Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  When I left the house this morning it was 39 degrees.  The Great Smoky Mountains Institute report the temperature has dropped to 36 degrees one hour later.  Dark clouds hover above, but the mountains are clearly in view.  The taller hills appear to have snow on them.  Traffic is light in town. 

We are under a winter weather advisory according to the National Weather Service.  We got some rain last night, .5” here and .79” at the Institute.  Little River is slightly higher than yesterday morning.  Flow is currently 307 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 259 cfs.  The water temperature is 41 degrees.  That won’t last long.

We may miss the bullet on this major snowstorm gripping much of the U.S.  But we have a 60% chance for snow today, 80% tonight and 60% tomorrow.  They say we may get ½” today and 1” to 3” tomorrow.  That is down here in the valley.  The mountains could get from 10” to 18” of snow before this front moves through.  Then it is going to be bitter cold.  The high tomorrow here is supposed to be 24 degrees.  The low tomorrow night may dip to 13 degrees and down to 12 degrees Tuesday night.  This is not good news for the angler or anyone else except maybe for fly tyers.  This is excellent fly tying weather. 

Right now would be a good time to be fishing in Little River.  We have perfect conditions for brown trout fishing.  But, you are taking a risk of slick roads and probable road closings. Let’s change that “probable” to “certainty”.  I just checked. Highway 441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee is closed.  Little River Road is closed.  The Cades Cove Loop Road will have a delayed opening today due to downed trees.  Other roads are closed in the Park.  More may close later.  Tie flies, clean your fly lines, get your gear in order and watch fly fishing videos.  Or, spend the day working in a fly shop.

We are planning to hold a Troutfest Marketing Committee meeting here this afternoon.  I’m not sure that will happen.  I hope it does, we need to get together.  So, guys and gals, call me before you drive over here.  We can get together next week if today does not work out.  I’m flexible and most of you are too.

No matter what happens I’m going to be at the Tennessee Department of Transportation regional office in Knoxville tomorrow morning.  Pat, our City Mayor and I are meeting with the Regional Director, Steve Borden.  I have a two page list of questions and Pat has his.  Steve is a nice guy to work with and I’m looking forward to the meeting.  The press and local talk has indicated that we are working against the Department of Transportation.  That is not true at all.  We are working with them.  I’ve been doing damage control since Thanksgiving.  I have asked Steve to attend a Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting in early January.  Our County Mayor is on that board.  I hope to show that we are all getting along and not working against each other. When I give my report and having Steve there, it will dispel any rumors to the contrary.  I have already talked to the County Mayor about this.

Well, I guess we’ll weather the storm and fill mail orders for the next few days.  Without our mail order business I don’t know how we would make it through these rough weather times.  Gift Cards are selling like crazy.  Most of them have been sold online or customers call us.  We mail the cards out to people every day.  We almost ran out of them.  We have an expedited shipment of 500 cards arriving tomorrow.

Here it comes. It just started snowing.  

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

Byron Begley
December 12, 2010


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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

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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