Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Welcome to the Fishing Report. When I left home for work it was a little after daybreak.  I had trouble reading my thermometer at the river.  But, it is 8:00 am now and I can see the beautiful Great Smoky Mountians.  It is overcast but the air is very clear.  The colors and sharpness of these hills is a breathtaking event right now. 

Little River looks fine and dandy.  Flow is 165 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 77 cfs.  The rain we had this week did wonders for the fishing conditions.  Flow is perfect.  The water temperature in town was 51 degrees this morning. 

I would be out there right now if I could.  I would be somewhere between Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont watching for the spawning browns.  Some nice big fish have been caught and released this week.  Lynn caught one that looks to be 22” to 24” on his Facebook page.  The cloud cover we have now would be favorable to the angler.  I would imagine he was using his special nymph and 10 pound tippet.  Other photos have been streaming into our Message Board and our e-mail in boxes.  These fish are out there and if you have the patience and skill, you just might catch one.

Fishing for brook trout and rainbows is good too.  This higher water has improved the fishing.  We are going to see some sun for a few days.  I would start with nymphs then switch to dry flies at some point when the water warms.  Patterns would include Blue Wing Olives, yellow or orange Stimulators, Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail or Copper John.

I was off yesterday but didn’t go fishing.  It was windy and I had plenty to do at home.  I rested a lot too.

I am working with other businesses in our town to improve the partnership between us and the City.  Chad and I made a presentation to the City Council Tuesday night.  You can read the article in the Daily Times by CLICKING HERE.  I might add that Iva, the reporter always makes me sound smarter than I really am.

One item we discussed is allowing non-resident landowners like me and Paula vote in City Elections.  I believe this would bring the government closer to the businesses.  Since our town is physically very small, many of us live outside the city but spend most of our waking hours inside the town.  I do.  Our government is small and serving is a part time job.  I’m on the planning commission and am not paid for my work.  City Commissioners are paid $1 per day.  I think our small business owners could assist our volunteer government.  Would allowing non-resident landowners vote in City Elections sway the outcome?  Not likely.  Usually, when someone runs for office they are un-opposed.  Or that’s what I remember from elections in the past.  But I think it would bring us all closer together.

Chad and I made several other proposals that might help businesses get through these tough times and provide prosperity for our Government and our town citizens.  These proposals would also enhance your visit to our town.  The covered bridge is one example.  That project should not have slipped away.  It should be re-visited and built. 

It is going to be a nice weekend.  I imagine traffic will be heavy in the Park.  Most of the visitors will be leaf lookers and view viewers.

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

Byron Begley
October 21, 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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