Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy this morning.  Fog was thick at our house but thinner in Townsend.  Traffic is fairly heavy for a weekday.  I did not see anyone fishing in the river earlier.  I stopped at the swinging bridge and took the water temperature as usual.  The river looked very nice and peaceful. 

Flow is 117 cubic feet per second this morning.  Median flow for this date is 131 cfs.  The water temperature was 72 degrees at 7:40 am.  It will get much warmer today and so will the water.  We do have a 30% chance for rain today and 60% tomorrow.  It is going to cool off too.  This weekend should be nice.  The high tomorrow is supposed to be 82 degrees with a low of 67.  Now that is more like it!

Fishing is fine in the Park.  This year has been really good.  The water levels have maintained close to normal with occasional ups and downs.  Even with the extreme heat we have had, the water temperature has been tolerable to the trout.  Every year, the trees grow taller and fuller.  Every year the water temperature will be lower due to more shade in the mountains.  Most of the trees in the park are young. Eighty years ago they were saplings. 

Try fishing the higher elevations or in the backcountry.  The main prongs of Little River will be infested with swimmers and tubers during the day.  Early and late would be best for fishing those larger rivers along the roads. 

Terrestrials and Yellow Sally stoneflies are working.  Green Weenies will do well.  But your best fishing will be early and late.  It will be more comfortable then too.

The lakes are warm.  The smallmouth bass are either feeding at night or deep below the surface.  Largemouth bass are more comfortable in warmer water so you might find them within your fly line range.  Stripers and white bass are feeding on the surface.  This must be a good year for threadfin shad.  Lot’s of these forage fish die when the water temperature reaches 40 degrees or below and that happened often during this past winter.  Some of them must make it or they would completely die off.  I’ve heard that skipjack herring are plentiful this year and people are catching large stripers in the 50 pound range using them for bait.  I can’t tie or cast a fly that large. 

We are holding our monthly planning commission meeting tonight at 6:00 pm.  It looks like we have three new business items to review.  One is a revised subdivision plat that we have seen before.  Another is a proposed subdivision with existing cabins.  We’ve seen that one too.  And the third is a proposed new building for Tri-County Portables. 

We have a good group of people serving on the Planning Commission.  I joined for a one-year term at the Mayor’s request.  Now, almost two years later, I am Chairman.  I don’t know how that happened.  I do enjoy working with these folks.  We are all friends. 

Our State Planner is a good guy and does an excellent job.  His department of Economic & Community Development was not funded in the new Tennessee Budget.  Tonight will be his last time to work with us as an employee of the State.  I’m hoping we can hire him part time.  He would have to work for other small towns to make a living.  He has a masters degree in planning.  It is essential that we have someone like him working with us to be functional.    Maybe we’ll get the news tonight.

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

Byron Begley
July 14, 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 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
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