Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy in Townsend this morning and 40 degrees at 8:15 am.  Our town is busy.  Tourists and local people are out enjoying the cool temperatures and ideal conditions for fishing, hiking and horseback riding.  The motels, cabin rentals and campgrounds are busy.  It’s Fall.  This is a good time to enjoy Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Little River is in great shape.  I saw a TWRA stocking truck in town day before yesterday dumping rainbow trout into the river.  The flow is currently 115 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 69 cfs.  The water temperature this morning is 53 degrees.  The water temperature may remain in that range or maybe climb a little over the next few days.  Basically, fishing conditions are about perfect.

Nymphs seem to be doing best but trout are taking dry flies too.  I would have the following nymphs in my fly box:  Prince #10, #12, Tellico #12-#14, Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14, #16, Green Weenie #12 or a Hare’s Ear in #12, #14, #16.  Copper Johns in red or copper would also be good to try.  For a dry I would certainly have some Parachute Adams in different sizes, Thunderheads, Yellow Stimulators, Blue Wing Olives and Elk Hair Caddis in orange or yellow would be good to have on hand. 

You may start seeing brown trout moving or just holding in the streams during the day.  As the water temperature drops the trout will be preparing to spawn.  Some of the trout you will see and attempt to catch will be in the 20 inch range or larger.  Serious anglers will be stalking these trout now and continue through January.  This takes patience, extreme stealth and excellent casting. 

I was in a meeting all day yesterday and into the night.  We had a public open meeting with Tennessee Department of Transportation last night and there were individual meetings with TDOT officials during the day.  I was there representing the City residents and business owners.  Everything went well. 

I took a break around noon, picked up a hamburger and drove to the store to eat and type my notes from the meetings.  When I pulled into our parking lot I noticed a Lifestar Helicopter in the field across the street.  Emergency personnel were standing around waiting for an ambulance to deliver a seriously injured man.  He and his two children were horseback riding in the Park.  They were waiting to cross a road when two Park Service gravel trucks drove by.  Evidently his horse spooked and both were hit by one of the trucks.  You can read the story HERE in the Daily Times.  The horse ended up dying.  This was awful.

We are going to have some beautiful days ahead.  There is no chance for rain until Sunday.  Highs will be in the 70’s with lows in the 40’s at night.  Wow, what a great week this is.  Fishing is good, the streams look great and it is comfortable outside.  If I didn’t live here already, I would be here now.

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

Byron Begley
October 6, 2010

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