Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was 24 degrees in Townsend at 8:30 am and snowing like crazy.  I had an inch of snow on my truck at our house.  The roads were covered with the white stuff but they were not slick.  I saw several cars and trucks driving around with no problems.  I checked on the road closing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Highway 441 and the roads to Cataloochee were closed due to ice and snow but most of the others were open.  That might change.  Call 865-436-1200 to get an updated report.

Little River is flowing well and the water is clear, very clear.  Flow is currently 307 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 185 cfs.  The water temperature was 36 degrees in town.

I think fishing will slow down though several anglers have done very well over the past few days.  This cold front will chill the water as it already has.  Even the hungry post spawn browns will get a little lethargic when the water drops below 40 degrees.  It is going to be much colder over the next couple of days.  They say the low tonight will be 15 degrees in the valley.  It will be much colder than that in the higher elevations where our streams are born.  We’ll see the temperatures warm up some by the weekend. 

Fly fishing will be best using nymphs and streamers.  Wait until later in the day when the water is warmer.  Don’t fall in.  The high temperature here will be 31 degrees today and it will be colder in the mountains.  If you get wet that could cause a severely harmful outcome.

It’s nice looking out at the snow and mountains from here. I got a call this morning from a friend who is coming down with a film crew.  They are hoping to capture some snow scenes in Cades Cove.  I told him the road to the Cove was open now but that could change at any time.  He is a professional photographer and author who works for Nikon.

I talked to the company in New York City yesterday.  I’ve been buying equipment from them for years.  I had ordered a video camera but it turned out to be the wrong one after further research.  I ordered the right one, they both arrived the same day and I needed a return authorization to send back the wrong one.  The guy I talked to was nice and helpful. 

After we concluded our business I asked if he had been watching the CNN documentary about the death of John Lennon.  I have been and I can’t believe it has been 30 years since the music died.  I was a huge Lennon fan. 

The guy said he had not been watching the documentary and he didn’t know who John Lennon was.  I said, “He was one of the Beatles and was murdered in NYC.”  He said he doesn’t live in the City he only works there.  I can’t imagine who would not know about John Lennon’s life, music and death.  I wonder if he ever heard of Elvis. 

The snow is coming down hard now.  The mountains are disappearing from my view.  This is great.

Rob Fightmaster is tying at the shop Saturday.  He will be here from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm.  It’s free, all you have to do is show up, sit down, watch and talk.  Rob is a guide ad fly fishing lodge consultant.  He developed the Fly Fishing Program at Blackberry Farm and other lodges.  He is also an excellent writer and he recently wrote an article for Garden and Gun.  I especially like is smallmouth bass and bluegill patterns.  I hope he ties some of those.

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

Byron Begley
December 7, 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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