Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful morning in Townsend.  The sun is shining and the flora is green and lush thanks to the rain we’ve had.  Even early, our town looked busy.  Finally, the tourists came for their summer vacations.  I watched a storm moving our way very early this morning or radar.  Before it hit Townsend the storm split, one part going to the south and the other half to the north.  Sevier County was hit and at the time 6:15 am they were under a flash flood watch.  I don’t know what happened there.  If they got a lot of rain, Elkmont could have too.

Little River is flowing at 185 cubic feet per second.  Median low for this date is 135 cfs.  More rain could arrive this week but the chances are low at this point in the forecasts.  We may see the river rise today or maybe it won’t.

Fishing is good, especially in the mid to upper elevations.  Water flow is good and the water temperature is not too high depending on where you go.  I would pick Elkmont or Upper Middle Prong of the Little River.  Or, I would drive up and fish the tributaries or the West Prong of the Little Pigeon.  Late in the evenings or early in the mornings will be best as long as we have sunshine.  I would still use light colored mayflies or yellow stonefly patterns for a dry fly.  Terrestrials will work too.  Don’t forget your Green Weenies.

I called Herb at the Visitor’s Center very early this morning.  He called me back at 8:15 am.  We are working on a permanent or semi permanent date for Troutfest.  We were leaning toward the last weekend in April.  Yesterday, I found out the Fly Fishing Federation Southeastern Festival had been moved to that same weekend.  Anthony Hipps and I have been exchanging e-mails. 

At 10:00 Rufus King (Chapter President) , Bill Guinn (Troutfest Chairman) and I are meeting with Bryan Daniels who oversees the Visitors Bureau and other members of the Blount Partnership.  Open dates are hard to find.  Conflicts are numerous, and many have to do with fly fishing. 

I don’t want to have anything to do with hurting any of the festivals or Troutfest.  I don’t know what will happen today.  Our big local conflict is the Highland Games on the 3rd weekend in May.  We can’t hold Troutfest at the Visitors Center on the first weekend of May.  The second weekend is Mothers Day.  Troutfest is an outdoor event.  Moving it closer to June would increase the chances of a hot festival.  Other big local events are on other weekends in April and May.

I better run to Maryville for the meeting.  I’ll keep you posted on Troutfest.

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

Byron Begley
June 24, 2011

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