Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was 29 degrees in Townsend early this morning.  I noticed last night when I drove home, there was snow on Scott Mountain, one of the peaks you can see from our house.  It was too foggy this morning to see them. It is clear now and you can see forever.  Townsend is quiet.  Traffic is very light.

Little River looks good.  The flow is 189 cubic feet per second compared to median flow of 123 cfs for this date.  The water is very clear.  There is a reason for that.  Cold water does not hold dissolved solids well.  The water temperature in Little River is 42 degrees this morning.  The high today in the valley is supposed to be 57 degrees.  We might see the water temperature rise some.  Fishing would be much better if the water reaches 50 degrees or more.

I would wait and fish this afternoon.  Nymphs will probably work best.  With the good water levels you will find the trout scattered.  You might see some brown trout out in the open as they prepare to spawn.  Normally, those fish are hidden during the day.  Browns are wary so don’t let them see you.  Don’t cast over them either.  That will put them down.

We have a warming trend on the way.  We’ll see highs in the 70’s soon.  Low temperatures at night will be in the low 40’s starting Thursday.  Fishing will only get better. 

Snow on the mountain tops could melt making the stream temperatures lower for a while.  As of yesterday morning Mount Leconte had 9 inches of pure white snow on the ground.  There may be more than that now.  Temperatures up there have been in the teens at night. 

I would still use a Girdle Bug with a Prince Nymph dropper tied to heavy fluorocarbon tippet.  I would be carrying a big net too.  Once the sun hits the water surface you will be able to see the big fish easier but they are going to be spooky.  They don’t like bright sun.  My choice would be to fish late until dark for a day or two.

The Troutfest Committee is meeting today at 2:00 here at the shop.  It’s time to get to work.  All the marketing folks need to be busy now.  We are blessed to have several professional marketing, advertising and public relations people on the Committee. We’ll start signing up volunteers in January so some preparation for that needs to be done, especially on the Troutfest Website.  We all have had a break from Troutfest duties.  That break is over.  Jack and I need to re-design the exposition grounds.  We are planning to add a casting pond and make the entrance to Troutfest in the middle of the back field next to the parking field.  We have drawings on my computer we made last year.  All we’ll have to do is move some tents and vendors around on the computer without measuring that area again.  There are no telling how many times he and I measured that field and parking lot last year.  Our drawing is to scale and we can simply drag a vendor or tent around. 

I bet the Mayor and I will meet today to.  We have some questions for the Department of Transportation and we need to get them in writing.  I’m holding another town meeting in a couple of weeks so we need those questions answered by then.  Many of the encroachments in town have utilities running under or over them.  Lynn from the water department came in to see me the other day to discuss their water line locations.  We also have buried fiber optic lines running through town and electric power, cable TV and phone lines above.  If you want to know more about our dilemma here just Google “Townsend TDOT”.  There you can read the whole story.  It is a complicated one.

If you want to see what the snow looks like in the Smoky Mountains check out the web-cam by CLICKING HERE.  This web-cam is located on Purchase Knob. It looks pretty up there today. It looks cold too.  

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

Byron Begley
November 7, 2010

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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 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. 


Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying


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