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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is dark and cool, 59 degrees at 7:01 am on a Saturday morning.  This is a beautiful weekend, perfect for anglers roaming around the mountains. 

Today’s high temperature will rise to the mid 80’s.  Tonight will be cool again.  Tomorrow will be cooler, in the 70’s.  Tomorrow night we will see temperatures dip into the mid 50’s. 

Little River is flowing at 103 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.54 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 73 cfs.  The water temperature is 64.6 degrees inside the Park near the Townsend entrance.

Fishing is good.  A little more flow would be nice.  It’s been dry lately.  We may get some rain late tomorrow in the form of scattered thunderstorms. 

A dry fly will work today.  I would use a Yellow Neversink Caddis, mainly because they are easy to see and the trout love them.  I would also use a Green Weenie in chartreuse or pink as a dropper.  Green inchworms are hanging in the forest and over the streams.  Trout are looking for them.  We don’t know why the “shell pink” version of that fly works so well but it does.

The sun will be bright today.  I would fish shaded streams.  Though the water level in Little River is higher than normal, it is still somewhat low.  Don’t let the trout see you and get a good drift.  If you do that, you will catch trout.  The fish will probably hit about any reasonable pattern, dries or nymphs.

We have a two-day beginner fly fishing school going on this weekend.  I think both days are full. Walter Babb and Rob Fightmaster will be teaching today.  Rob and Josh Pfeiffer will be teaching tomorrow, on-stream.

I will be here at home, writing short stories about flies for our new online store.  I photographed all of our trout flies, somewhere around 275 patterns.  That took days.  The photos are huge.  When I shot the midges, the lens on the SLR cameras were about 3” from the fly.  We use a Nikon macro lens that shoots at f32 for excellent depth of field.

Writing the descriptions takes almost as much time as the photography.  Working at home without interruptions, I should get that done in a week or so.

Chota has some new waders that will be introduced soon.  They are different from any I have seen before.  Mark Brown, Chota’s Sales Manager, Wanda Taylor and I will spend a day or two photographing and shooting video of these waders.  We’ll be doing that week after next. 

Mark is the producer, Wanda is the model, and I will run the cameras, doing what Mark tells me to do. I enjoy working with Mark on these projects.  Of course, I like working with Wanda too.

After the shoot, I will process the photos and edit the video on my Mac.  The photos will end up on fly shop websites all over the world.  The final video will end up on YouTube and imbedded in those websites.

Wanda and Gary were in the store recently.  I asked Wanda what she thought about the new waders.  The way she described them and highlighted all the features with enthusiasm, assured me she loves them and she will be the perfect spokesperson for these awesome new waders. 

Frank Bryant, the President of Chota and the designer of all their products, spent a day with me months ago.  We played with and wore the prototypes, walking around my studio office doing all kinds of things. Frank is a good friend of mine and he is one bright guy.  He thinks of things I would never think of.  He thinks about human interaction with products, constantly.

Frank enjoys looking at products in our shop.  You can tell he looks at things differently than I do.  I would never think much about how something is made.  He does.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful Saturday.  By all means go fishing.

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

Byron Begley
September 20, 2014 

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