Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny, cold and frosty in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The Great Smoky Mountains are in perfect view thanks to the cold clear air.  The mountains look larger and closer than usual.  Townsend is busy.  I saw a lot of unrecognizable visitors driving on the streets this morning on my way to work. Tourism is alive and well.  A dang coyote howled near our house last night and early this morning.  He finally quit and I drifted back to sleep.  I guess that’s better than hearing cars, trucks and sirens during the night.

Little River is flowing fairly strong and clear.  Flow is currently 258 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 184 cfs.  The water temperature this morning was 46 degrees in town.  Yesterday morning it was 54 degrees.  “It’s cold up in them there mountains”. 

If you fish today you might want to wait until the water warms up a little.  The trout are going to be spooky.  The sun on the water makes them nervous.  The browns that are still spawning won’t care much.  You will probably see some.  They are hard to catch.  I would try a egg pattern drifted below the redds.  The rainbows are most likely lined up waiting for breakfast.  Otherwise, I would use nymphs with some weight.  I would not bother a spawning brown.  If they are finished with their work I would bother the heck out of them.

I’ve been looking at YouTube every chance I get.  I’m trying to find out how the best tying videos are produced.  I took a large tripod with an extension arm home last night.  I’m hoping to figure out a way to film the tying process from my side of the vice.  Everything I saw on YouTube was shot from the other side of the vice and the tyer’s shirt was the background.  Maybe what I want to do is impossible.  I guess I could have the video camera mounted over my shoulder and tie on a table that is tilted.  Or maybe video shot at an angle won’t be so bad.  I don’t know yet.  I didn’t get around to testing it last night.  I did tie a couple of flies though.

There is a fellow on his way from Atlanta this morning to show me something he invented that makes a dry fly permanently un-sinkable.  I believe he is a chemist.  He called a few minutes ago and said he was already in Chattanooga.  I told him I might be meeting with the Mayor and he may have to wait.  We have a lot of City issues to discuss. 

Imagine that, a dry fly that never sinks.  No more Gink, Frogs Fanny or Shimazaki.  We sell hundreds of bottles of that stuff in a year.  We buy Frogs Fanny in 48 bottle orders often.  I hope his concoction sells as well as floatant.  If it doesn’t, I’m in trouble.  We may have to put in a hot dog stand or a T-shirt shop to make ends meet.  If someone comes up with a fly you can’t lose I’m really in trouble.

Necessity is the mother of invention.  “Would you like a soft drink or some fries with that chili-dog?”

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

Byron Begley
November 27, 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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