Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  If you are a fly fisherman, and you probably are, this is one beautiful morning in Townsend.  A low density fog is covering the valley floor.  The Smoky Mountains are partially blurred by the fog.  It is partly cloudy, the air is clear (except for the fog) and everything is wet.  We have had over ½” of rain in the past 24 hours.  That adds up to over 1” in two days.

At the swinging bridge I could hear hundreds of birds singing.  The trees were full of them.  They were not starlings.  Evidently some other species is passing through.  They were small and their song was beautiful but very loud. 

Little River looks perfect, as good as it can be.  The water is clear, the temperature is 60 degrees and the flow is Spring-like.  Right now Little River is flowing at 214 cubic feet per second. Median flow for this date is 71 cfs.

You are going to find excellent fishing conditions in the Smokies this weekend.  This is as good as it has been in a long time.  The Fall colors are spectacular.  The leaves are starting to drop though and it is supposed to be windy today.  Plan on catching some drifting leaves today.  This weekend is going to be sunny and warm during the days.  At night the temperature will drop into the low 40’s.  This is awesome.

You might do best with nymphs at times.  Bill fished the Middle Prong earlier this week and had a great day.  He caught lot of trout after switching to a nymph.  They were not hitting dry flies.  Later in the day he started getting top water action.  So, based on that, I would start with a nymph and tie on a dry fly later.  I think Bill said he was using a pink Green Weenie but I may have his story mixed up with someone else’s.  I hear a lot of fish stories in a week. 

For a dry I would use a Orange Stimulator, Yellow Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Blue Wing Olive or Parachute Adams.  A nymph could be a Green Weenie, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Tellico, Prince or Hare’s Ear.  A Copper John might be perfect.  Pinch on some weight if the fly does not have enough and dredge the bottom, varying the depth as needed. 

I am betting the smallmouth fishing downstream on Little River will be excellent.  This higher flow will really help.  The water temperature is perfect.  Those bronze backs should be on the prowl.  Josh and I caught quite a few on Wednesday, some on poppers and others on a Tequeely.  Those fish were active and mean.

I am expecting a lot of anglers to be out on the water this weekend.  I wish I could be one of them. 

Today I am going to be an electricians helper.  Dan Longo will be here at 9:00 and we are running power to some new track lights in the wader and luggage departments.  Lighting is extremely important in a fly shop and that’s why you are seeing more lighting in here.  Or, probably you didn’t notice.  But you are noticing what I’m lighting.  The numbers bear that out.

We held our monthly Planning Commission meeting last night and Lisa Stewart was not there.  I know why.  She runs the Appalachian Bear Rescue near our house but hidden from the public.  She has 22 little bears right now.  She is trying to nurse them back to health to be released into the wild.

We have had plenty of bear problems in town and in the valley nearby where we live.  They are hungry and leaving the Park to find food.  And though the nuts are dropping there are not enough to go around.  On top of that, we have more bears than usual.  Lots of cubs were born this Spring.  Lisa has her hands full and she is one of the hardest working people I know.  You can read the story in today’s Daily Times by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
October 14, 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 October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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