Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is chilly but sunny in Townsend this morning.  The air is clear and you can see Great Smoky Mountains National Park very well from here.  Today’s high will be 69 degrees.  Beautiful!

We had a plenty of visitors in town this weekend.  A lot of people took advantage of the nice fall weather and spent it in the mountains.  Traffic is light in town today though.  We’ll see that most of the week.  Then next weekend it should be fairly busy around again.

We have rain in the forecast and much cooler weather coming our way later in the week.  We should see more brown trout out in the open and time goes on.  Little River looks just perfect.  The flow is still higher than normal, 185 cubic feet per second compared to median for this date of 80 cfs.  The water temperature is 50 degrees in town.  There are a lot less leaves in the water and it is fairly clear.

I would start today with nymphs.  My first one would be a Girdle Bug drifted by structure and bouncing along the bottom.  I would be looking for larger brown trout.  I might trail a Prince Nymph off the Girdle Bug.  If you spot a good fish and you probably will today, get into a casting position carefully.  Stay low and move slow.  Make that first cast count.  That’s how I would fish today.  Later, when the water warms you could switch to a dry and that has been working pretty well. 

I don’t know about the lakes.  The mountain lakes have been very clear and the fish are spooky.  We found that out Friday.  Maybe the more fertile lakes would be better.  Try Loudon or the lower end of Tellico. 

Here is a link to an article in the DAILY TIMES about the Town Meeting we held Thursday night.  This was the first of three.  We are taking public comments about how the City and TDOT could settle right-of-way encroachments.  I have the meetings broken down into 5 different components.  We didn’t get through the second one Thursday night because some people don’t understand everything that is going on and there were a lot of questions.  I’m hoping we can cover more at the next meeting in November.  I thought the meeting went well and hopefully those who attended feel the same way.

It’s time to change all the fluids and tune up the boat engine.  I’m going to do that this afternoon.  I was hoping to go fishing on a lake later this week but the weather is not cooperating.  After today the boat will be basically winterized and ready for Spring.  You have to change the oil and oil filter in a four stroke motor.  I like to do that often.  It takes me about 30 minutes.  Then, I’ll drain the lower unit and re-fill it with lubricant.  I ran the fuel out of the motor Friday so I can change the fuel filter without gasoline running all over the place.  All that’s left are the spark plugs.  That doesn’t take much time at all.  Then I’ll wash her up and wait for a nice day when I can get off.

I had a bad experience once with water freezing in a motor’s lower unit.  Somehow water did get in and when it froze it poked a hole in the case.  That was an expensive mistake.  Always drain your lower unit before winter and re-fill it.  I’ve never found water in the lower unit with this motor but it’s only about 18 months old.  You better check yours. 

Get out on the stream today if you can.  It’s going to be a nice day.  Have a good one and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
November 1, 2010

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