Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

UPDATE 5:01 PM - Fishing is excellent in the Park. Lots of friends and customers are coming in and reporting remarkable catches. Two buddies said they caught over 50 trout on Abrams Creek yesterday. Others are saying "it is as good as it gets today".

Conditions are perfect.

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cold and foggy in Townsend this morning.  The temperature is 34 degrees.  The restaurants had plenty of cars in their parking lots even at 7:30 am.  There must be lots of people staying in Townsned, waiting for the sun to rise so viewing the mountains can begin.  This will probably be the last busy weekend for a long time in our town.  The mountains are beautiful right now.  But this is about it.

Fishing conditions are good.  The water is going to be cool in the higher elevations.  The water temperature in town was 50 degrees this morning.  Flow is perfect.  Right now, Little River is flowing at 136 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 75 cfs.

Some anglers are reporting good catches and other are not.  That is usual though.  When the Park has this many visitors, who knows who was in the water just before you were.  Some people may be fishing with dry flies when nymphs would work better. 

I would use nymphs early then maybe switch to dry flies later today.  Watch for big trout.  They are out during the day.  If you want to land one of those you better have some stout tippet and be willing to chase them down the river.  I would use non-bead head nymphs right now.  Those bright beads do add some sparkle to your flies and small rainbows love them.  But if I were trying to catch a larger brown trout, I would not use a bead head fly.  Pinch on some split shot or even better, tie the flies with plenty of weight.  Or, use a fly with a dark bead.  You will probably need to get your flies down.

The smallmouth bass fishermen are not talking or they are not fishing.  I think the smallie fishing in the rivers that drain the Park would be excellent.  I did not go this week so I don’t know. 

I’m doing everything I can right now to keep the store stocked.  Right now it is a full time job.  I am ordering from some of our companies every week.  After today and tomorrow morning, the orders will be electronically sent out again to replace what we sold this week.  The fly tying department will be restocked by the end of next week I hope.  That department is the tough one.  It takes a lot of time. 

Loon brought several new products to the market this Fall and we have them in stock now.  One such product is a new floatant for CDC.  Other include line lubricants, streamside tools and we even have a new ferrule wax. 

The Sage “One” rods are very popular and we are stocking them in weights from 4 to 7 right now.  When people pick one up for the first time they are amazed at how light they feel.  When customers cast one, they are blown away by the ease of the cast and accuracy of these new rods.

Walter Babb just came in.  He and Paula are teaching the last beginner fly fishing school of the year. We had a full class but someone backed out at the last minute. 

Wow! I’m looking at the National Weather Service page for Townsend.  I can’t understand anything I’m seeing.  I just clicked on the bookmark like I do every day.  I believe they have changed their language to Spanish or something similar. 

Anyway, Hoy, soleado Max 65F.  Esta Noche, Escharcha Dispersada Min 37.  Domingo, Manana Escharch Max 69.  Dom. Por la Noche, Medio Nublado Min 42.  Lunes, Soleado Max 75.  Sounds like a good week to fish.

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

Byron Begley
October 22, 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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