Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is chilly this morning but that will change soon.  I took the water temperature at the swinging bridge and there were three pickup trucks parked there.  Guys were spread out and fishing for trout.  One of them told me he and his buddy had caught 8.  They were using spinners.  The water temperature was 46 degrees at the time.

Flow is great in the streams.  Little River is flowing at a rate of 287 cubic feet per second which is much higher than the median flow for this date, 139 cfs.  We are in for a warming trend.  Highs will reach near 70 today and exceed that tomorrow and Monday.  Nighttime lows will be warmer too.

Fishing is good and will get better.  A lot of big fish hunters are out looking for large browns.  They are spawning and out in the open during the day where they can be seen.  They are not that easy to catch.  I would not fish for a hen on a redd.  I might toss a fly to a male though.  Remember, Jack sometimes spends an hour getting into position to make his cast to one of these brutes.  Use nymphs.

I’m hearing some excellent fishing reports from the South Holston.  Some include big browns taking dry flies.  John Ross, a Virginia fly fishing writer and Trout Unlimited leader was here yesterday.  He reported good fishing on the South Holston. 

We talked about Trout Unlimited and Troutfest.  He is the Virginia State TU Chairman, or he was.  I think he still is.  TU is planning their Southeast Region meeting in Townsend during Troutfest, like they did last year.  Then, a few weeks later, Trout Unlimited is holding a National board meeting here.  And, they are thinking about holding the annual meeting here in 2012.  I put John in touch with Herb Handly at the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Herb showed me a new weather station that can be accessed online.  It is located at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.  HERE IS THE LINK.  I noticed one difference between their rainfall numbers and those I use from the airport.  Year to date rainfall at the Institute is 43.4”.  The airport is reporting 39.77”.  That’s typical.  The mountains usually get more rain than the valley. 

We have a beginner fly tying school going on today.  Walter and Brian are teaching it.  We also have a Free Fly Tying Demonstration event today.  That starts at 10:00.  Tying today are Buzz Buffington and Gary Troutman.  You should come by and watch these guys.

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

Byron Begley
November 20, 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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