Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a very foggy and cool Sunday morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  I can’t see the Great Smokies from my window.  I can’t even see Trillium Cove Shopping Village.  I dropped my thermometer into Little River to check the temperature.  Several minnows swam over to see what was going on.  A heron on the other bank was giving me the evil eye.  I gave him one back.  That is one bird species I’ve had a bad relationship with for a long time.  Several of them kept pecking the big trout in the creek that runs through our property.  We had 20" + rainbows with their eyes pecked out. I even talked to a TWRA wildlife expert about the problem.  He gave me lots of suggestions and the last of them was to issue a kill permit.  I did not opt for that.  Those birds are just trying to make a living.  I don’t like them just the same. And I can tell they don't like me.

Little River is flowing at 63 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 87 cfs.  The water temperature in town at the swinging bridge was 63 degrees earlier.

Fishing was pretty good yesterday morning.  Then one thing happened that ended all the fun.  The sun came out.  Most anglers reported catches described as hand over fist until that moment when the clouds moved out.  The sun shined bright on the low water and those trout were seeking cover and worrying about predators instead of munching down insects.  I talked to a couple of guys who stuck with it for a few more hours.  They came in and asked “what was wrong”.  I told them it was the sun.  They decided to go back to their cabin and take a nap until the evening then go fishing again.  That was a prudent decision. 

Trout are taking dry flies and nymphs.  You will find stretches of un-productive water between the good riffles and pocket water on some of the streams.  The East Prong from Metcalf Bottoms to and above Elkmont is where I would go.  I would fish a dry fly.  There were a couple of nice browns caught yesterday on dries.  Today is going to be sunny.  I would fish early and late.  It is a little after 8:00 am right now.  You should be out there in the fog. 

Traffic is light right now but you should have been here yesterday.  We had the Nawger Nob Craft Show, Old Timers Day, the Fall Festival and the Heritage Center Country Fair going on all at once.  Tens of thousands of people were here.  Traffic was backed up at one point for about a mile.  Three police officers were on duty with a 4th clocking in at 4:00 pm.

I followed Frank, one of our fine police officers on a back road when I returned from a errand.  Some bikers were parked under the big trees in front of the wedding chapel.  He pulled in and I pulled in next to him.  He told the bikers “If you are here to get married I’ll perform the ceremony for $20”.  Steve, who with his wife Janice own the chapel, the Lily Barn and Miss Lily’s restaurant came out of Miss Lily’s to see what was going on.  He had a big smile on his face.  He knew Frank was up to something.  Everybody likes Frank and he’s always giving someone a hard time in a humorous way.  Frank is good for tourism.  He is good for all of us.  Ronnie, the Chief is too.  If someone needs to get chased down, cuffed, hauled to jail or shot at, these guys can do it.  On the other hand, they are just good guys who enjoy being part of our small tight-knit community and keeping the peace.

It looks like we’ll get some rain tomorrow.  We could use some more.

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

Byron Begley
September 25, 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
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