Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a nice morning.  The temperature was 67 degrees when I drove to the river.  That feels good.  I took the water temperature.  It was one degree lower than yesterday at 71 degrees.  That downward trend in water temperature will continue especially after today.  For the next few days the lows at night will be in the 60’s and maybe dropping to 61 degrees on Monday night.  Lows in some areas of the Park have been in the 50’s at night.

Shannon stopped at the swinging bridge this morning to talk to me.  He’s a young guy and one of his businesses is River Rat Tubing.  He and his wife on that, another rafting business on the Pigeon River and the dumpster/port-a-potty business in town.  He said this cool weather is not good for the tubing business.  I told him he had his “tubing weather” this year.  He had to agree.  What we’ll see now is some “fishing weather”.

Little River is low.  Flow is currently at 74 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 145 cfs.  There is rain in the forecast on Saturday and Sunday.  The chance for rain is 60% to 70% on those days.  At 70%, it pretty much happens.

Fishing is good for trout in the Park but you need to be extra-stealthy.  The low water will make the fish spooky.  They will be hiding, especially when the sun is on the water.  There won’t be much sun this weekend so the fishing should improve.  Combine lower temperatures, rain and cloudy conditions and you have a setup for great fishing success in the Park. 

Trout are taking Green Weenies.  I’m hearing that from everyone.  You can also catch them on terrestrial patterns like ants and beetles.  The Yellow Neversink Caddis is working extremely well too.  I think it was Bill that told me he caught two nice browns recently on that fly. 

Fishing for smallmouth bass is good in Little River.  Your best bet is downstream from the active area in town.  They are taking topwater flies.  Try a chartreuse popper, white popper or black Stealth Bomber. 

I love the new “Hippies” waders that Chota just introduced to the market.  Basically they are stockingfoot breathable hip boots.  But there is more to the story.  You can wear them as knee high boots too.  We’ll have them in the shop in a day or two.  I’ll be the first customer to own a pair.  They will sell for $119.95. 

Two Bicyclists Injured in Townsend – Two men from Maryville were injured in a hit-and-run accident yesterday.  You can read the story on the Daily Times Webiste by CLICKING HERE.  Information is sketchy right now. 

In other news, the Townsend Fire Department answered a call to the home owned by Byron and Paula Begley at 5:15 pm yesterday.  This is the second time that has happened in a month.  There was no fire.  The security alarm company summoned the department after being contacted by our alarm. 

Here is the problem.  We have a smoke sensor located in the kitchen.  Paula likes to cook in iron skillets.  The alarm goes off.  She re-sets the system.  Then she calls the alarm company to tell them everything is OK.  The problem is, our phone is tied up by the alarm system so if the alarm goes off again, she can’t call them and they can’t call her.  So they send the fire department.  We have had two service calls from the alarm company since the first incident.  Everything would be OK if we could disarm the system temporarily so the phone could be used.  Why not use the cell phone.  Ours do not work at home. 

We held our city planning commission meeting last night and approved two projects.  One is a home, a very nice home that will be built on the main highway through town.  The second project is a group of rental cabins on the river.  The owner is converting the property to a PUD and will be selling the cabins individually.  There are 7 cabins.  There will be a homeowners association in charge of maintenance and restrictive covenants.  All the land except that which lies under each cabin will be common area to be used by the residents. 

Our town is very quiet.  Customers have been amazed at how peaceful it is right now.  Tourism and Park visitation has been slow this year.  I thought this Staycation (vacation at home or near home) trend would be good for us.  Evidently it is not.  It works for me.  I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.  I think I might go fishing tomorrow before work. 

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

Byron Begley
August 12, 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 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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