Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining in Townsend this morning.  And guess what?  The high today is going to be under 90 degrees.  In fact the high is supposed to be 88.  And the low tonight should be 59 degrees in the valley.  I can’t remember what that feels like. 

Traffic is light this morning.  It is Monday.  Traffic is always light on Monday.  I recognized almost everyone I saw on my way to work. 

Little River is moving slow and low.  Flow is 75 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 165 cfs.  The water temperature was 71 degrees at the swinging bridge in town at 8:15 am.  We have a good chance for rain beginning tomorrow night and continuing through Friday.  I hope that happens.

I don’t expect fishing to be great in the Smokies.  You will be able to catch trout.  Going up to the higher elevations will be a good idea.  It will be much cooler up there.  The water is low everywhere for the time so you should concentrate your efforts on the faster water.  The trout are hiding there.  Dry flies will be easier to fish or at least see in the faster water.  Try anything yellow.  I would use a small #16 Yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis.  Or, I might use a beetle pattern with some sort of orange or chartreuse added to it so I could see it.  Black beetles are hard for me to see in riffles.  A Green Weenie will work too.  They may be better than anything you could use.  I would weight mine with a #6 split shot and might use an indicator a few inches to about 2 feet up from the fly.

Smallmouth fishing in lower Little River has been tough according to local guides.  The low water makes navigation with a canoe or raft very difficult.  You are going to get stuck on rocks in a boat.  Wading is your best bet there right now. 

At 11:30 I will be meeting with the National Board of Trout Unlimited.  They are holding a board meeting in Townsend at Dancing Bear Lodge.  Steve Moore who runs the fisheries department at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and I will discuss how this partnership began and how extremely successful it has been.  The Little River Chapter was born in 1992.  Bill Gwinn asked me to organize it back then.  We were chartered in 1993 and I served as President for the first 2 ½ years.  Those were great times.  We had a clearly defined mission from day one, to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s fisheries program.

We held our first Troutfest meeting yesterday afternoon at Laurel Valley Country Club.  It was a great one.  We decided to make some changes in management.  After three years of being the coordinator or chairman of the event I turned that over to Bill Gwinn.  He did not know that was coming.  Bill is the man who was our State Chairman of Trout Unlimited in the early 90’s.  He’s the guy who called me to organize the Little River Chapter.  He is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army and ran the ROTC department at the University of Tennessee as his last mission before retiring.  I am so excited about working under Bill again.  What a great leader he is.  He is actually in the Clinch River Chapter of TU.  Several of our committee members come from that chapter.

Sarah Weeks who is the Director of Development of Friends of the Smokies will be in charge of the fly tying at Troutfest.  She has worked on marketing for the event for three years.  Sarah took over the fly tyers at the last minute this year.  She is very smart and organized.  She is also a member of the Clinch River Chapter.

Michael Bryant is new to the Troutfest Committee.  He was in charge of a fly fishing show in the Cincinnati area for 10 years.  He will be handling the vendors for Troutfest. 

New members to the Committee are Cindie Cornelius, Ashley Pfeiffer and Josh Pfeiffer.  They will work with Rufus King and others on the Troutfest Auction.

So, that brings our committee to 25 active members.  I will step down from the Chairman, Vendors and Fly Tyers to concentrate on our Marketing Sub-Committee.

Everyone else on the Committee will remain in place.  We are blessed with a very smart and motivated group of people and together we have done a great job with Troutfest.

So, we’re on our way again.  I am very pumped about the future of Troutfest and I intend to do a better job on the committee now that I’m not involved in too many aspects of it.  Our whole group shares my excitement.

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

Byron Begley
June 13, 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
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Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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