Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  What a beautiful day it’s going to be.  The sun is shining in Townsend, Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains are lit up with colorful trees displaying their fall hue.  Traffic is heavy in town.  Leaf looking is at a high level.  If you want to witness one of the most beautiful times of the year in Great Smoky Mountains National Park you better hurry.  The leaves will be gone before too long.  Then it all turns gray around here. 

Fishing has been good but early in the mornings the water is chilly.  The water temperature in town was 51 degrees earlier.  In the Park it will be cooler than that.  And, the further up you go the cooler the water will be.  The sun will be shining all day though and the trout’s environment will warm up.  They will get hungry.

I would start with nymphs like a Tellico, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince or Copper John.  A Green Weenie might be a good choice.  For a dry it’s hard to beat a small Stimulator, Orange Elk Hair Caddis, Neversink Caddis or Parachute Adams.  Try the dry flies later today after the water warms.

The flow is about normal.  Currently Little River is flowing at 75 cubic feet per second in Townsend.  Median flow for this date is 63 cfs.  When I say “normal” I am referring to normal for this time of year.  75 cfs is fairly low water.  So, you need to use caution when approaching the water so you don’t spook the trout.

It sounds like the smallmouth bass are feeding well in Little River.  Ethan lost a big one last night after work.  It nailed his popper.  He thinks it went about 3 pounds.  I’ve seen photos of a 6 pounder that was caught in the river further downstream from town. 

I heard one yesterday that was hard to believe.  The customer who told me was certainly credible.  He heard it first hand from the victim.  First, the incident happened in a backcountry campsite on Hazel Creek and I think it was the same weekend that one of my friends was camping there.  My friend told me about bear problems they were having over there.  Evidently, unless the story was made up by the victim, he was dragged out of his tent, in his sleeping bag by a bear during the night.  It gets better.  He was sleeping with a handgun.  He was able to fire a shot in the air that scared the bear off.  And I guess when he reported it to a ranger, he was ticketed for discharging a firearm in the Park.

I’m not taking sides on this one.  And, maybe it is not true.  Maybe it is.  If a bear was dragging me out of the tent and I had a pistol I’d shoot it in the air too.  And, maybe if I was a ranger I would have to ticket the fellow who fired the shot.  This sure makes an interesting story.

I know the news media reads this report.  I got an e-mail from a newspaper yesterday.  Television stations read this report too.  Why?  If there is something going on in Townsend or the Park you can read about it here.  Maybe someone should check this out.

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

Byron Begley
October 17, 2010

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