Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and cool in Townsend this morning.  Fog hovers over Little River as it winds from the Park through town.  Traffic was light on my 10 minute commute to work.  I noticed something funny this morning.  There are two restaurants next to each other on the left before I make my turn to the river.  One has a sign that reads, “Bikers Welcome”.  There were no motorcycles in their parking lot.  However, the restaurant next door makes no mention of bikers on their signage.  Their parking lot was loaded with motorcycles.  The restaurant was packed.  I guess the bikers who rode them were in the restaurant.  Maybe the first restaurant should change their banner to read, “Motorcycles Welcome” or take the banner down.  Something is wrong. 

Little River is flowing at normal right now. Flow is 75 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 70 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 61 degrees at 7:45 am. 

We are experiencing normal temperatures, finally.  The highs for the next ten days are expected to be in the 70’s.  Lows will be in the 50’s. 

Fishing is pretty good.  Though the river flows are at normal they are still low and that requires you to adapt.  Stealth is of utmost importance.  Trout are taking dry flies and nymphs.  But you have to fish in the deeper runs and riffles or where a riffle enters a pool and the water is choppy.  Sunshine won’t be much of an issue for the next few days.  Neither will the moon.  It is going to be mostly cloudy.  We have rain in the forecast almost every day though some days that chance is low.

For a dry fly I would use a Yellow Sally, Yellow Stimulator, Parachute Adams or Elk Hair Caddis.  I would pick a dry fly on the small side, maybe a #16.  For a nymph I would use a Green Weenie or Pheasant Tail.  More important now is to get the fly in the right place, drifting with the current and avoid spooking the trout.

We closed last night at 6:00.  I drove up to the West Prong to fish for a few minutes.  It takes me 10 minutes to get to my favorite West Prong spot.  Since I wear boot foot waders I can be ready in a minute.  I keep my rods lined up and ready to go.  

It happened again.  Night before last I did the same thing in the river through town.  I was working my way to a favorite spot and a lady stepped out of the woods onto the rock I was hoping to drift a fly by.  She started bait fishing right there. 

Last night was similar.  Two young college age girls walked out on the rocks over the small waterfall and took pictures of each other with flash.  They were standing right over the area I knew had the most potential to catch a trout.  I had a Green Weenie tied on and I did manage to catch one small rainbow.  After 30 minutes of fishing, I packed it up and headed home.

It’s hard to make things happen when you only plan to fish for 30 to 45 minutes.  I’m looking forward to Wednesday.  I’m going to fish all day.

We are going to have perfect fishing weather for a while.  The water flows are normal for this time of year.  The temperature is normal.  The time will change next month and I’m planning to take advantage of every evening fishing opportunity until it does. 

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

Byron Begley
September 17, 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 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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