Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and 63 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Despite the fog, people were driving fast.  Everybody drives fast here on Saturday mornings. The parking lots at the motels were full of cars.

Little River is flowing at 105 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.64 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 92 cfs based on 48 years of data.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 65.5 degrees.  The water levels in the streams are low.  That is what we usually have this time of year.

Fly fishing in the Smokies is pretty good.  Personally, I would go early and late.  The sun will be shining bright all day.  Trout don’t like that at all.  The fish will be hiding in the riffles and choppy water, hoping not to be seen by predators.  You will need to fish that water.  Dress like you are hunting.  Blend in.  Make short casts and get a good drift.  I would fish in a smaller shaded backcountry stream.  You don’t have to walk far but you will be better for it if you do.

It is going to be hot today, maybe 88 degrees.  Those backcountry streams will feel much cooler, especially if you are at a mid to high elevation stream.

We had a customer in here yesterday who had fished the Middle Prong of Little River for a couple of hours and did not catch anything.  He was using Green Weenies fished on the surface or just below with no weight.  I suggested he wait a while and try again, when the sun goes down behind a mountain.  Josh was here.  He suggested using an ant pattern, one that sinks a little.  He said he’s been doing well with ant patterns.  The man bought a couple of ants and headed back to the stream.  I hope he did well.  I’m the one who suggested he use Green Weenies.  I would have weighted them.

Glenn just walked in.  He and Chuck fished the East Prong of Little River this week and did well.  They were fishing the section above Metcalf Bottoms.  Bill fished the Middle Prong Tuesday and he did well too. 

We were hoping our new custom signs for the rod department would be delivered yesterday.  We built brackets for them and waited.  I guess they will be here Monday.

I spent two days ordering fly tying materials this week.  We’ve been wiped out of tying stuff for some reason.  Our tying department was unusually busy in August.  I still don’t know why.

The new minnow body material used to tie the “Game Changer” will be available next week from our supplier.  I included some on an order yesterday.  It is called “Minnow Body Wrap”.  We also sell the Articulated Fish Spines used to tie that pattern.  I ordered more of them too.  Minnow Body Wrap is a type of chenille with very long fibers.  All you do is tie it in and wrap forward.  After that, you trim it to the shape of a minnow. You can color your finished minnow with a Prismatic Marker.  You can glue eyes on the fly using 5-minute epoxy.  I’m looking forward to trying this.

It seems, from what I’ve heard from guides, that the brown trout are acting like they are in the pre-spawn mode.  It’s way too early for that.  But, this has been a strange year so it could be true.  Josh said he has been seeing them out during the middle of the day.  He said they are behaving in an unusual way for this time of year.

I know of one brown caught around Elkmont Campground a couple of weeks ago that was 23 ½” long and was colored up pretty well.  That fish was laying on the bottom during the day in August.

I would expect the browns will spawn late this year.  Everything else was late.  But, lots of rain and cool temperatures this Summer have changed a lot of normal fishing dynamics on lakes and rivers. 

I’m meeting Mark Brown, the sales manager at Chota and David at 6:30 am Monday morning. We are meeting at the Highway 61 bridge near the Clinch River.  We are doing a photo shoot, with a hunting theme and our model will be wearing the new Chota Camo Waders and Hippies.  We’ll shoot some video too. 

These new waders and Hippies are selling well, in the store and online.  I talked to Frank Bryant, who owns Chota twice in two days this week.  We are planning a fishing day.  I hope we can go Tuesday. 

Our industry has a name for stores that sell hunting and conventional sporting goods.  They are called “Hook and Bullet” stores.  We are all thinking these Chota camo products will do well in hook and bullet stores.  So, our marketing efforts will include the hunting theme.  I think it’s kind of exciting to be creating a marketing campaign for hunters.  I’ve never done that before. I’ve been doing it for fly fishermen for 20 years.  This will be new to me. 

We will start shooting photos at daybreak.  We are hoping for an overcast day.  But, just in case, we’re starting early.  When the sun rises the job must be done.  Shadows and glare cause all kinds of problems when photographing people in the woods or on the water.  It’s the same or worse with video.  Filters can improve the situation but nothing beats the absence of the sun.

I photographed the Chota camo waders and Hippies in our studio two weeks ago.  Those photos will be distributed to their dealers and used on the Chota website.  They are already on our website and ready to order.  People are already ordering them.

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

Byron Begley
September 7, 2013

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