Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  We have some clouds in the sky in Townsend this morning but it will be clear soon.  The mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are clear and vivid from here.  This is going to be a beautiful day.  A flock of Canada geese flew overhead on my way to work.  They seemed to be leading me to the river.  They were flying low and it was hard to concentrate on driving.  I found myself watching them. 

Little River is still high but much clearer today.  The water temperature is 58 degrees.  Flow is currently 598 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 84 cfs.  We have had quite a bit of rain lately.  At the Airport, rainfall year to date stands at 36.87 inches through yesterday.  That compares to normal of 39.35 inches.  Last year during this period we had 50.31 inches, much more than normal. 

Fishing is good.  Nymphs are working best.  Ethan fished yesterday and said fishing was good.  He had to be very careful wading.  Little River has dropped since then but the current is still strong.  Be careful.  I would suggest larger, more visible nymphs like a Prince, Girdle Bug, Copper John or a large stonefly pattern.  You might drop a smaller nymph off the larger one.  The big nymph might get their attention then they may eat the smaller one.  That happens a lot. 

Paula and I plan to fish one of the lakes tomorrow.  We won’t go too early, it’s going to be cold.  The high tomorrow will be in the low 60’s.  The weather this weekend is going to be perfect.  It is going to be nice.

We surpassed over 1 million visitors to our website for the year sometime yesterday.  Since January 1st we have had 1,000,260 people open our website.  You are only counted once each day.  If you visit twice in the 24 hour period the software knows you have been here before on that day and won’t count you again.  Some people visit here every day, some probably once a week and some only once and never return.  We should end the year at about 1.2 million visitors.  I’m kind of amazed at that.

We are starting our Free Fly Tying Demonstrations on Saturdays again.  All you have to do is show up.  Our fly tying demonstrators will be active between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. 

On Saturday November 6th Walter Babb and Caleb Abramson will be tying.  Most of you know Walter or have at least heard of him.  He grew up fishing in the Smokies and Tellico area.  He has been tying flies for over 50 years.  Walter teaches our fly tying classes.  Caleb is studying to be a fisheries biologist and works part time for the Fisheries Department at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Caleb is also a guide.

On Saturday November 13th, Brian Courtney and Hugh Hartsell will be tying.  Brian is an excellent fly tyer.  He also teaches our fly tying classes with Walter.  Hugh is a guide specializing in the Smokies, South Holston and Holston Rivers.  He has a fly business and sells some unusual but very effective flies.  He is always willing to share what works for him. 

So there are the first two Saturdays for you. 

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

Byron Begley
October 28, 201

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