Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 13, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and cool in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  It appears the sun will burn the fog off soon.  The ground is soaked from the rain we had and it looks like there is more to come, a 40% chance today.  It’s been pretty dry lately.  Our rainfall total for the year is still below normal but not by much.

Little River is high and somewhat stained.  The flow now is 916 cubic feet per second (cfs) but it has peaked and is dropping.  Normal for this date is 340 cfs.  The water temperature this morning is still 46 degrees.  It rises during the day but falls back to 46 by morning when we take the temperature and it’s been doing that for a while.

Wading in Little River and other large streams is not advised.  You can find places to step in and fish close to the bank but be careful.  We’ve got some water in these rivers today.  This would be a good day to catch some large browns using streamers.  You will probably find some clear water in the Park.  What I saw this morning was in town where there is more silt in the runoff.  If you fish today use heavy streamers.  Get them down.

One of my best friends in the world is Jack Gregory.  He came over to our house last night.  I am sure, he has caught more trout in the Park over 20” than anyone.  His largest is 29”.  I have a picture of one he caught in Little River near Elkmont that measured 28”.  He and I have fished in Yellowstone for trout and in Florida for tarpon.  He was with me when I caught my largest smallmouth bass on a fly he tied and told me to use and he actually tied it on for me.  The bass weighed exactly 5 pounds and he knew where it was.  Jack told me where to cast, the bass was there and I caught him.  He is the best fly fisherman I know. 

His great great grandparents lived in a remote, high elevation area in the Park called Gregory Bald.  His grandfather and grandmother lived in and moved from Cades Cove when the Park was formed.  Jack knows these rivers well.

Jack is the most willing person to help anyone catch fish on a fly.  He spends more time helping other people when we are on a fishing trip than he does fishing himself.  I don’t know anyone more willing to help friends or anyone for that matter do anything.  He does a huge amount of volunteer work for TU and Troutfest.  He always shares his fly tying talents with people at the shop during our Free Fly Tying Demonstrations.  He cares as much as anyone I know about other people.  That’s Jack.

But there are a few things he keeps to himself or only shares with his best fishing buddies.  I have never looked into his “Big Fish Smokies Fly Box”.  I wouldn’t ask to.  When he catches a big fish I never ask what fly he was using.  I don’t want to know.  I don’t want to be the one who accidentally lets the cat out of the bag.  I think it is really cool that he has some things that he holds dear and close. 

Last night I was showing him some different variations of the Wooly Bugger I have been tying. He told me he was going to show me something that I can’t show anyone else.  I agreed and won’t.  I watched him tie a fly.  Wow!  I’ll tie some and use them but only when I am fishing by myself.  This is Jack’s fly and it will stay “Jack’s Fly” until he decides he has something better and shares it with everyone.  I’ve never seen one.  I don’t think this has been thought of.  Evidently it works.  I know it will work.

Fly tying is something I enjoy but I have probably never come up with anything new.  I might make some changes that I think work better than the one in the book but I’m not an innovator at the vice.  Jack is.

I’m working on the Little River Journal again today.  You should get yours tomorrow.

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

Byron Begley
March 13, 2010
 

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