Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 63 degrees this morning.  I does not feel like mid-November.  It looks like it though.  The wind is blowing leaves.  Those that have been hanging on will most like fall today.  This looks like a fishing day to me. 

Little River looked great this morning.  I drove slowly by, looking for the bald eagle that has become a Townsend resident.  I didn’t see him.  But that river is perfect.  The flow is currently 153 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 150 cfs.  And listen to this.  The water temperature is 50.2 degrees.  Wow!

The trout will be very active.  I’ve been gone for a few days and have not heard any fishing stories lately.  I know the fishing is excellent.  I have some orders on my desk to be sent today.  One is an order chocked full of blue wing olive patterns.  There is a good reason for that.  They are working.  A small Parachute Adams will work as well, maybe.  I’d probably use a real blue wing olive pattern and there are many. 

Nymphs should work well too.  If the trout are not looking up today, they will be looking down.  They are going to be looking at something.  The water temperature is good and it is overcast. 

I would not be at all surprised if the smallmouth bass are active in the river.  I wish I could go but I’ll be working here for a while.  Hopefully I can get off on Wednesday.

We are going to get some rain.  The chance is 90% today and 100% tonight.  When the odds are as stated, it usually rains.

I read this morning, yet another article about the efforts to restore the American Chestnut tree.  You can read it on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE.  These huge trees were once abundant here.  A fungus from China is blamed for their demise.  By crossing the American Chestnut with the fungus resistant Chinese trees researchers are hoping to re-establish one that is close to our original.  Unfortunately for me, trees take longer to mature than brook trout.  I’m 61 years old.  Thankfully I am able to see the fruits of our efforts and fundraising for the brook trout restoration project.

My plan, if I can get off, is to spend Thursday hiking along Lynn Camp Prong.  That beautiful stream, approximately 9 miles of excellent trout water has been re-established as a mid-elevation Southern Appalachian brook trout stream.  I think Ronnie is going to hike with me.  The leaves are gone for the most part so we can see more water.  The water will be cool and clearer than it was this Summer.  I’m looking forward to that.

Well, me and six of my seven best friends spent 4 days at the deer camp in Kentucky.  We had a ball.  Only 3 of the 7 of us hunted.  I elected not to hunt.  We ate, drank, laughed and recounted our past together.  Some of us have been best friends for 56 years. 

Deer hunting was slow.  It was warm.  But, those guys have taken some massive deer at the camp.  Becker has a 12 point rack in the cabin.  He shot that one 3 years ago.  Frank has a 10 point rack hanging on the same wall.  He shot that deer 2 years ago.  We ate venison and wild turkey among other great meals.  We ate well.  I don’t know when I’ve had so much fun.

The cabin is situated on about 200 acres that Frank owns.  It is in the middle of nowhere. The cost to get electricity to the cabin would be cost prohibitive so we don’t have that.  But Frank has a large bank of batteries, several canisters of propane, a generator, water tanks on the hill and a wood stove.  We have two hot showers and a view to kill for. Some of the guys are excellent cooks. I am one of the dish washers.  It was a great week.  I guess I won’t go back until the Spring turkey hunt.

I’m going to spend the next two months updating our website with all the new products.  I’m starting with Fishpond today.  The new Fishpond gear arrived while I was gone and it looks great.

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

Byron Begley
November 12, 2012


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