Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is overcast and cold in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The sun is trying to poke through the clouds and at times today it will.  Traffic is light.  I probably saw around ten cars and trucks on my way to work.  I pulled up at the swinging bridge stretching over the Little River and walked down to take the temperature.  The water is clear and the flow is higher than normal.  Normal for this date is 251 cubic feet per second.  Today it is flowing at 406 cfs. 

Jack, Ethan, Stan and others were fishing on Little River yesterday in the Park.  The water is cold and the fishing was rather slow.  This morning the water temperature is 40 degrees again.  It seems to be stuck there each morning.  It will warm up a little during the day though.  At this point in time, waiting until mid-day is a good idea, especially when there is cloud cover but warmer temperatures or even better, warm rain.

Most anglers are using nymphs and streamers.  But like yesterday, even with some of the Smokies best anglers on the water, fishing is tough.  Spotting browns and trying to make them eat your fly without spooking the fish is not easy.  It takes patience and skill.

I can see the larger mountains now from my desk.  They just came into view.

We have quite a few holiday visitors here.  This is a great place to spend the holidays.  Even if the fishing is not great, hiking is.  Hiking in the winter when there is very little foliage to block your view can be a very rewarding experience.  The absence of people makes it even better. 

Everyone is talking about the predicted snow that should begin here tomorrow night.  There is a possibility of significant snow accumulation Christmas Day and through Monday.  We will be open tomorrow between 9:00 am and noon.  We do that every year.  We are not busy.  Paula and I run the store and everyone else gets the day off.  Friends stop by and a few travelers doing some last minute shopping will drop in.  But, for the most part it’s just a fun 3 hours spending what I like to do most, talking to people.

To many Townsend business people this is a time to relax and wait for Spring.  We know what’s coming in January and February, hardly anyone.  For us it’s a time to plan, improve, re-design the website, keep the fly tying materials in stock and get ready for March.  It is a time for fly tying classes and free fly tying demonstrations.  We watch the cash dwindle and hope we don’t have winter weather that continues into March or worse than that, floods.  We wait for the water temperature to hit 50 degrees.  That’s when the action starts and the Quill Gordon mayflies hatch.  That can be as early as February or as late as mid-March.

So, after New Year’s Day we will all be working hard getting prepared for Spring.  And it will be here before we know it.

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

Byron Begley
December 23, 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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