Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 65 degrees.  I saw a wild turkey hen in our neighbor’s garden when I pulled out of our driveway.  She was pecking at what looked like a tomato plant.  She had no babies.  All the hens around our house are without poults.  I think that white cat got them.  Traffic in town is very light again.  I wonder what’s going on with the tourism business.  Since Troutfest I’ve been coming to work an hour or so earlier than I used to so maybe that’s the problem. For the past month I’m looking at our town from a different perspective.  At the swinging bridge I ran into a you guy fishing.  He said he was catching some rock bass but no trout.  He was spin fishing and his buddy was fly fishing.  The water temperature was 66 degrees.

Flow is slow.  Currently the flow below the “Y” is 83 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 150 cfs.  We may see that change soon.  Thunderstorms are headed our way.  We have a 60% chance today and a 49% chance tomorrow. 

Today will be an excellent day to fish in the Park.  It is going to be cool, 87 degrees in the valley and cooler than that in the mountains.  The thunderstorms might be a problem.  I wouldn’t get too far from the truck.  Fishing will be best late in the evening until dark.  Trout are taking dry flies well.  During the day you will find them in the riffles.  When the sun drops behind the hills the fish may venture into slower moving water and feed on Yellow Sally Stoneflies and other aquatic insects.  Bigger fish will be eating smaller fish. 

I would use a Yellow Stimulator, Yellow Neversink Caddis or other Yellow Sally imitations.  For a nymph I would pick a Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Green Weenie.  Ants and Beetles would also be a good choice.

We are making some big changes around here.  I’m going to be doing more of the buying.  Daniel will spend more time with customers and merchandising.  Right now I’m working on including all Orvis products in my own ordering system.  I hope to get that finished today and move on to another vendor.  Lately I’ve been doing the buying for the fly tying department only.  Since it has several thousand SKUs (shop keeping units) it is a big job.  It is very labor intensive.  Our last order from Wapsi had about 800 different items.  They have to be counted, checked off the invoice, entered into the point of sale system and the invoice has to match the receiving or Sheila won’t pay the invoice until it does.  Wapsi orders are not much fun.  The other vendors will be a lot more fun.

We are almost out of Frog’s Fanny.  Evidently the world is out of Frog’s Fanny.  Frog’s Fanny is out of Frog’s Fanny.  How could that happen?  We usually buy it from Wapsi.  I called Jerry who owns the Frog’s Fanny Company.  His supplier of bottles ran out.  This has happened before.  When I talked to him yesterday he said half the bottles he ordered should arrive that afternoon.  He said he would send me two cases next week. Wapsi will also be sending another couple of cases to us next week.

This stuff is so popular I try to keep 36 to 48 bottles in stock.  I usually order 24 at a time on a very frequent basis to replenish.  Troutfest almost wiped us out then Jerry ran out of bottles and that leaves us in a tough situation.  So, don’t waste your Frog’s Fanny until next week.  The bottles we have left are selling for $100 each.  I’m kidding.  I have heard that in some shops it sells for $7.95.  We sell it for $5.45. 

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

Byron Begley
June 18, 2011 

Don’t forget that our Aquatic Entomology Class will be held on Saturday July 16th.  We still have openings.  You can check out the details by CLICKING 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 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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