Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was very foggy early but the sun burned it away quickly, right in front of my eyes.  Traffic was fairly heavy on the morning commute.  It seemed odd. 

Little River is flowing slow and low.  Flow is 51 cubic feet per second compared to normal for this date of 111 cfs.  At the swinging bridge I could see the bottom of the river in that deep hole.  It sure looked inviting.  I don’t have a fly rod in my truck right now or I probably would have cast a popper into the river and probably would have caught a fish.  The water temperature was 70 degrees this morning.

Fishing has been fairly good in the Park.  The low water and plenty of sunshine is not making it easier for anglers.  The water is getting cooler though the daytime temperatures are high.  The nights have been cool and that will continue.

The trout are taking dry flies.  To me they are easier to fish anyway in low water.  I would fish in the riffles, wear clothing that blends in and stay low.  Keep your shadow off the water you are fishing.  The trout will be striking fast in the pocket water.  You’ve got to be quick when you set the hook.  Green Weenies make an excellent dropper right now. 

I would head off into the backcountry.  I talked to a couple of fishermen last night after closing.  They were in here buying a bunch of flies.  They had been doing very well above Tremont.  They also saw some large rainbows.  Those fish had to be stockers from Townsend.  They were way to large to be wild bows.  TWRA has not stocked here in a while.  Stocking is curtailed during the warm months.  What trout remain are often found in small streams that are spring fed. 

Little River below town may be fishing well, I don’t know.  The smallmouth bass are probably going to be found in deeper shaded water.  Some of my favorite spots are too low right now.  One customer came in yesterday, he planned to fish the lower river and said there were too many people fishing down there.  He said there were trucks in all the pull-offs.  I went fishing downstream last week and where I fished, it was slow.  The moon phase is more angler friendly now. I've got to blame my failure on something!

I’m fishing with Josh Pfeiffer tomorrow.  I can’t say where we are going.  He has some smallmouth bass figured out and he probably doesn’t want every guide in the area knowing where he is making a living.  I respect that.  If we do well I’ll show you the photos but I won’t say where we are.  That’s up to him to do that if he wants to.  Josh took his father-in-law fishing last week.  You can check out the hogs they caught on his website by CLICKING HERE.

We are working on a new design for our fly department.  I’m going to wait a week or two and if business picks up I plan to order some upgrades for our fly displays.  That will cost about $3,000, which would include new trays and lighting.  I have been gradually upgrading some of our departments.  I started with rods.  Next was fly lines.  Then I worked on fishing accessories, leaders/tippet and strike indicators.  I put some new lighting in those departments.  Now, it is going to be flies.  Our fly displays started out about 15 years ago looking pretty good.  Over time, additions were made without taking aesthetics into consideration. We’ll still use the old bases for the trays but I’ll make some new doors for the storage below.  The new trays will have 1,200 bins on top.  Track lighting will make them pop.  We’ll have more trout fly storage and also re-arrange the larger flies that are packaged and hanging on the short walls surrounding the department.

My plan is to go through the whole store and improve each department.  Will it pay off?  Of course.  It already has. 

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

Byron Begley
August 23, 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 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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