Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The Great Smoky Mountains are blocked by a dense fog this morning.  It is a little warmer than it has been but the high today is expected to barely climb above 70 degrees.  We had a brief shower during the night.  Our rain gauge here indicates we got about ¼ inch.  Little River looks good but there are thousands of fallen leaves floating by.  Though the fall colors are at about peak here, many have fallen from the trees. 

Fishing is good.  The water flow is at about normal in Little River.  The discharge amount is 68 cubic feet per below the “Y”.  Median flow for this date is 70 cfs.  The water temperature is a little warmer than it was yesterday at 56 degrees.  This would be an excellent morning to be fishing.  Nymphs have been working very well.  Just about everyone I’ve talked to are catching fish.  Though the water is low compared to Spring, the temperature is about perfect especially later in the day. 

Try typical nymph producers; Prince, Copper John, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear and Tellico.  Later in the day the trout should take dry flies.  I would start with a Orange Stimulator or Orange Elk Hair Caddis.  A beetle is still working.  A Green Weenie should too.  Use light tippet and stay hidden.  The drifting leaves will be a problem.  You will hook some of them too.

Yesterday a few of us hiked up Lynn Camp Prong to photograph the “Handing over of the cash” to the National Park Service.  The money, $45,000 was earned by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and $7,500 was from a National Trout Unlimited grant.  Funding from the Chapter was earned at Troutfest.  As usual, we had a huge 4’ long check for the ceremonial photograph.  Attending were, Dale Ditmanson (Park Superintendent), Jeff Troutman (new Resource Chief), Steve Moore and Matt Kulp (Park Fisheries Biologists), Bill and Sheila Bolinger, Rufus King (President of LRCTU), Herb Handly (Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau) and me.  We had a great time, the hike was beautiful and the photos were taken at the cascade.

I had a City Commission Meeting to attend at 7:00.  When I got there I noticed that Kevin Fitzgerald who is the Assistant Superintendent at the Park was on the agenda.  I didn’t know why.  When Kevin showed up Dale Ditmanson was with him.  The Mayor moved the schedule around so I could give my TDOT report and the Park Service could tell us what they had on their mind.  Dale announced that a new Park Service facility would be built in Townsend next to the Heritage Center.  The money to buy the land (Over $1 Million) is approved.  Congress will have to approve the cost of the building and other improvements.  They hope to begin construction in about a year.

This facility will be built to store archives from four National Parks including Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The artifacts are currently being stored in Oak Ridge.  Having them in Townsend will give the public an opportunity to see these items at the Heritage Center Museum as the pieces will be rotated in and out of the center. 

Dale had a rendering of the structure.  They will be working with us (the Planning Commission) for site plan review and I’m looking forward to that.  We recently approved a new lodge that will be built on the banks of Little River.  Now it appears there will be two really nice facilities under construction and they will both be great additions to our town and local prosperity.

Yesterday was a good day.

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

Byron Begley
October 20, 2010


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