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 32 degrees.  Today should be nice, with a high of 48 degrees.  Tonight will not be so nice.  We may see some light snow and a low of 13 degrees.

Little River is flowing at 365 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.13 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 302 cfs.  The water temperature at 5:55 am is 35.6 degrees.

Fishing conditions in the Smoky Mountains are not conducive to success.  The water is cold.  Trout will be inactive.  It will be somewhat windy.  The weather, we have now seems fine for February, but it’s nothing like we’ve got coming later.  Be prepared.

Tonight’s low will be around 13 degrees.  Low temperatures Monday and Tuesday will be in the range of 20 degrees or colder.  They say the low Wednesday night will be 1 degree below zero.  Thursday night, expect 5 degrees.  It’s going to be cold!

We’ll most likely get 1” to 3” of snow Monday and Tuesday for a total of 2” to 6”.  Those numbers could be way off, one way or another.  Cold temperatures will continue through February 23rd.

Think about what it is going to be like in the mountains.  It will be much colder and we’ll probably get more snow there. 

By all means, don’t plan a backpacking trip without expedition gear and still, you would not get me up there. 

So, we wait for Angler’s Spring.  It’s not going to happen in February this year.

Come by the shop today for our free fly tying demonstration.  Bill Boyd Jr. and Bill Boyd Sr. will be there between 10 am and 2 pm.  They are fun to be with and watch.  You will learn new tying skills and hear about different fly fishing experiences.  That would be a good way for you to spend your day.

Think about signing up for Josh Pfeiffer’s Smallmouth Bass Tying Class.  This will be a full day of tying and talking about smallmouth bass fly fishing.  Josh is an excellent smallmouth guide.  I will be helping Josh with this new class.  Call the shop to reserve your spot.  You can visit Josh’s website by CLICKING HERE

“Time wasted preparing for fishing is not time wasted”.  Yesterday, I spent the entire day, taking our boat to the dealer in Morristown.  Wednesday, I tried to start our motor and it wouldn’t run. I try to start it at least every other week during the winter.  Two weeks ago, it ran fine.

Some sediment, caused by breakdown of ethanol fuel, collected in a bowl on the carburetor.  A piece if it plugged a jet. I didn’t know what the problem was.  Yesterday morning, I called Jimmy Hensley, who owns Tri-County Marine.  He told me to be at his store at noon, when the mechanics come back from lunch.  I showed up on time and 3 hours later I pulled out with an engine that runs perfect.  The mechanic showed me how to fix the problem myself in the future, should it happen again.  He is a very nice guy who knows his stuff.

I just can’t say enough good things about Tri-County Marine.  I bought this boat and motor new 6 years ago.  It’s nothing special to most folks, just a 16 foot, deep-V fishing boat with a 20 hp, 4 stroke motor.  That boat is special to me and Paula.

Occasionally, I’ve had an issue that I can’t take care of myself.  They know, a trip to their dealership is a 3 hour round trip for me.  They always worked me in and I waited while they took care of the problem.  You can’t ask for better service than that.  And, they all know who I am and treat me like a friend, the whole time I’m there.  It has always been a great experience.

When I ordered the boat, I asked Jimmy for a price.  He gave me one.  I didn’t haggle for a better deal.  I didn’t want a better deal.  What I wanted was service.  I know all about how temperamental outboard motors can be.  And, I live a long drive from their store.

I told Jimmy, I wanted his service people to teach me how to service the motor, and, if I had a problem, to tell me how to fix it.  I wanted phone service.  When I called, I expected to talk to a service technician.  They have fulfilled my request every time and even seemed glad to help me do what would be their job.  I try to send everyone I talk to, who is interested in buying a new boat, to Tri-County Marine. 

One of my close friends bought a new boat 2 or 3 years ago.  Tri-County didn’t sell the boat he wanted.  I suggested he buy the boat from another dealer, but buy the motor from Tri-County.  He bought both from the other dealer.  The motor didn’t run right.  I went to the lake with him to see for myself, that he had an issue with the motor.  The boat would not plane off.  The dealer changed props and tried other fixes with no success. 

I told Jimmy about the problem.  My friend took the motor to Tri-County and they adjusted the governor on the engine.  It was set wrong at the factory.  It would not rev over 4,000 rpm’s.

So, once again, I give the guys at Tri-County Marine in Morristown, Tennessee a big “Thumbs Up”.  If you want to buy or own a Mercury, go to them. 

Now I’m behind.  I’ll spend the day at home working on our website.  Tomorrow I’ll be at the store doing the bookkeeping, and believe me, I’m behind there too.  The boat is almost ready to go when the weather breaks.  I’ll change the oil, oil filter and lower unit lubricant, then she will be ready.

Don’t forget, it’s Valentines Day.

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

Byron Begley
February 14, 2015

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