Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy but some sun is poking through in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  Traffic was very light on the streets when I came to work.  It rained almost all night.  We got almost an inch at the shop.  We are expecting more rain today and tonight. 

Little River is fairly high and a little murky in town.  The flow is currently 500 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 133 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:45 was 51 degrees.  You should be careful wading in the Park.  The water is still rising and we may see it peak higher than what it is right now.  It is going to be windy today so watch out for that.  Limbs will be falling from the trees.

This will be a great day to fish in the Smokies depending on where you are.  Higher water and a little color makes spotting big trout more difficult but they can’t see you as well either.  I would use nymphs today.  A large dark Girdle Bug with another nymph following it might work.  Put some weight on the pair above the first nymph.  Get them down.  Watch for trout.  Don’t just wade in and start fishing.  At this time of year you can see browns out in the open so be looking for them.  They are there.

Egg patterns are working for the average size rainbows and browns.  Brookies are taking nymphs and dry flies.  Getting to Sams Creek might be tough today due to the high water.  This is a good time to be out there.

After the rain and thunder pass through this morning we’ll see sunny skies for the most part over the next few says.  Temperatures at night will drop into the 30’s.  Highs will be in the high 50’s and 60’s.

The City Commission meets tonight.  I’ll be there to report on our TDOT problem.  Google “Townsend TDOT” to find out more.  We are holding a Town Hall meeting next Monday.  I will be the facilitator at that meeting.  Our town faces many new challenges and opportunities right now.  I consider this time to be a turning point.  There are some serious decisions to be made.

I feel confident we’ll get through this and be better for it.

I am working on updating the Troutfest website.  Yesterday I looked at each photo submitted by the three professional photographers who were working at the event this year.  There are some really good shots.  I’ll but some in the slide shows and use others for banners.  Jack and I met yesterday and discussed how to re-arrange the grounds to accommodate more vendors.  We sold out our vendor space this year and almost every one of them say they are coming back next year.

Well I’m glad I checked my e-mail just now.  I got a confirmation from Bill Reed, Sales Manager at Orvis.  Tom Rosenbauer will be at Troutfest 2011.  This is huge news.  I’ve been waiting for this news.  You can read his BIOGRAPHY BY CLICKING HERE.  I first met Tom in 2004 and we’ve talked a few times since.  His accomplishments to fly fishing are really amazing and the more you read about them the more you will know why this is great news for Troutfest. 

A lot of people have asked me over the years, “who will take Lefty and Joe Humphrey’s place when they retire?”  “Who will be the new role model?”  I think it will be Tom.  I think he has already written over 10 books.  He is credited with bringing bead head flies to America.  When you add Tom to our lineup of Lefty Kreh, Joe Humphreys, Bob Clouser and plenty of other talented people, Troutfest is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Tom is also the marketing guy at Orvis.  He is in charge of the whole thing from catalogs to the website and everything in between. 

This is great news.  This made my day.

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

Byron Begley
November 16, 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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