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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:52 am, the temperature is 62.6 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms moved through our area late yesterday, dropping 1/3 inch of rain at the Knoxville Airport and ¼” in Townsend. We have a chance for showers this morning, then clearing. High temperatures today through the weekend will range from the high 60’s to low 70’s. Lows will be in the mid 50’s tonight and mid 40’s Saturday and Sunday.
This will be a beautiful weekend with very little chance for rain. It will be very comfortable, perfect for fishing, hiking and camping.
The water level in Little Rive rose slightly yesterday, after the rain fell. Little River is flowing at 267 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.14 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 256 cfs. The water temperature is 61.7 degrees.
Fishing should be very good this weekend in the Smoky Mountains. Flows are perfect. The water temperature will drop some in the evenings. I don’t know by how much. My best guess is, they will not drop to a point that will negatively affect fishing in the lower elevations. The water may be chilly in the high elevations.
A bear, that bit a “through hiker” on the Appalachian Trail has not been found. As a precautionary measure, several camping shelters on the trail have been closed. The bear bit the man at night, on the leg, through his tent. The man scared the bear off but it returned at least once. The man was evacuated the next morning by horseback, taken to our local hospital, treated and released.
Bears that attack humans in the Park, are euthanized, if they can be found. The bears are sometimes trapped. The last time this happened, and I think it was last year, a bear was shot and lost. Rangers and biologists assumed the bear died. It was never proven if they had the right bear. They probably got the right one. It did not actually attack anyone. It did exhibit behavior consistent with one that would attack a person.
We had a bear and two cubs hanging around our house several years ago. The sow was aggressive and certainly not afraid of people. She was often seen laying around with the babies at our barn. She exhibited aggressive behavior at our neighbors on several occasions. One night, I had to drive them to their house. The animals were in their driveway and would not let them walk to their house. They never bothered Paula and I.
Bear attacks are extremely rare in the Park. An attack resulting in a fatality happened many years ago. I think that was the first in the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
You may have some wade fishing opportunities on the Holston, Clinch and Caney Fork rivers today. You will need to work around the generation schedules, moving at times. Check the TVA website and determine if their schedule works for you.
My buddy Frank and I decided yesterday, to spend a week in Florida early next month. I called and rented a house. We are taking our kayaks. We plan to fish the area where the Apalachicola River enters the Gulf of Mexico. We are also planning to fish at Hatchery Creek in Kentucky next week.
I have been working for over two months, overhauling our online store. This week I’m re-designing the Leader & Tippet category. Orvis made some changes in their leaders and tippet. Orvis Mono is stronger than before, stronger than ever. They also made changes in their fluorocarbon tippet material. That requires new photos and content to be written.
We stock all sizes of fluorocarbon tippet material from 60 pound test, down to 7X. We sell a lot of the lightweight material, but not the heavy stuff. I don’t understand why we don’t. When I’m fishing in the salt or for big freshwater gamefish, I make my own leaders using fluorocarbon. And, I usually make them on-site, while fishing. The pound test I use depends on what we are fly fishing for. I think I have every size of fluorocarbon from 60 pound down to 8 pound.
This is a simple process. I learned it from Lefty Kreh. The formula is called the 60-20-20 rule. It works. It is easy.
The basis for the formula is, 60% butt section, 20% mid section and 20% tippet. So, all you need are three pieces of mono or fluorocarbon. The knot used to connect the pieces is a double surgeon’s knot. That knot works well when connecting two pieces of material that have significantly different diameters, while still maintaining good knot strength.
Here is an example of a typical leader I make to fish for redfish in saltwater. I start with an approximately 2 foot section of 12 pound tippet, connected to a 2 foot section of 25 pound mid section. To the mid section, I connect 6 feet of 40 pound butt section. Sometimes I use 20 pound for the mid and 30 or 35 pound for the butt. I often shorten the butt section to 4 or 5 feet, depending on the weight of the fly I’m using.
I don’t measure the pieces. I just guess when I’m pulling it off the spool. It is done quickly. If I want to have 16 pound tippet, I adjust the mid and butt sections to heavier material. These leaders turn over heavy flies well, they are easily adjustable, and quick to make. Fluorocarbon does not degrade in the sun or due to other environmental conditions. It pretty much lasts forever. Some of my spools are very old.
Lefty showed Paula and I this system at least 15 years ago, and we’ve been using it ever since. I don’t know if this saves money, over buying tapered leaders. I have not done the math. I do use tapered mono and fluorocarbon leaders for trout, bluegill and smallmouth bass, unless I’m casting very large and heavy flies. Then I make my own for that purpose.
So, right or wrong, that’s what we do. When I break a fish off, it always happens at the fly, not at the connections. The down side is, you have two extra knots that can grab a piece of seaweed or grass. I feel more confident in the strength of these leaders, compared to extruded tapered leaders, when fishing for large gamefish.
Be sure to wet your knots before pulling them tight.
Here is a link to our online store and the material I use. CLICK HERE.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
Orvis announced that they are going to be doing a Rod Swap again this year. The way this works is....you bring in a still functioning (doesn't have to be a great rod but it does have to be usable not broken) rod and you will get 20% off a Made-in-USA Orvis fly rod. These rod series are the RECON, Superfine, Superfine Glass, and Helios2. If we don't have the specific model you want we will be happy to order it for you. The rod you trade in will be given to a flyfishing charity. This is a great opportunity to get a deal on some fantastic rods and pass your old rod onto someone else to use and enjoy.
This Rod Swap will start on May 13th and run till June 19th. We can do this via mail order also but please give Daniel a call 865-448-9459 because the Online Catalog prices won't reflect the 20% discount.
Below are the top 5 Fishpond products we have sold during the past 16 months (January 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016). By “Best Sellers”, we mean dollar volume, not units sold. What is interesting is, the #2 Best Seller (dollar volume) sells for $19.95. That means, we sold a heck of a lot of units during the period. It is the Headgate Tippet Holder. By the way, this item is currently out of stock both at Fishpond and our shop. It should be available soon. You may pre- order.
Though we sell plenty of Fishpond items in our store, we have done extremely well selling these products by mail order. One reason is, all wearable products are adjustable, meaning, one size fits most. You don’t have to try them on. And, we offer FREE GROUND SHIPPING, even on the Headgate Tippet Holder.
Enjoy looking at these very popular fly fishing products. You can learn more about each one by clicking the links for those items to our online store. You may order online or call us a 865-448-9459, 7 days a week.
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