Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cold in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  There is frost everywhere and it is thick.  I saw Frank our dedicated police officer checking drivers for speeding using radar.  I waved as I drove by doing 5 mph under the speed limit.  He waved back.  Little River is back to normal flow.  But we have rain in the forecast for a couple of days starting tomorrow night.  The river will be flowing higher again.  Right now the air is clear and you can see the Great Smoky Mountains vividly. 

The water temperature in Little River is 41 degrees in town.  Just a few days ago it was 52 degrees.  The flow is 237 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 245 cfs. 

The cold water will slow the fishing down some.  Post spawn browns will be hungry and the water temperature doesn’t matter much to them.  The rainbows will be less active.  Most people who know say a trout’s need for food stops at 40 degrees.  Their metabolism slows and they don’t need as much to eat.  Still, this is going to be a beautiful day and the water will warm up some.  I’d go fishing anyway.

Nymphs will work best.  Fish them weighted and bumping along the bottom.  Try a Prince, Copper John, Hare’s Ear or Pheasant Tail.  If you spot a big brown that is not on a nest toss a nymph by them.  Don’t let them see you. 

Some of our friends are camping at Elkmont.  They will be catching trout.  Even in the worst conditions they figure it out. 

I guess it is official now.  The Park Service is going to stop trying to control the elk and let them roam freely.  The elk have adapted to the Smokies and the herd is growing.  There is an article in Daily Times about the elk.  You can read it by CLICKING HERE.

It’s just a matter of time before these huge animals move into Cades Cove and beyond.  I hope to see them at our house at some point.  When they do inhabit the Cove, tourism here is going to boom.  Right now the herd, which started in the Cataloochee Valley has re-established themselves in a smaller herd near Cherokee, North Carolina.  Cades Cove offers similar habitat to Cataloochee but the fields are much larger. 

Cataloochee is isolated and hard to get to but visitors drive the long narrow roads to visit that valley and watch the elk.  Cades Cove is much more accessible.  Bears and maybe an occasional mountain lion do kill the elk calves.  But the elk have adapted and more calves are born in the forest than before.  There, they are less likely to be found by predators. 

I'm looking forward to the elk living here.  By the way, something big opened our dumpster last night.  I have seen bears in town a couple of times but our dumpster has never been raided like they are in Gatlinburg.  They call the bears “Dumpster Divers” over there.  We do see bears at our house. Nothing on the inside of the dumpster was disturbed. There probably wasn't any food in there.

Enjoy your day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
November 28, 201


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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