Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is dark and cold, 25 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I’m suffering from a terrible head cold.  I’ll be working from home today so as not to spread it around.  I am guessing the water temperature is 38 degrees. 

Flow in Little River is currently 505 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 282 cfs.  Needless to say, there is plenty of water.  Our weather is going to improve on Monday with a high in the low 50’s.  This weekend is going to be cold, lows in the 20’s and highs in the 40’s.  There is a chance for snow tonight. 

The Fishing Gauge at the top of this page was heading down to “Slow”.  Then, yesterday afternoon, Jack came in.  After a meeting in Townsend he drove up to the Park to fish for a few minutes.  On his third cast he hooked and landed a brown trout over 20”.  He even had a photo of it on his phone.  The he caught a big rainbow.  The picture of it looked to be a 14” fish.  So now, the Fishing Gauge is pointing between “Good” and “Slow”.

Use nymphs and get them deep, ticking along the bottom.  I don’t know what else to say.   

Remember, Jack is the best fisherman I know.  I would have probably come back with nothing but a worse cold.  Jack and I have fly fished together for everything from tarpon to bluegill and just about every place you can think of.  He always catches a lot more fish than I do.  That does not bother me at all.  I love to watch that guy fish.  Jack said he planned to be in the shop today watching Walter Babb tie flies.

Walter is another master fly fisherman and good friend.  I always thought of Walter as a trout fisherman.  But one day we were fishing on the lake near here and I was amazed at his casting skills and how close to the bank he could place a fly, cast after cast.  He fishes with bamboo rods exclusively.  He makes his own and sells his beautiful rods. 

Walter will be tying today at the shop starting at 10:00 am through 2:00 pm.  This is a free demonstration, just come by and grab a chair.  I expect a crowd.  Watching Walter tie is like watching a talking machine.  And, listen to what he says.  Take notes.  You will also hear funny stories but take note of the fishing dialog.  You will learn a lot about tying and fly fishing.  Walter and Brian Courtney teach our fly tying classes. He also teaches beginner fly fishing classes here. Walter is a great guy.  We have been working and fishing together for 17 years. I am sorry I won’t be there today.

We are hosting Free Fly Tying Demonstrations every Saturday through February.  On Sunday January 29th, David Knapp will be tying.  Also, Dave Chouinard from Simms will be here in the big motor home/showroom.  He will show you all the new Simms products.  There will be door prizes too.  We will have a drawing for hats and t-shirts every hour. You can see the Demonstration and fly tying class schedule by CLICKING HERE.

I hope to be back at work tomorrow.  Here, I can work on our website which is what I plan to do all day.

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

Byron Begley
January 14, 2011

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