Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The bells at Bethel Baptist Church just reminded me it is 9:00 am, time to open Little River Outfitters.  I’m in my office, locked in for a few days and I know there are at least four people downstairs letting customers in right now.  There was a lot of traffic on the streets, people parked in restaurants, motel parking lots are full and people are everywhere.  Many are here for the Spring Festival at the Visitors Center.  I stopped at Little River to take the water temperature as I do every day unless I’m off.  The water is getting lower again but to me it looked beautiful like it often does.  I grilled out last night and listened to the whip-poor-wills for an hour or so.  They have been singing every night for about a week.  They seem late this year.  I remember when they start the mating calls in early April in some years.  This year it was around the first of May.  Those birds can be annoying at times when they decide to call out from right outside our house.  But, it’s worth waking up to listen to them.  They are cool animals.

Fishing has been good.  Ethan caught a 16” brown this week.  Other anglers have done well too.  There is a reason for angling success right now.  The conditions are perfect.  The water levels are manageable, the temperature is right and the time of year is conducive to feeding.  There is plenty of food in the streams this time of year.  The trout are active.

Flow is 185 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 244 cfs.  The water temperature in town was a cool 53 degrees.  It has been chilly at night and not too warm during the day.  So, in the mornings, the water temperature is starting out cooler than the optimum for trout feeding.  Later in the day, the water temperature will reach optimum levels.  The trout will feed at 53 degrees and much cooler than that.  But they like 58 to 65 better. 

I would start early with nymphs today.  Give the water a chance to warm up.  Then I would switch to dry flies.  You might use both at the same time.  A nymph dropper off your dry increases your odds for hookups and your chance for a tangled mess.  Our dry fly choices this time of year would be cream or yellow.  If you like fishing mayflies I would try a Light Cahill.  Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Neversink Caddis, Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns and small Yellow Stimulators would be a good choice.  The evenings should be the best time to fish.  During the day fish the shady and more choppy water.  At this water level I might even use 5X tippet unless the target is large fish and less of them.  Then you can use heavier tippet.

Troutfest is one week away.  I’ve got a few more things to do on my Troutfest list.  I think I can get mine finished in a good long day.  I’m so proud to know Rufus King, Steve Moore and John Becker.  They did a great job on Channel 10 news last night.  Rufus was supposed to be out of town and I was going to do the interview with John and Steve.  Rufus had to change his plans due to high water in Kentucky Lake.  So I asked him to take the job back.  He did great.  I knew he would.  Steve is our old friend at the Park.  He is the head fisheries biologist.  John Becker is the News Anchor at Channel 10.  He is also a fly fisherman, fishes in the Park and knew what questions to ask.  This is something you need to see.  CLICK HERE.

Rufus is the President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and has served for at least three years I think.  He is an excellent leader, he is smart and in an interview situation like this he did a great job.  This is the first time I have seen him in a suit. I told John Becker in an e-mail that we would be much more pleased with the interview with Rufus than if I did it.  He told me they would take good care of Mr. King. 

I’m planning to re-run this video on Monday and talk more about the Troutfest marketing team.  I am proud to serve on this committee.  We have accomplished a lot of new things this year.  Our marketing team has professionals serving and we get things done.  The results of the committee’s efforts are really amazing.  Just this week there is no telling how many thousand fly fishermen we reached nationwide.  Tom Rosenbauer at Orvis had a lot to do with that.  I’ll tell you more later, probably Monday when we have a larger audience. 

I’m literally up to my eyeballs in fly tying materials.  Orders are scattered all over the floor in here.  We have orders from every fly tying vendor.  To put it into perspective, the Wapsi order had 978 items.  And we received a re-stocking order from Wapsi last week that is out in the store now.  We are gearing up for Troutfest here at the shop.

I talked to Carlson Tackle yesterday.  They have a product that has become hard to get lately and I love the stuff.  Our normal supplier has not been able to ship it.  I didn’t know why so I went to the “horse’s mouth” yesterday.

The product is called Fishn’ Glue.  I love this stuff so much I ordered two bottles from a online fly tying company night before last.  I like the “brush on” version.  It is one of my most essential components on my fly tying bench.  I talked to one of the folks at Wapsi about it the other day and he had not heard of it.  I sent him an e-mail yesterday telling him where to buy it.  I ordered a case (only 12 bottles) of each version from Carlson yesterday. From now on I’ll buy it directly from them.  I do have the two bottles coming from a fly shop in Michigan at twice the price and about 15 times the shipping cost per bottle but I’ll be glad to get those too.  Last night, I finished off my last bottle on a white Stealth Bomber with a white bunny strip tail.  Kent Edmonds who invented the Stealth Bomber told me the other day he is putting bunny strips on the flies.  That is all I needed to hear.  I have a pile of them tied up already.  I just need more Fishn’ Glue in the worst way.

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

Byron Begley
May 7, 2011 

Troutfest will be held on May 13th through the 15th. This is going to be an incredible event and you should plan to be here. To learn more CLICK HERE to visit the Troutfest website.  To purchase banquet tickets online, CLICK HERE.

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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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