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April 2013
Fly Shop & Fly Fishing School
106 Town Square Drive
P.O. Box 505
Townsend, Tennessee 37882

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Fishing Report April 9, 2013, Townsend, Tennessee

Well, it’s finally here, Spring that is.  The wonderful time of year when the grey Smoky Mountains begin to turn green and new wildflowers show up every day.  But to us, it means excellent wild trout fishing in the 800+ miles of streams in the National Park or the lowland rivers that flow outward, where we fish for smallmouth bass.

Water levels right now are descending to normal.  The streams have been high this year.  The rivers are also warming.  Yesterday, Little River’s water temperature below the confluence of the three prongs peaked at 57 degrees.  That number will climb this week.

Aquatic insects in the streams are active as are the trout and smallmouth bass.  Fishing will only get better as the days progress.  We are expecting rain on Thursday.  We are hoping that won’t mess things up for us.  So, this is the beginning of the best fishing the Smoky Mountains have to offer, from now through May or June depending on the temperature highs and lows.  Keep an eye on our fishing report by CLICKING HERE.  We write a new one every day.  We’ll keep you posted.

Brack Maupin and Byron Begley circa 1957  

Me and Brack
by Byron Begley

My Dad didn’t care much for fishing.  He loved boats and horses.  But, he always arranged for me to go fishing with friends and guides when I was young. He also took me on fishing trips though that really was not his favorite sport. He did it for me.

Brack Maupin, dad’s friend was a fisherman, a real fisherman.  He talked about fishing all the time.  I don’t remember us talking about anything else but fishing.  I was never bored listening to Brack.  He probably had more to do with my lifetime love of fishing than any other person.

That’s Brack on the left in the photo.  That’s me sitting beside him.  This picture was probably taken in 1956 or 1957 at Lake Cumberland.  That was not long after Wolf Creek Dam was built and formed the 100 mile long lake. When I was 6 years old, Brack started taking me fishing.  One day while fishing with him, I caught a large catfish.  It seemed huge to me.  It probably weighed 5 or 6 pounds.  We kept it alive, brought it home, filled up a wash tub and let it swim around.  All the kids came over to our house to see the big fish I caught.  I will never forget that day.  Brack came out to our farm where he showed me how to fish for bass with a rubber worm in our ponds.  Brack gave me an education in fishing, an opportunity many kids would never have.  We did not fly fish.  I took up that sport on my own in 1962.

He passed away in 2010 at the age of 91. Thanks for the memories Brack.  Thanks for making me what I am, a fisherman.  When I see you again someday, we’ll go fishing.

Man Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains 

Get your start here at our Beginner Fly Fishing School.  We offer reasonably priced 1-day and 2-day classes.  We furnish everything you need including lunch.  We also offer private instruction for groups of up to three anglers.  On day one you will be in a classroom or casting outside on grass.  This is the primer to get you started.  On day two you will be in a stream in the Smokies with professional guides.  If you have always wanted to learn to fly fish you can begin here.  We have been teaching beginners for 15 years.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Dancing Bear Lodge Ad

What are fishermen if not great story tellers? Join Dancing Bear Lodge for a weekend of fly fishing and fellowship in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to hear our stories, those of others, and to make a few of your own. May offers some of the best fishing in our local free stone streams. Follow along with our local guides, share their stories, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Smokies while learning how to fish these majestic small streams. Spend the day chasing the smoky mountain triple crown, fish all three prongs of the little river, or enjoy a day on a guides favorite stretch of water, we can make the weekend what you want. Never fished before? Take the day and learn the sport form the ground up. Enjoy a trout inspired group finale dinner at the lodge and a stream side lunch while out for a day of fishing. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Little River Outfitters Gift Card

Fathers Day Gift Card – OK, maybe it’s too early for Fathers Day. Or, maybe not.  Our gift cards never expire. You can buy them online by CLICKING HERE.  Or you can call us at 877-448-3474 and we’ll send you one.  Or, you can buy them at our store.  Little River Outfitters gift cards can be redeemed in person, over the phone or online.

Mr. Rapidan Trout Fly

Check out our Spring Smoky Mountains fly selection.  We’ve got them in stock and ready to go to you.  We do not charge for ground shipping.  You can order online by CLICKING HERE.      

Byron Begley holding a 5 pound smallmouth bass.  
Smallmouth Bass

We like our smallmouth bass fishing.  Maybe you do too.  If you have not tried it, maybe you should. All you need is a 5, 6 or 7 weight and some flies.

We stock some of the best, tried and true smallmouth bass flies.  You can see our selection on our website. We even have some flies tied specifically for us.  We ship free by ground.

CLICK HERE to visit our Smallmouth Bass Fly Selection.

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