Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and warm in Townsend this morning.  It is Monday so traffic is light as I would expect.  At the river I got a pleasant surprise.  In addition to how well Little River looked, the water temperature was 56 degrees.  This is going to be a warm week, day and night.  We will get some rain today, tomorrow and Wednesday.  I just hope the river is not blown out during the Thanksgiving visit.  A lot of people spend Thanksgiving week here.  Many of them will be camping.  They will enjoy the warm temperatures.  I just hope they can fish!

Flow right now is 319 cubic feet per second. Median flow for this date is 167 cfs.  Actually the water levels are perfect.  I know fishing is going to be good this week unless we have a high water event.

Nymphs have been working, weighted and tumbling along the stream bed.  But the clouds, rain and warm temperatures might make for some good angling for those who prefer to fish with dry flies.  Try Blue Wing Olives or smaller Parachute Adams dry flies.  For nymphs I would use a Tellico, Prince, Pheasant Tail or maybe a large stonefly pattern.  Big rubber legged nymphs might work well too.  They probably will.

Today’s high will be above 70 degrees.  They say tomorrow will be 75 degrees.  The lows will be in the 50’s.  It really does feel like Spring.

After our Troutfest meeting yesterday afternoon I did a little work and locked up to go home.  It was 5:45 and dark.  I walked out the back door and nearly stepped on a snake that was laying on the sidewalk.  I could barely see it but I did just in time and jumped over the varmit.  I walked to the car and grabbed a flashlight then went back to investigate.  It was a copperhead for sure. The snake was small, probably a foot or so long and it was not moving.  It’s head moved a little when I shined the light on it.  I pulled in this morning and the snake was gone.  I looked around in the mulch beds and didn’t see him.

At 9:30 this morning I am meeting with Derek.  I don’t know him or at least I don’t think I do.  He posted on our message board that he needed help writing something for college about people who lived in what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I offered to help him meet some folks.

I only know two people in Townsend who actually lived in Cades Cove.  They were the last two families to leave after the Park was formed.  I know some people who owned cabins at Elkmont.  They had to leave in the early 90’s.  I know some descendents of  people who lived in the mountains before the Park was founded.  Maybe I can put him in touch with the right people.  I hope so.

Our Troutfest meeting went well.  I guess we had twenty or more committee members present.  A lot of them are new.  There was a lot of talent in that room yesterday.  I can see Troutfest is just going to get better every year. 

Our shop will be closed Thanksgiving Day.  We close 4 days a year and that is one of them. We will be open at 9:00 am on Friday.  There won’t be a fishing report on Thursday but you can check the flow by clicking on the Stream Info button.

Today will be a good one to fish.  Try to get out there if you can.

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

Byron Begley
November 21, 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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