Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast, windy and warm this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  There seem to be more visitors in town.  It is looking a lot like Fall.  Little River was covered with leaves at the slow moving pool below the swinging bridge.  The trees are turning some already.  And later this week it is going to be very cool, in the 40’s at night.  We have an 80% chance for thunderstorms today and tonight according to the National Weather Service.  We need rain in the worst way. 

Little River is flowing at 57 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 78 cfs.  The water temperature was 66 degrees at 7:40 am.

Fishing was good yesterday.  Even with the low water and bright sunshine, people were coming in the shop and talking about good catches of trout in the Smokies.  The low water is making fishing tough.  People seem to be doing better in the East Prong, which is the larger of the three.  Trout are taking dry flies and nymphs.

Lower Little River is fine for wading and casting to smallmouth bass.  The only problem is, the bass are staying out of the shallows during the day.  And, floating is tough right now due to the low water.  Maybe that will change after today if we get the rain that is expected.  A little more water combined with the cool temperatures will improve the fishing in the Smokies. 

I heard a couple of great stories coming from anglers fishing the Clinch River this weekend.  That is good to hear.

Fall spawning and mating are getting started.  More brown trout have been sighted during the day lately.  That will become more the norm in a few weeks.  Nuts are falling off the trees.  We’re all glad about that.  Since the berries were dried up this summer the black bear lost an important food supply, the Summer mast.  Those animals were wandering out of the Park and trying to find food here.  We have had all kinds of bear problems.  The acorns will hopefully get those bears back where they prefer to be, in the Park. 

The elk in the Park are eating acorns too.  They have adapted to other food sources that biologists did not realize they would eat.  They are mating too.  There is a good article about the Elk on the Knoxnews website.  CLICK HERE to read it.  I thought it was very interesting.  I will be glad when that herd expands it’s range to our side of the Park.  Someday, before long we should be spotting an elk at our house.  I’m looking forward to that. 

We had a busy weekend in town.  There were three big events going on and thousands of people were here to enjoy the fun.  And the weather was perfect for a change.  Nawger Knob held a craft show.  That is always a big event.  At the Visitors Center the Fall Festival was going on.  A few thousand people were there.  And at the Heritage Center the Country Fair was held. 

Traffic was overwhelming on Saturday.  We had all four policemen on duty at once.  That never happens. 

Paula had three food entries at the Country Fair.  She entered a coffee cake, tea cake and bacon jam in three categories.  The judges were food experts from the region.  Some were food editors.  There were a lot of entries.  She won the Tea Cake category and came in second with her coffee cake.  So, she came home with a blue ribbon and red ribbon.

You can tell by looking at me that Paula is a excellent cook.  And you can look at her food blog and get the same impression without having to look at me.  CLICK HERE to visit her blog, “The Saucy Southerner”.  Most of our meals are photographed before we get to eat.  You can see her entries and the major awards she won by visiting the Saucy Southerner Facebook page.  CLICK HERE.

I will be meeting with Robert Bryant from Orvis today.  We will probably spend the day together.  I always look forward to being with Robert.  Most of you who attend Troutfest have met him at the Orvis booth. 

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

Byron Begley
September 26, 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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