Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennnessee.

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 17 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I can’t see any snow in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from here.  I know there is some up there. 

Little River is ice cold, 34 degrees.  I think that number dipped to 32 degrees once this year.  Flow is 227 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 284 cfs.  There have not been many days in months, when the river has been flowing below normal.  That has been rare. 

The weather forecast indicates we will get a wintry mix of  precipitation tonight and an 80% chance of freezing rain tomorrow morning.  After that, it is going to warm up.  The Smoky Mountains will be fishable again soon.  East Tennessee will be comfortable again soon.  Anglers will be out.  We will see lows at night in the mid to high 30’s, even 40’s.  Highs will be in the 50’s and 60’s.  Spring will be back.

Fishing should be dead right now in the Smoky Mountains.  With water temperatures in the low 30’s the trout will be inactive.  That will change, especially on Thursday.  The high will be around 60 degrees and there is a good chance for rain.  That will warm the water quickly.  So, wait until Thursday to go fishing.  The weekend looks pretty good for anglers.

Last night and very early this morning I spent my time looking at fly shop websites, mainly those that sell tackle online.  That proved to be very interesting to me since I am in the process of re-designing ours.  Right now I’m working on the store portion of the site.  One thing I found interesting is, our color selection and design differs greatly from most of the others.  Maybe I’m missing the boat.  Maybe my design is not what people like.  Maybe it does not matter.  I don’t know for sure, I’m not changing things now.  Our look for the next couple of years has been defined. It’s too late.

The Spring gear will be arriving in two weeks.  That is a busy time around here.  I’m hoping to be re-designing the fly pages by then.  When the new patterns come in they will need to be photographed and added to the online store.  Right now we have around 450 fly patterns on the store.  I will remove some and add others.  But, each page will be re-designed. 

I will be starting on the Scientific Anglers fly line pages today.  Right now there are only 8 fly lines in the fly line department, all Rio.  I deleted all and started over.  I think the Mastery Textured Trout Stalker will be a hit.  I’ll put that one on the site first.  These textured lines offer similar performance as the Sharkskin lines, without the noise and “rough on the hands” texture. 

Scientific Anglers is a great company owned by 3M.  We have been a dealer for a long time.  Now, they own Ross Reels too.  I really like their fly lines and now, their reels.

Orvis fly lines are going to be sold in new packaging.  The name is new too.  They are called Hydros.  We have some ordered and I’ll need to photograph the new packaging.  The spools from Orvis must be bio-degradable.  They look like the same material used in the old egg cartons.  They do look great and I can’t wait to start photographing them.

Get ready for some Spring fishing again.  It’s coming soon to a river or lake near you.

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

Byron Begley
February 13, 2012

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