Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is warm and muggy this morning.  Down at the swinging bridge the water level in Little River has dropped like a rock.  But, we do have some rain in the forecast for several days.  That will be in the form of scattered or isolated thunderstorms.  I’m not sure what the difference is.  I’m just quoting the weather forecast.  The water temperature was 76 degrees this morning.

Flow is 74 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal is 144 cfs.  The river rises, and the river falls.  I guess they all do. 

If you go fishing, go early and high in the mountains where the water is cooler.  Fishing is fine up there.  Dry flies, nymphs or a combination of both are working.  You’ll catch mostly rainbows and brook trout up there.  I would start out with a yellow Elk Hair Caddis and drop a Green Weenie off of that.  Lots of other flies will work including terrestrials. 

It’s going to get cooler.  I like looking at the Weather Channel website.  They think it is going to be cooler than what is reported by the National Weather Service.  For instance, The Weather Channel says the high will be 82 degrees on Thursday.  The National Weather Service website thinks it will be 90.  I’m picking 82.  Both agree there is a good chance for rain.

We had our first Troutfest 2011 meeting yesterday at the Laurel Valley Golf Course restaurant and pro shop.  They have two meeting rooms there.  It was a “killer” meeting.  We made a lot of important decisions and added 5 new members to the steering committee.  I asked these five guys to join us because they each have unique professional talents that we need.  This is going to pay off “Big Time”!

Neil Smith gave a presentation on printing a Troutfest Journal.  This will be a full color “slick” magazine with articles and stories about the Park, fishing, interesting people, Troutfest and other topics.  We’ll sell ads in various sizes to large companies and small businesses.  We have the potential with this one Troutfest component, if it is very successful to increase Troutfest’s profit substantially, maybe even double.  Three of our new Steering Committee members have extensive marketing experience.  We also have a pool of talented writers involved with Troutfest.  It is a huge pool.  Several have even written books. 

That, combined with advertising help from Orvis is going to take our event to a new level.  This year our net profit from Troutfest was around $32,000.  We got a grant from Trout Unlimited for $7,500.  The Little River Chapter will probably approve a donation to the Park for $45,000.  This amount includes a donation to the Fisheries Scholarship Fund at Friends of the Smokies.  $33,000 will probably go directly to the Park.  The Chapter board will vote on that this month.

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

Byron Begley
August 16, 2010

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