Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and very dark in Townsend this morning.  I left home for work at 7:30 am.  I could see but it was dark.  These days are getting shorter.  At the swinging bridge I stopped to take the water temperature.  When I returned to the truck Frank was there.  He is one of our police officers.  We talked for at least 1/2 hour.  We laughed a lot too.  People don’t know what these police officers go through, especially during the Summer. 

We are going to see some rain almost every day until Saturday.  Highs will be in the 70’s.  Lows will be in the 40’s to 50’s after tonight.  It is going to be a warm night in the low 60’s.

Little River is getting a little lower.  Flow is currently 65 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 73 cfs.  Hopefully we’ll get the rain and the water levels will rise.  That would help the fishing.  Fishing has been good this year.  Even during the hot months (and they were hot), most of the time we had good water levels.  August was pretty tough though.  The water was low and the heat was unbearable. 

If the water levels stay where they are a dry fly will work well.  Fishing is pretty good.  Light tippets and stealth are important, especially right now.  I would use a Elk Hair Caddis, Neversink Caddis, small Parachute Adams or other gray mayfly pattern and Yellow Sally dries are still working.  For a subsurface fly I would pick a Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail.

If the streams rise, switch to a nymph or streamer. 

The fog is lifting and the mountains are coming into view.  The overcast skies will remain until Saturday.  We’ve got great fishing conditions due to the lack of sun during the day.  I plan to fish in the Park after work if it’s not storming or pouring. 

I thought I had to give a presentation to the City Council tonight but that has been postponed.  My topic will be on the October agenda instead.  The topic is “improving our town’s prosperity”.  It has been a tough year in our town.  A lot of businesses are hurting.  And I don’t see it getting better until we become more pro-active as a City and build a relationship with the Blount Partnership, which includes the Industrial Development Board, the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce.  I think we need to form a Business Development Committee and a Tourism Committee.  We have a lot of talented people living in Tuckaleechee Cove.  We should tap into that volunteer pool.  Many of those people are retired and have the time to share their skills.  We’ve got to do something.

I hear our folks coming in downstairs.  It’s opening time.

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

Byron Begley
September 20, 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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