Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is warm and muggy this morning.  Some rain fell last night in the area.  It missed our house but the parking lot at the shop is wet.  Traffic in town is somewhat heavy.  I probably saw 30+ vehicles on my way to work.  But, for the most part our town is quiet.  I had lunch yesterday with some folks from the Blount Partnership and the restaurant was lacking in customers and this is normally a busy restaurant. 

Little River looks great.  Flow is slow but quite a bit more than normal for late June.  Water is moving through town at the rate of 139 cubic feet per second.  Normal is 113 cfs.  The water spiked up a little last night but it has peaked.  There is a large area of rain and thunderstorms bearing down on us from the West.  If it doesn’t break up we’ll get some more rain starting in about an hour.  That’s OK.  We could use some more.

Fishing is good.  A local 12 year old was in here yesterday with his mother.  He was showing her a rod he wants to own.  He had just caught a 3 pound smallmouth out of the river.  He and mom were both excited.  I don’t really know this family but the kids come in here all the time.  They pull up on their bicycles and examine everything in the shop, piece by piece.  One of the guys here tied some flies for them and also gave them a fly box.  Mom said it was time her oldest son watched “A River Runs Through It”.  I brought my DVD in today to loan her. 

I would use Yellow Stimulators or other Yellow Sally stonefly patterns.  Other flies will work fine but the yellow ones are doing better.  I would also try a Green Weenie if the stones don’t work well.  You might want to drown the weenie with a piece of split shot.  In the evenings I would certainly use the Yellow Sally pattern.

I’m hearing all kinds of stories about fishing in the lakes.  I’m going Thursday with Rufus.  Apparently the big stripers up to 40 pounds are seeking cooler water below dams. So, Thursday we’ll be below one of the dams in the cooler water with big streamers and sinking lines.  There are some local anglers who are catching herring the using them for bait to catch the stripers.  I’m expecting crowds no matter which tailwater we choose.  We’ll be in our boat early.  It’s going to get hot on Thursday.  I don’t know how long we’ll stay out there blind casting with heavy fly rods.  

It looks like the wet weather will end after today then come back on Monday.  Tuesday and Wednesday look to be wet next week unless the forecast changes. 

On Sunday a group of tubers had to be rescued.  They wiped out in a rapid and got stuck on the bank on the other side of the road.  The volunteer fire department and police department brought in the swift water rescue team and pulled the family out.  Here’s the article in the Daily Times CLICK HERE.

This happens all the time.  I hope the fire department gets reimbursed for these rescues. I think they do.   The call that came into 911 said that one of the people was not breathing.  That turned out not to be true.   On Sunday the flow peaked at about 200 cfs, which was only about 3.6 inches in depth above normal.  Normal this time of year is low.

Today I’m attending a reception for Herb Handly at the Chamber of Commerce in Maryville.  Herb, who runs the Convention and Visitors Bureau for our County is retiring.  The board room will be packed with a lot of people I know.  This will be fun.

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

Byron Begley
June 28, 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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