Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Fog and clouds are blocking the Smoky Mountains right now.  Townsend is very quiet and inactive this morning.  There was hardly any traffic on the streets.  Redbuds are blooming, leaves are visible on trees today that were lacking foliage just yesterday.  It is Spring in the Smokies and it is starting to look more like the season.  I got an e-mail this morning from one of his friends, telling me that Stanley Bogdan passed away this weekend.  I hate to hear that terrible news.  He was hoping to return to Troutfest again this year and I couldn’t wait to see him.  I think Stanley was 91.  I will miss him very much.  A lot of people around here will miss him.

Little River looked peaceful earlier.  We received more rain overnight and this morning.  The flow is currently 291 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 313 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:30 am was 48 degrees.  Anglers had a great weekend fishing in the Park.  I’ve heard lots of good stories.  Bill Bolinger, who works here told me he went fishing on Friday.  He said it was slow at Elkmont in the morning.  He drove downstream and parked to eat a sandwich.  Then he said, “the river came alive”.  Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Blue Wing Olives started hatching.  Trout were picking the adults off the surface.  Bill said he caught a lot of fish, browns and rainbows and some good sized trout too.  I’ve heard similar stories all weekend.  I think it was important to be on the stream at the right time.  One angler said he didn’t catch anything.  He was fishing near Cherokee.  I bet he left the river early and the fish started feeding while he was driving over here. 

If you go, stick with it.  You may not see much action at first but just wait.  If this week is like the weekend the bugs will start hatching at some point and the trout will feed.  I would have Quill Gordon, Blue Quill and Blue Wing Olive patterns.  You could probably do well with a caddis pattern too.  Have some nymphs like a Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  Try a dry and dropper.  If that doesn’t work fish a nymph deep.  A Quill Gordon wet fly or any dark wet fly could be a good choice. 

There is more rain in the forecast starting Tuesday night and a chance for rain after that every day until Saturday.  That will be good for anglers unless the streams get blown out.  Rainfall is back to normal now after an early year deficit. 

Stan Bogdan was one of the best reel inventors and makers in the fly fishing world.  At times you had to wait for years to get one of his reels after you placed an order.  I would have one now if I was willing to shell out about $2,000.  That’s out of my price range for a reel.  I remember meeting Stan Bogdan here in the shop years ago.  He was such a funny guy.  He made us laugh when he visited the shop.  I’ll never forget one day Joe Humphreys was here.  We were talking downstairs near the front door.  Then, Stanley Bogdan walked in.  I introduced the two of them and they ended up in the wader department talking.  I thought to myself, “this is kind of a historic day, Stan and Joe in the shop at the same time”.

When we decided to turn Troutfest into a Fly Fishing Exposition in 2009, Stan was invited to attend.  And, he made sure we had one of his reels to auction.  When he walked into the banquet I was standing right there talking to Lefty Kreh.  Stan walked up to Lefty and the two of them took off to talk for at least an hour.  They had not seen each other in years.  I did send Lefty an e-mail early this morning telling him of Stan’s passing.  At Troutfest 2009 Stan’s reel sold for over $2,000.  Last year Stan brought two reels, one left hand retrieve and another that was a right hand retrieve.  The idea was, whoever bought the reel could have their choice of retrieve without sending it back to Bogdan Reels for the change.  Well, we ended up selling both of them at the auction, at over $2,000 each.

Rufus King and Stan Smartt have been talking to Stanley about Troutfest 2011.  Like I said earlier he was hoping to be here.  I wish he could be here.  The banquet won’t be quite the same without Stanley Bogdan.  The fly fishing world won’t be quite the same.

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

Byron Begley
March 28, 2011

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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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