Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was foggy earlier and 48 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee.  Traffic on the streets is heavy.  We’ve got a lot of visitors staying in our town.  Last night traffic on the highway was constant on the inbound lane from Maryville.  The Fall Festival there has certainly helped draw in more tourists.  The leaves are turning in the valley.  What we are seeing now is yellow.  I don’t know what’s going on up high in the Smokies.  I hope to get up there next week and find out.  It’s fall and we are always busy in our town during that time until the end of the first week in November.

It doesn’t feel like Fall during the day.  We are going to experience highs in the low 80’s for a few days.  Lows at night will be in the 40’s and 50’s.  It will cool off later in the week.

We are busy here today.  I took a break and helped some customers.

Flow in Little River is just about normal for this time of year.  Today the flow is 85 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 74 cfs.  The water temperature in town is 51 degrees.  That will warm up some today.

Fishing is very good.  Nymphs or dries will work but I would probably start with subsurface flies.  Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Tellico and Hare’s Ear patterns will do fine.  You might want to use smaller nymphs.  For dry flies I would pick a beetle, Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis or a small Stimulator.

I got an interesting e-mail from Powell Partridge yesterday.  This is important to anyone living in Tennessee.  Please read this.  I think it is very important.

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

Byron Begley
October 9, 2010

Please vote yes on right to hunt and fish

Subject: FW: Hunting/fishing issue on the November ballot

We need to spread the word on this, it is one of the issues that people will scratch their heads about when they go to vote because they have not heard a about it. Please send this to everyone on your email list of voters...

On November 2, 2010 we will go to the polls to elect a new governor in Tennessee . On that same ballot will be the right to vote for an Amendment to the Tennessee Constitution allowing for the right of Tennesseans to hunt and fish. Even though we have been hunting and fishing in Tennessee as long as I have been alive, it is not a guaranteed right. With the amendment, it will make it much more difficult for anti hunting and fishing folks to challenge the right. In the last election for a Tennessee Governor, 1,900,000 votes were cast. In order to pass the amendment fifty (50%) plus one votes must be cast as a YES vote. If this election follows the pattern of the last election, we will need 950,001 votes. There are not enough registered voters who hunt and fish to pass this amendment by ourselves. Therefore, we need to make sure our spouses and our friends know to vote YES for the Amendment to the state constitution.

I have talked to several folks about this and they have said "but we already have the right to hunt and fish". Yes we do but the animal rights folks (PETA) are very well funded and they are passionate about stopping hunting and fishing. If we stand by and do nothing, there very well may come a day when we no longer have these rights. Fourteen states have already passed an amendment to hunt and fish. Tennessee , Arkansas and South Carolina will vote for the amendment in November.Please, don't take your rights for granted. Send this email to everyone who believes we should have the right to hunt and fish. If you want to know more about this issue, go to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Web site at to get more information.


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