Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful cloudy morning in Townsend.  Cloudy days are not always beautiful.  This one is special.  The sky is light gray and puffy darker clouds are hovering over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  A very light but visible fog is following the path of Little River through town.  The temperature is 54 degrees outside.  It feels nice.  Traffic is light.

Little River looks great.  We got over an inch of rain here yesterday but the water level did not rise as much as you might think.  There is plenty of water though so be careful wading.  The water is clear and 56 degrees.  Flow is 445 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 203 cfs. 

Fishing is excellent.  Lynn caught a beautiful brown yesterday in the Park.  I never ask “where or what on” when one of these guys come in and report such a catch.  I saw the picture.  I think he said it was a 24 incher.  It was a male.  Jack was here when Lynn came in.  Both of those guys were out in the parking lot later looking at the interior of fly boxes.  Though both Lynn and Jack have given me some great flies and I have reciprocated, those boxes are closely guarded secrets.  They are probably not something you would open in a fly shop and pass around.  Inside are creations that are unique and productive.

You can use nymphs or dry flies in the Park today depending on what you are fishing for.  The water is warm and you might do well on either.  I would use nymphs though and fish them deep.  Rubber legs are a good addition to any nymph as well as plenty of weight.  Jack and I were in Yellowstone one time during the brown trout spawn on the Madison River.  Jack said at one point, “There are two things these trout understand, rubber and lead”.  He made a believer out of me.

Buzz and Dick will be here at 9:00 to continue designing the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Book.  I think we will be finished by tonight.  It is going well.  Buzz ties, Dick takes the photos and I pull them into the desktop publishing software.  The book will contain about 20 full color and several other black and white pages.

I called Lynn this morning around 8:00 am.  He runs the water department and get to work early.  I heard that they were inspecting backflow prevention devices which some people call backflow preventers.  These devices are necessary in some instances when a building has water stored in a vessel.  During my dry cleaning years in Nashville we had inspections every year or so.  Our boilers required a backflow preventer.  The reason for this device is to eliminate the chance for water contamination.  If a main water line breaks the water line entering a building can become a siphon, pulling contaminated water out of a vessel and into the water system. 

Backflow prevention devices have never been inspected here and some businesses that should have them by law do not.  Lynn said he has been getting lot of calls, some that were not as friendly as mine. 

Our backflow prevention device is huge because we have an 8” water line that supplies our fire prevention sprinkler system.  You have probably seen it if you have been in the shop.  I thought our sprinkler system was so good looking, I wanted it out in the store for everyone, including me to see every day.  My concern though, when the guy comes by to test the device, would could end up with a flooded store should something go wrong.  Lynn assured me these people are bonded, insured and the best in the business.  I’m going to watch anyway, just in case.

Coyotes are eating pets in Townsend and people are upset.  I once had a pack of coyotes follow me at night when I was walking our dogs on a leash.  The animals stayed back about 50 feet, it was dark and I didn’t have a flashlight.  It was a creepy feeling to be followed by a pack of coyotes in the dark.   

Some people are hiring professionals to trap and kill the predators.  The article in the Daily Times CLICK HERE listed three local companies that will help you with a coyote problem.  We keep Dubbing, our cat in the house most of the time.  But we have a pack of the varmints that come around our house frequently, especially at night.  Their yelps and screams can keep you awake.  Dubbing’s tail becomes about twice its normal size when he hears coyotes. 

Apparently some boys in Texas captured a coyote alive.  They placed an explosive device, probably dynamite on the animal using duct tape, lit the fuse and turned it loose.  The poor animal sought refuge under one of their pickup trucks.  Then, as you can imagine the whole event became regretful. 

We’ve got some rain coming and maybe some severe thunderstorms.  We may see heavy rain this afternoon and tomorrow.  Thanksgiving day looks to be very nice.

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

Byron Begley
November 22, 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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