Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  There is no fog in Townsend this morning.  I know, that’s hard to believe but it is true.  The temperature was 43 degrees when I drove to work.  There are plenty of people in town.  The leaf show is incredible.  Little River looked normal and it is.  Flow is currently 72 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 62 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:30 was 52 degrees in town. 

Fishing is very good.  You will see improvement after the water warms up a bit.  Trout are taking nymphs early and dry flies later in the day.  Here’s a good one for you.  I was talking to Hugh Hartsell in the parking lot this morning.  He is a great guide and very good friend of ours.  He was guiding a couple of young guys at Elkmont two days ago.  They finished up the day and started their drive back home.  Hugh noticed a fellow standing near the river with his rod bent double.  He pulled over.  I’m not going to mention his name but many of you know him.  He is a good friend of mine.  He is an excellent angler.  No, it was not Jack.  Hugh said he was fighting the largest brown trout he had ever seen in the Park.  The estimated length was 30”.  They got a good look at it.  Eventually, the fly popped out of the trout’s mouth.  It was over.  The memory will last forever. 

There are 30” brown trout living in Little River.  They are hard to hook and also difficult to land.  Jack has caught them up to 28 inches.  He has seen 30” trout.  The angler who had this monster on may come forward and tell his story.  Until then, I’m keeping all the details to myself.  Soon, we will see these brown trout out during the day as they prepare to spawn.

Hugh Hartsell is going to be tying at the shop on Saturday November 13 between 10:00 and 2:00.  It’s free, just come by and watch.  You will learn a lot.

A normal Smokies nymph selection should work.  That would include Prince, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Tellico, Green Weenie and Copper John.  Orange Stimulators and Orange Elk Hair Caddis will do for the dry fly.  Other flies will work too. 

The Townsend Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday December 5th.  If you can, you should be here.  It is like going back in time.  The parade will assemble on the street in front of our shop.  You will see floats, bands, tons of people and kids on horses, old tractors, a large group of people driving 4 wheelers, antique cars, the Shriners will have those little cars running around, it is just something to see.  People come from everywhere to watch this parade.  I was asked by the City yesterday to arrange for a location to unload horses.  I sent an e-mail to Herb at the Visitors Center to see if we could use his parking lots.

There were dogs everywhere in town yesterday.  I kept looking out from the second floor and seeing people walking their pooches.  After I finished the fishing report I went downstairs.  There were people and their dogs on the front porch and in the shop.  We had water bowls on the front porch.  When someone came in our store they got some kind of sticker I think.  I just saw our staff handing stuff out to the dog owners.  What’s going on?

It was an event, held in town to benefit the Blount County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals called Paws to the Pavement. I did not know about it. One man had a beagle.  I asked him if he rabbit hunted.  Now that I know, maybe that was not an appropriate question.  He didn’t seem to mind though.  HERE IS A LINK to a short story and photo in the Daily Times.  I guess we were some kind of sponsor. I love dogs and got to meet plenty of them yesterday.  One was 16 years old.  

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

Byron Begley
October 18, 2010 


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