Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is dark outside and 33 degrees.  Today’s high will be 34.  Tonight’s low is expected to be 15 degrees.

Obviously, we are now seeing the beginning of a very cold period over the next 10 days.  We may get some snow next week.  Spring fishing has not arrived and it won’t for a while. 

Little River is flowing at 440 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 265 cfs.  The water temperature at 6:05 am is 41.4 degrees.

We will see the water temperature fall into the 30’s and stay in that range through next week.  Fishing in the Smoky Mountains will be slow.  On top of that, it is not going to be comfortable fishing weather.  We’ll just have to wait.  We have been hoping for a very early Spring, in February, like we had in 2011.  That won’t happen, at least not here.

Writing fishing reports every morning, when fishing is slow is not much fun.  When the fishing gauge at the top of this page points to “Good” or “Excellent”, those are fun days.

Yesterday, I pushed our boat out of the boat house to run the engine for a few minutes.  It started but would not continue to run.  Two weeks ago, it did just fine.  I changed the plugs and fuel filter.  I tried everything I know to do.  Tomorrow, I’ll take it to the Mercury dealer.  I think it may be the fuel pump causing the problem.  The fuel is just two weeks old.  It’s better to find a problem like that now, than on the first day we take it to the lake. 

We have some great events and classes coming up at the shop. Each Saturday, over the next three, we’ll hold our Winter Free Fly Tying Demonstrations.  All you have to do is show up.  The free event starts at 10 am and lasts until 2 pm.  Not only can you watch these demonstrators tie, you can talk to them about fishing.  It’s a lot of fun and you will learn new fishing and tying techniques.  

This coming Saturday (14th), Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr. will be here.  They always have some interesting flies to show you and stories to go along with them.

On Saturday February 21st, Walter Babb will be here for your enjoyment.

Then, on Saturday February 28th, come by to meet and visit with guide Mike Bone.  He will be tying and talking about tailwater fly fishing.

We have a new class that will be held on Saturday March 7th.  Josh Pfeiffer will be teaching our new Smallmouth Bass Tying and Fishing Class.  I’m going to teach one of the flies, the Kncklehead.  Josh is a professional guide, who specializes in smallmouth bass fly fishing.  He grew up fishing the Holston and French Broad Rivers with his grandfather and father.  He knows this sport well.  He knows those rivers well. 

I know his flies work for smallies because I have fished with him several times.  We’ve always had a good day, sometimes, excellent days.  Call the shop to book your space at 865-448-9459. 

If you are interested in smallmouth bass fishing and tying the flies that work, attend this class.  This is not a beginner class.  You need to have some fly tying experience.  This is also not just a fly tying class.  It will be a day of discussion about fly fishing for smallmouth bass.  Josh is an expert, and you can learn a lot of good information from him as you tie his favorite flies.  The class will begin at 9:00 am and last most of the day.

Daniel told me yesterday he wants your input on our fly tying department.  Over the past year, we have eliminated the slow-selling merchandise, mostly slow-selling colors.  Now, we have space for new materials.

If you know of something, you would like to see us stock, contact Daniel or me.  My e-mail address is below.  CLICK HERE to e-mail Daniel.  His goal is to build our tying department to a new level.  He really wants your ideas.  Please help us.

We moved the fly tying department upstairs last Fall.  It is large, 700 square feet.  Trends change.  Once popular fly tying materials lose popularity.  New materials come out every year.  We are seeing warmwater fly fishing grow in popularity.  We want your input.

Of course, we want to stock materials for the latest and greatest trout flies along with components for traditional trout flies.  Trout is fly fishing’s bread and butter. I’m looking forward to reading your ideas.  We can get about anything.  We know better than to stock materials for traditional salmon flies.  We tried that and failed.  What we do want to do is expand our trout and warmwater material selection.  We are also interested in providing more materials for saltwater anglers, which we currently do.

Bundle up when you go outside.  If you go fishing, don’t fall in.

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

Byron Begley
February 12, 2015

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