Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is one of the most beautiful mornings I have had the opportunity to see in Townsend.  The air is clear and the temperature is 34 degrees.  I left home just before sunrise.  There was hardly any traffic.  I saw three cars on the main highway and none on the back streets.  I stopped at the swinging bridge and took the water temperature then drove to the store.  The sky, the dark brown mountains and the puffs of fog following Little River through town look far more than beautiful.  I took a couple of photos with my point and shoot but I bet they won’t do the scene justice.  We’ll see in a minute.

  Beautiful morning in Townsend, Tennessee

This picture turned out pretty good. I took it from the parking lot at the shop. By the time I got upstairs and tried to shoot a photo from my office, the sun was peeking over the mountains. It was too late. Notice the fog lying low behind Trillium Cove. That is the fog I describe often, the fog that follows the river through town in the mornings. It circles around to the left through town and from the right at the Park entrance.

Little River looks perfect.  Flow is 344 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 209 cfs.  The water temperature was 44 degrees at 7:30 am.  This will be a nice warm day and the water will warm up later.

Fishing should be OK.  I would wait until later to go, I think you will see more action then.  Nymphs such as a Tellico, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, egg patterns or a Prince will work.  Get them down.  For a dry fly I would probably use a Blue Wing Olive size #14 through #18.  For some reason the BWO’s are larger this year.  Everyone is talking about that.  You might not get the surface feeding but then again you may. 

If you are in Townsend between 2:00 and 4:00 pm you might be stuck here during that time.  Today is the day we hold our annual Christmas Parade.  If you do get held up here for a couple of hours, take advantage of it.  Our parade is something like you have never seen before.  It is like “going back in time”. 

This year we have over 200 entries.  I think that is a first.  The parade starts at our store.  You can get in and out of the shop parking lot until the parade begins.  After that, you are stuck here with us. 

I’m glad they begin here.  I get to see a lot of friends.  The line extends way back onto Old Highway 73.  I usually walk by the whole line and talk to the participants.  I get to see people I have not seen since the last parade. 

Today the weather is going to be perfect.  That is not always the case.  Either last year or the year before, it started snowing just as the parade began.  The flakes were huge.  It added a lot of spirit to the event.  I was certainly moved by it.  The folks in their vintage cars might have wished for dryer weather.  This parade is a showing of some of the finest vintage automobiles and tractors you will see in our County.  Santa rides in a horse drawn carriage of course.  That’s the way it is done in Townsend, Tennessee.  We are proud of our rural lifestyle.  We wouldn’t have it any other way.  At the end of the parade is the large assembly of ATVs.

I forget how many pounds of candy the City buys for the parade.  But, every kid that watches the parade go by can fill their pockets.  The main highway is lined with people.  They will be reserving their space this morning.  To reserve a space just bring a lawn chair.

This is and has been one of my favorite days of the year and I can’t wait until they start setting up.  Townsend is a great place to live.  The people are wonderful.  The scenery is spectacular.  The fly fishing is excellent.  There is no place on earth like Townsend, Tennessee.

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

Byron Begley
December 4, 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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