Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is 22 degrees this morning.  I don’t care what the weather websites say, it is 22 degrees.  I started my work day as usual, standing on a rock and dipping the thermometer in Little River.  The water temperature was 39 degrees.  The sky is clear and the sun will be shining bright soon. 

I don’t want to jinx us but, the 10 day weather forecast looks wonderful.  We are going to have high temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s.  Lows will be in the 30’s to 40’s.  No Snow!  We will look back on January 2012 as the mild winter month. 

Fishing will be slow today in the Smoky Mountains.  You might catch some trout if you work hard at it.  But, when the water temperature starts out at 39 degrees in town and colder than that in the Park, the Fishing Gauge above is going to be pointing to slow.  That is unless it breaks or something. 

If you go, fish nymphs deep and on the bottom where the trout are hunkered down and shivering. 

Fishing will be much better if you wait until tomorrow and especially over the next 9 days after that.  The water will warm and the shivering trout will become more active.  It won’t be like fishing in the Spring, but compared to most years in late January, it will be a lot better.  You might even catch some smallmouth bass in the lower sections of the rivers exiting the Park and flowing through the valleys.  Almost all of them are excellent smallmouth bass fisheries.  I don’t know for sure, that might be a stretch.  I have never fished for smallmouth bass here during January.  I have caught trout in January, plenty of times when the water warms up like it should over the next 10 days.

Clayton Gist and Tim Doyle will be tying on Saturday January 21st.  They will be here for you between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  It is free.  Just come on by and enjoy yourself.  You will be amazed at what you will learn from these two guys.  We have a 70% to 90% chance for rain on Saturday depending on which weather website you believe.  That’s probably a good reason to be here.  Then, you can go fishing in the Park and enjoy a warm and wet day. 

I am working on the Ross Reels section of our online catalog.  When you read every word a manufacturer writes about their products several times you learn a lot about them.  I’m impressed.  Like I said yesterday, 3M – Scientific Anglers acquired Ross and I am taking a closer look.  We will be stocking and selling more Ross Reels this year.  Of course Orvis and Lamson reels will be great sellers for us too.

On Saturday January 28th we will have two things going on.  Walter Babb will be teaching an advanced fly tying class.  You can call the store to sign up.  Also, Ethan McGroom and Josh Pfeiffer will be tying flies as a Free Demonstration.  Ethan will be tying his musky patterns.  I think Josh will be tying smallmouth bass patterns.  I fish with Josh and I have used his patterns.  He is one of the few guides around here who specializes in smallmouth bass fishing on the big rivers.  Don’t miss this day.

Then on Sunday, January 29th we are holding a special event, “Simms Sunday”.  First, David Knapp will be tying that day.  You all know David.  If not google David Knapp fly fishing and his website will pop up.  (Correction: David will be tying in February. I got mixed up) Also, Dave Chouinard will be here in the mobile Simms showroom.  See the photo below.  You can see all the new Simms gear. We will have door prizes and it will be a fun day for you.  If the weather forecast stays the same, you can go fishing in the Park that day too. 

I am off today but I will be working on the website.

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

Byron Begley
January 19, 2012

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