Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was very foggy earlier but the mist has already burned off.  The air is warm and the streets are absent of vehicles.  The Summer tourist season seems to be over.  Schools are going to be back in session next week and that controls the Summer tourist activity here. 

Little River looks absolutely perfect.  Paula and I had dinner at a restaurant last night with a great view of the river.  I noticed something, either a trout or rock bass hitting the surface on the opposite side of the stream.  Something was dropping out of the tree hanging over the water. 

Stream flow is 294 cubic feet per second this morning.  Median flow for this date is 111 cfs.  The river is not dropping fast like it has earlier this year.  Evidently there is plenty of water in the aquifer.  We have had a lot of rain lately.  The water temperature was 68 degrees at 7:30 am near the swinging bridge. 

I you go fishing today, get back on the smaller streams where there is plenty of shade and cooler water.  It is going to be hot, 95 degrees down here, cooler in the mountains.  Ants, beetles and Yellow Sally Stonefly imitations will be best for a dry fly.  A Green Weenie is the perfect nymph right now.  With the water levels on the high side for this time of year, fishing should be good.  I was off yesterday so I didn’t hear any fishing reports.  But, you can’t beat these conditions unless the water was at Spring temperatures.

Lake fishing is slow on the surface which is where we like to fish with flies.  The water in the impoundments is really warm.  You might do well fishing for bluegill in the evenings.  Right now, it’s too hot for me to get out there in a boat.  Ours is parked for a while.  After watching the river flow by last night my thoughts wandered to fishing right before dark for smallmouth bass just downstream from town.

This morning, I’m meeting with Raz Reid.  He is our sales representative for Fishpond, Rio, Redington, Sage and Umpqua.  He came in late yesterday and set-up in the classroom for the presentation today.  All the new tackle and gear is ready to show the fly shops.  We will place our orders for late Fall and Spring during the next month or so.  There are some big decisions to be made.

My favorite part of the show is seeing the new flies from Umpqua.  He will have samples of all the new bugs.  I’m anxious to see Fishpond’s new line.  They usually have some great new gear.  Sage has a new high-end fly rod.  I noticed them lined up by the back door downstairs when I came in this morning.  Raz and Daniel were probably out there casting them yesterday afternoon.  I’ll get to cast one or two this morning.  This will be an interesting day.

I talked to both Park Burson and Randy Hamilton this week.  They are partners in a Rep Agency and they will be meeting with us soon.  Scientific Anglers bought Ross Reels.  Randy and Park represent both of those companies.  They also work for Winston and St Croix. Their wading line is Chota and I’m looking forward to seeing their new hipper wader.  I saw a prototype at Troutfest.  It looks like something I would really want to own and use especially during the Summer.

Simm Dave Chouinard will be coming through in that huge motorhome showroom soon.  Simms is making some changes this year.  They are bringing back felt wading boots.  I am very glad to hear that.

Orvis will unveil their line of fine tackle and accessories soon.  I hope to see that in Vermont in September.  If I can’t make that trip they will bring everything here anyway. 

So, it is going to be a busy time for a few months as we prepare for next year.  I’m looking forward to this as usual.

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

Byron Begley
July 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 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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