Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It has been raining much of the night and this morning in Townsend.  Our gauge indicated almost an inch fell in the past 24 hours.  Leaves are everywhere.  My truck had a thick coat of them on the hood and top.  My favorite parking spot is in the dense forest in front of our house.  Traffic was almost non-existent this morning.  Our town is quiet.  Even Frank was not parked in his usual spot.  He likes to park in one of the bank parking lots early to catch people speeding.  He’s good at it.

This is a gloomy day but it is perfect for fishing.  There were a lot of leaves in the water today.  The flow is rising and currently it is at 179 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 107 cfs.  The water was pretty clear in town.  I could tell when I took the water temperature the river was up a little from yesterday.  The water temperature was 53 degrees at 8:30 am.

“Big fish” hunters were out yesterday.  I talked to a couple of them.  One fellow came in and told Bill he had an encounter with a big brown.  The fish looked closely at his nymph twice but didn’t eat.  He told Bill everything he did.  Bill said he did everything right. 

It is important to watch the stream instead of wading in and start casting.  Find the fish, devise a plan, take it slow, move into position and make your cast. 

Ethan fished yesterday.  He saw one good brown but it wasn’t huge.  He said fishing was decent.  He was using nymphs. 

The next few days should be awesome.  You will need to stay off the high elevation streams tomorrow and Saturday morning.  The National Weather Service is saying you could encounter ice and snow up high.  From three to six inches of snow was mentioned in the text of the forecast. I can tell you for a fact, that driving down the mountain from Newfound Gap to Sugarlands Center in six inches of snow is not a good experience.  I’ve done it and I don’t what to do it again.

It is going to get very cold.  We’ll see lows in the 20’s and highs in the 40’s and colder than that in the mountains.  I’m not complaining.  After the hot summer we had, I won’t complain about the cold.  I hope it is cold late next week.  I’m going deer hunting for two days.  I like a cold crisp day when I go hunting.  Our next bear and boar hunt is the first weekend in December.  Last year on that hunt we had rain, sleet and snow falling on us one of the days.  It was kind of a miserable day to be out but we had a great hunt.  None of us shot anything.  It was still a great hunt.

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

Byron Begley
November 4, 2010

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