Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy this morning in Townsend.  Fog hovers over some of the higher peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Townsend is very quiet.  I saw less traffic this morning than I have in a while.  A large flock of over 18 wild turkeys were standing next to the drive in front of our house when I came to work.  One stood in the road right in front of my truck.  I stopped to look at the birds.  The one in the road was trying to make up his mind which way to run.  She finally decided to join the rest of the flock.  They were all hens.  We saw and heard lot of wild turkeys this week on our deer hunt in Kentucky.  They were hens too. 

Little River looks good.  The water is clear in town and 50 degrees this morning.  The flow is right at normal.  At 142 cubic feet per second, that compares to median flow for this date of 141 cfs.  We have rain in the forecast today through Tuesday night. 

Fishing conditions are perfect.  With overcast skies now and brown trout beginning to spawn you have your best chance to catch one today and tomorrow.  I know some anglers who will be fishing now.  It’s time to catch the big ones.  Well, one of the guys I was thinking about just walked in a gave me four of his best flies.  They look good.

I would use nymphs.  I would probably use Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails and Girdle Bugs.  I doubt if I would use anything else right now except for the nymphs Lynn just gave me.

We had our big buddy boy deer hunting trip this week.  I drove to Kentucky Thursday, Frank and I went grocery shopping and then made the rough drive into his farm.  This drive requires creek crossings but this year the creek is dry.  Central Kentucky is in some sort of a drought.  Brad met us at the farm Thursday afternoon.

I have described the camp before but due to it’s unique setup I have to do it again.  There is a barn and cabin Frank built on his 200 acre hunting farm.  There is no electricity.  Two water tanks on the hill supply water to both the barn and cabin.  Propane heats the water.  We have two showers, one at the cabin and one at the barn.  The cabin has a propane oven and stove, refrigerator and inside gas lights.  The cabin is heated by a wood stove and there are electric lights throughout powered by large batteries. 

Outside the cabin is a flat area where we can sit in chairs next to the fire pit.  We can cook over the open fire or use the charcoal grill.  We use the oven and stove every day.

We have a commode seat, attached to a wood frame that sits over a deep hole a short hike from the cabin.  The mailbox mounted to a post next to the commode holds toilet paper.

What else does a hunter need?  Not much.  We’ve got it all.

Permanent blinds and tree stands are placed in strategic locations around the property.  I hunted in one blind that could hold three people and the floor is about 12 feet off the ground.  I also hunted in a tripod free-standing perch with a revolving chair.  The rail around the platform is padded.  It’s perfect for laying a rifle on and taking aim.  There are also permanent turkey blinds placed around the farm. 

Ronnie Becker showed up Friday morning.  He, Frank and I hunted opening day which was Saturday.  Frank saw some does and one buck.  Neither Becker or I saw any deer that day.  Wayne Parks spent Saturday night with us. 

Yesterday morning Frank shot a nice buck.  I would have the photo here but I left my camera at home.  His antlers had 9 points and a 17” spread.  We weighed him in the barn after it was field dressed.  The weight was exactly 150 pounds.  We spent much of yesterday morning field dressing, washing, skinning and quartering the carcass. 

This was the largest buck Frank has shot.  He was excited and so were we.  He dropped the deer with one shot.  It jumped about 10 feet before it died. 

We had a great hunt and most importantly I got to spend some quality time with some of my best friends.  I live and work for trips like this.  I live and work to fish and hunt, be with Paula and my friends.  In two weeks we’ll go on the second bear and boar hunt of the year. I’m looking forward to that.  I’ll also squeeze in some fishing trips in the Smokies.  This is the time of year for that too.

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

Byron Begley
November 15, 2010


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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