Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  Boy, was it windy last night.  A tree fell in front of my truck.  It would have crushed it.  I had to back down the hill to get out on the road.  Another tree fell on our neighbor’s house.  That did not look good.  A crew was standing around wondering what to do next.  It looks like Great Smoky Mountains National Park was spared the violent winds.  None of the roads are closed.  I’m surprised.

Little River is running swift and a little high.  Flow is currently 994 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 313 cfs.  That sounds worse than it really is.  The actual rise in depth was only around 8” from two days ago.  The river crested early this morning and is headed down.  There is some color in the water but it’s not muddy.  It is perfect really.

This would be a good day to fish.  We may get some more wind which can create a hazard standing in the forest.  If that doesn’t happen you might want to take advantage of the warmer than usual water and overcast skies.  The water temperature in town was 46 degrees earlier.  That is not exactly perfect for fishing but it’s better than it has been.  This is the nymph fishing time of year in the Smokies.  Fish them deep.  You may catch some trout but the fishing will probably be slow.

We have more rain and possibly some snow on it’s way Friday and Saturday.  Come by the shop on Saturday morning and watch Mike Adams tie flies.  It’s Free.  Just show up.  Mike will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  He is a guide in upper East Tennessee.  He likes taking clients to the South Holston and Watauga Rivers.  He is an excellent fly tyer.  His midges are killer.

Troutfest is going well.  Last year’s vendors are in the process of being contacted again to make sure they are coming.  Those who decide not to exhibit again will be replaced by others on the waiting list.  George Davis is organizing the special events.  He is in touch with the headliners, Lefty Kreh, Tom Rosenbauer, Joe Humphreys, Bob Clouser, Zach Matthews and other people who will be giving demonstrations and presentations.  He will get it organized and we’ll put the schedule on the Troutfest website.  Ad sales for the Troutfest Journal have picked up briskly.  Banquet tickets and other printed marketing materials are ready.  As soon as I get the tickets we’ll put them up for sale.  This year we plan to sell 350 tickets.  We will be sending marketing materials to fishing stores in several states.  We have been doing that for two years.  During that time our attendance has tripled or more than that.  People are coming from far away to visit Troutfest.

I had a stress test yesterday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  Everything seemed to go well.  I probably looked like Forrest Gump running on that treadmill. 

When I got back to the store Robert Bryant from Orvis was here.  Many of you have met Robert at Troutfest.  He has spent much of his adult career with the company.  He’s a great guy.  His title is Regional Business Manager.  Everything we do goes through Robert.  We do work with Robert’s boss, Bill Reed too.  Bill is the director of wholesale.  I work with him on Troutfest stuff.  Orvis is a huge sponsor of Troutfest.  This year Robert and Tom Rosenbauer from Orvis will be a Troutfest.  Bill Reed has been here the past two years.  But this year, Tom is coming in his place.  Tom handles the marketing machine at Orvis and he has written several books on fly fishing.  He has ten books in print right now.  I know Tom and I also know you will like him very much. 

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

Byron Begley
February 2, 2011


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Our fly tying classes will be offered in January and February 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 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


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 March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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