Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is cold!  The temperature was 17 degrees when I drove to work.  My truck strained a little this morning when I started it.  I noticed the west side of Rich Mountain and Scott Mountain were white this morning.  We can see those mountains from our house. That is nice to see.  There were not many critters out.  It’s too cold for them.

It is cold in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, colder than here.  The weather stations there have not reported overnight lows yet.  I’ll bet the temperature was in single digits or on the minus side at Mount Leconte and Newfound Gap.  The low at Mount Leconte was -1 degrees Tuesday night. 

Little River is cold too.  The water temperature was 33 degrees in town at 8:30 am.  Everything sticking out of the water was covered with ice.  The water is crystal clear.  Cold water holds dissolved oxygen well and not dissolved solids.  That is why colder water is clearer than warm water.

I think fishing will be slow until the water warms up.  The weather predicators say it will warm up later this week and rain this weekend.  You can still catch trout and large post spawn browns but they are going to be lethargic in this cold water.  If you go fishing be careful.  Don’t fall in.  Nymphs and streamers will work best. 

Some of the tailwaters are fishing extremely well, particularly the South Holston.  I’ve seen pictures of some very large browns that have been caught there this past week.  I saw a photo of a 27” brown yesterday.

I would imagine the Clinch and Holston are fishing well too.  December was always my favorite month to fish the Caney Fork back when I lived in Nashville.  The brown trout were active and they probably are now.

I have four meetings involving volunteer work over the next five days.  Tomorrow night is a City Planning Commission meeting.  We are going to start planning for street lighting.  If anyone has a few million dollars laying around that you don’t want, the City could use it.  We have a planned Laurel Lake meeting on Friday.  On Sunday our Troutfest Marketing Committee is meeting.  We’ve got a lot on our plate right now on the marketing side of Troutfest.  Pat, our Mayor and I are meeting with the Department of Transportation on Monday at their regional office in Knoxville. There is a lot of stuff going on and coming from all directions.

I’m trying to figure out how to place video on our website without using YouTube or other video sites.  What I want to do is store video on our server and have a window pop up with the click of a visitor’s mouse.  So, if you know how to do this please let me know.  I’ve read the code from other sites but still have not figured it out. 

Our website visitation just keeps growing.  Yesterday we had over 4,200 unique visitors.  I’m still amazed at that.  I didn’t expect this site to get that much attention.

Saturday will be a good day to be here.  Rob Fightmaster is tying flies for you to watch.  His demonstration will be good, they always are.  He will begin at 10:00 am and tie until 2:00.  It’s Free.  Just come on by.

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

Byron Begley
December 8, 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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