Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and the temperature is a cool 34 degrees.  It will warm up today though.  I noticed some water in the bottom of our boat that was frozen when I got out of my truck at work.  But, there was not frost on the ground.  Maybe it melted or maybe it was not there.  There is no doubt that we had a freeze last night.  Traffic was fairly brisk this morning.  Business seems to be good in town.  It is good here at the shop. 

Little River is looking good.  The water is clear and the flow is strong.  Right now the flow is 416 cubic feet per second, slightly higher than normal which is 382 cfs for this date.  There is a real chance for rain early next week but it is going to warm up, day and night.  I would say next week will be prime for fishing.  It should be excellent.  The water temperature this morning was 46 degrees in town.  That is 4 degrees lower than it was yesterday morning.

I would wait a little while for the water to warm up before you go fishing today.  Later, you should find aquatic insects of all sorts on the water.  Most will be dark mayflies in sizes #12, #14 or #16.  There will also be stoneflies and caddis.  You might do best on nymphs at least early in the day.  The water will be warmer tomorrow.  It may be windy too.  Sunday looks to be awesome.  We’ll be busy here on Sunday.

I talked to Travis at the Smoky Mountain Angler in Gatlinburg a few minutes ago. The people who own and work at that shop are awesome. I just can't say enough good things about that shop and the people. They are huge supporters of Troutfest. They are our only Silver Sponsor. This year they will have a booth at Troutfest. Travis had some clients on the river yesterday. It was a cold and uncomfortable day. He said there were not many bugs on the water and the guides he ran into also said they had a slow day. They did catch some trout though. That will change soon, it's going to get better.

I had the day off yesterday.  I stayed home and worked on crawfish patterns.  I didn’t have time this morning but tomorrow I plan to cast a few in the river when I take the water temperature to see how they act.  Jack Gregory came over late yesterday afternoon and we talked about smallmouth bass and permit fishing, flies, and all kinds of stuff. 

We also talked about people who lived in Cades Cove.  Jack’s great, great, great, great grandfather was Spencer Gregory.  You might take one of those “greats” out, I’m not sure. Spencer Gregory was a farmer.  He raised cattle, sheep, hogs and turkeys.  During the warmer months he would move his flock to the higher elevations of the mountains on his farm.  Two of those fields are named after him, Spence Field and Gregory Bald.  The hogs and turkeys fed on leftover acorns.  The cattle and sheep grazed on the grass.  Jack’s grandfather was a farmer too.  He did the same thing.  But when Jack’s dad was young they had to move out of Cades Cove.  It would become a National Park.

The Park is 76 years old.  I’m working on a National Park T-shirt to sell in the shop and online.  It will probably have a fishing theme.  I have not turned the idea over to our artist yet.  I had to check out the legal issues about using those words on something we sell.  Using Great Smoky Mountains National Park is OK.  Those words are in the public domain.  But, using the arrowhead logo is not OK.  That will result in fines and a stint in prison. 

Bob Miller who is in upper management at the Park filled me in but I also checked online.  The Federal Government has many protected images or logos.  They also have phrases that are illegal to print and sell.  Woodsy Owl and his famous words can’t be used.  Smokey the Bear and what he had to say can’t be sold.  I found others. 

That’s a good thing.  A lot of money has been spent to encourage Americans to not pollute and prevent forest fires.  Those reminders, though very old serve us well even today.  If every child were given the opportunity to hear those words it would make a positive impact on their lives and our Country.  Those cultural icons need to be protected from exploitation. I bet “buckle up for safety, buckle up” would fall into that category.  Remember that song?

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

Byron Begley
April 1, 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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