Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is muggy and wet in Townsend this morning.  The temperature outside is 62 degrees.  Traffic is light as you would expect on a Wednesday in November.  The mountains are in clear view from this window in my office.  The only fog I can see hovers above the path of Little River from the Park as it meanders through town.  Living in a “river town” is a rewarding experience. 

The river looks great this morning.  I could tell right away at the swinging bridge that the level was up about 6 inches since yesterday.  It has rained off an on all night.  There is more to come.  We may see more than 2 inches before this huge front moves through.  Strong wind and thunderstorms could precede this cold front. 

I would be on Little River, in the Park, right now if I could.  Conditions are perfect so far today.  The water temperature was 57 degrees at the bridge.  Flow is 352 cubic feet per second compared to median flow of 135 cfs for this date.  The sun is blocked by clouds.  Brown trout are spawning.  They are still wary, but not like they usually are.  You will see them out in the open. 

Fishing is excellent.  The few anglers that know this is the time are taking every opportunity to fish in the Park.  Most are local fishermen.  Most are very experienced.  Browns are not the only target right now.  This warm water is kicking every trout’s metabolism into high gear.  This won’t last forever.  Right now is the time.

I would use large nymphs or maybe streamers for the browns.  Small mayfly dry fly imitations will work for everything else.  Or smaller nymphs should produce good catches under these conditions. Whatever you choose to use or wherever you intend to fish, keep an eye on the water levels.  Don’t veer too far from your truck and end up on the wrong side of the river.  And watch out for the wind. 

After work yesterday I attended a reception for Mike Morton who is running for re-election as our property assessor.  Mike is a nice guy who grew up in Townsend.  His father was the principle at the old Townsend School.  I talked to Kenny Myers, another friend who told me his dad was the football coach during that time.  It is a well-accepted fact that Townsend produced a lot of smart people who went on to become leaders, educators and business innovators.  A lot of athletes grew up here as well. Evidently, these Townsend boys were great football players.  They were tough and knew how to work hard.  The high school is gone, merged into the County school system.  The building still remains and it is beautiful.  We use it for City Hall now. 

After Mike’s reception I attended the City Council meeting and ended up being the last speaker.  I got home at 9:00 last night.  It was a long day.

Buzz and Dick will be here in a few minutes.  We will start on a project to develop a fly tying book for the Clinch River Chapter of TU.  It will be used in their excellent fly tying class in January.  Buzz will tie, Dick will take the photos and I will assemble the pages.  We have 9 patterns.  I think it will take two days.  It might go faster.  I have a macro and a full size photography studio in this office.  The macro set has a digital SLR, a white backdrop and three small flash units.  After each tying step, Buzz will hand the vice to Dick to take the photograph.  I’ll be crunching away on the computer.  I think this will be a lot of fun and I will learn how to tie many new patterns THAT WORK!

The Clinch River Chapter fly tying class is a compilation of not only great flies but an assembly of super fly tyers.  The classes are held at night in January and February.  We always donate the materials.  This class is a big deal.  It is always full.  Go to the Clinch River Chapter website for details.  CLICK HERE.

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

Byron Begley
November 16, 2011 

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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