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

Byron Begley
May 31, 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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