Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy, raining lightly and 51 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic is light.  Most of our visitors have gone home.  They were leaving yesterday in packs.  They will be back in less than a month for Christmas then for the New Year holiday.  I stopped at the river to take the water temperature.  The scene was inviting.  Little River seemed to be whispering “Fish me”. 

Flow is a little stronger than it was yesterday morning.  I noticed right away this morning that the level was up about 4 inches.  The water is clear and 55 degrees.  Flow is 598 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 238 cfs.  So, watch out in the swift water areas.  The current might be a little stronger than  you think. 

This is a good day to go fishing, especially early.  Nymphs might be your best way to start.  Add some weight and get them down.  You also could do well with dry flies.  Try a small Blue Wing Olive or Parachute Adams.  The overcast sky, warmer water and higher flow will be favorable to the angler today.

Rain will eventually move into our area.  The forecast calls for “Heavy Rain”.  Most of the rain yesterday missed us.  Areas to our west got hammered.  We had .4 inches of rain in our gauge this morning.  The airport indicated .68 inches yesterday.  But this front is definitely moving toward us now.  It is going to be windy today.  So later, it might be a good idea to get out of the woods.  Rain is falling fairly heavy right now. 

It is going to get colder this week.  We may have some snow tomorrow night and Wednesday.  By the weekend it will be sunny and somewhat warmer.  The water temperature in Little River and other Smokies streams will drop into the 40’s this week.  That will slow the fishing down.  The one exception is the post-spawn brown trout population.  They will be hungry and the colder water won’t change that.

At a City Council meeting two weeks ago, Steve Filmore asked the City to consider issuing off-premise beer licenses for special events.  He started off his presentation about his interest in beer, especially craft beer made in small breweries.  At one of he and his wife’s businesses, Miss Lily’s Café, he has a dinner meeting one night each month called “Little River Beer Club”.  The event occurs on the third Thursday of the month.  I’m going to put that on my calendar and go.  Steve told me the other day he had over 60 people attend the last meeting.  They drink beer and eat.  Participants learn about beer and enjoy a theme dinner.  Here is a story about the beer club on the “Knox Beer Snobs” website.  CLICK HERE.

Steve’s vision is holding a citywide beer festival with breweries stationed at different motels.  Transportation will be provided from location to location.  Imagine that, a “Beerfest” in Townsend. 

Steve and his wife Janice cater the dinner at the Troutfest banquet.  They do a great job. 

I’m ordering fly tying materials and working on the website today.

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

Byron Begley
November 28, 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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