Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and 54 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The air is clear and void of any fog which seems unusual.  My view of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is vivid.  The mountains look larger than life.  I am at home this morning.  I’m taking a day off, finally.  And I’m writing this report from here.  I did drive to the river.  I’m not too surprised at what I found.  The water temperature was 49 degrees at the swinging bridge.

Little River looked good too.  Flow is 311 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 257 cfs.  The water is clear.

Yesterday the high temperature was 66 degrees in town.  Today should be the same.  There were a lot of anglers in the shop and fishing in the Park.  We were very busy at the shop.  Joey, our UPS guy made several trips to his truck carrying tackle to be shipped for Christmas presents.  Gift Cards are taken to the post office next door every day.  Business is good. 

But what was really unusual about yesterday were the number of anglers in the shop.  It was due to the weather mostly and the fact that the TVA dams are spilling water.  That makes it tough for the wading angler to fish the tailwaters.  Here, the water is great.  All the conditions are excellent for fly fishing for trout.

Today, it may be even better.  If trout are not biting today it is because they are confused.  They are looking at each other and saying, “Is this December?”  It is and it is unusual.  The skies are partly cloudy now and more cloud cover will move in later.  The water is warm now and it will get warmer.  The water levels are perfect.  Everything is right.  There is only one problem.  Wind might be an issue later today.

I think you will do well using nymphs, dries or a combination of both.  You may need to experiment and change your tactics as the day progresses.  Take a rain jacket.  You might need it this afternoon.

Today my fly choices would be:  Tellico Nymph, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Blue Wing Olive dry fly or maybe a midge dry fly.

Get ready for the rain.  I should begin late today and end tomorrow night.  Right now the front does not seem to have a lot of moisture.  It is definitely moving toward us.  I don’t think it will miss.  But, unless it builds up some steam the rainfall won’t be too heavy.  I hope that is the case.  We really don’t need any more rain right now.

I’m going to tie some Chartreuse Knuckleheads today.  We will be selling these next Spring.  I have 5 dozen Black Knuckleheads sitting next to me and I need to take them to the shop.  They will be sold in a Smallmouth Fly Selection in the store and online.  Walt Carey will be making a white popper to be included.  There will be Stealth Bombers (Kent Edmond’s version), Stillwater Bombers and other flies.  Using our website, I intend to make our customers from here and to the North of us aware of the potential they have near their home to catch smallmouth bass using a fly rod.  I just don’t think many people realize how much fun it is. 

Well, I’m going to start cutting foam bodies.

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

Byron Begley
December 15, 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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