Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  This report is going to be late.  I’ve been getting a lot of calls this morning.  Some were good, some were not so good.  It was very foggy early and 39 degrees when I came to work.  Little River has dropped some but not much.  The flow is still strong.  It looks very good to me.  I wish I could go fishing today.

The flow is currently 340 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date based on 45 years is 130 cfs.  The water temperature was 46 degrees.  Brown trout are spawning and I guess the brook trout are too.  Tim Doyle and Caleb Abramson came by yesterday after fishing and said they spotted some redds and several nice browns.  I asked them if they saw the 30 incher.  They did not. 

Mack Brown called me this morning from Bryson City.  The browns are hot over there too.  Mack asked to help with Troutfest.  He gives excellent casting presentations.  He also said Kelly Gallup spent a week with him.  They caught some nice trout.  Daniel gave me a printout from Smoky Mountain Troutfitters’s Facebook page.  Grizzly Cates said he caught some big browns on the South Holston.  It’s that time of year.  Fishing is very good right now. 

The Troutfest Marketing committee is hot.  There are six of us and I can barely keep up with what the other members are doing.  They are moving fast.  I am too.  I’ve spent 25 hours on the Troutfest website this week.  I’ve still got a ways to go.  We keep track of our volunteer hours to get matching funds for the Park.  Neil Smith designed a new Troutfest sticker.  It is awesome.  I think we will get about 200 printed and die cut to start.  I bet we sell a thousand of them.  I don’t know what the price will be yet.  We will probably find out today. 

People are already buying ads in the Troutfest Journal.  This is Neil’s brainchild.  Joe Rentz is working on the Troutfest Facebook page.  He will do a great job with that.  Our new Marketing guru is Michael Turbyville.  His specialty and degree is in public relations.  Sarah Weeks from Friends of the Smokies and I will do the rest of the advertising like we have in the past with help from other volunteers.  I think we are having a marketing meeting on Sunday.  I’m not certain yet.  Tom Rosenbauer at Orvis will be helping us with marketing too.  So, a lot more people are going to find out about Troutfest 2011 than ever before. 

I got some very sad news this morning.  Fred Forster passed away.  I know many of you live in other parts of the country or world and never heard of him, but Fred’s passing is an awful loss for me and many other people.  I served under Fred for several years on the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.  I had so much respect and admiration for that guy.  He is one of my mentors.

Fred was a natural born leader.  For instance, he retired from the Air Force as a Major General.  When I first met him he was a Lt. Colonel.  I remember well when he got his first star.  Under his leadership I mustered the courage to stand up in crowds and discuss important issues.  When we were in the process of buying the 10 acres next to the visitors center, Fred, Herb Handly and I attended lots of County Commission meetings.  Fred never got up and spoke.  Herb and I had to do that.  Fred always had input and support for us.  He said he worked better at 20,000 feet. Of course, Fred flew big airplanes at one time in his career.

I don’t know anything yet about his funeral service.  I don’t think there is a building in our county large enough for all of his friends to gather in.  I know one thing, I’m going to miss Fred. Tennessee lost one fine American today.   

Please come by the shop tomorrow and watch Buzz Buffington and Gary Troutman tie flies.  This will be one great show and it’s free.  They will be tying from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

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

Byron Begley
November 19, 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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