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 raining and 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I stepped outside just at daybreak and could not believe how warm it was.  It felt like a hot summer night. 

Little River is flowing low and slow at 53 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.27 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 75 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:30 am is 63.9 degrees.  That’s going to change this weekend.  I’d say we’ll see some more cfs’s too.

If you go fishing today, keep an eye on the water level and go back to the truck if you hear thunder.  I’m looking at the weather radar right now and I don’t see any severe storms nearby.  This trough is coming from Louisiana north through the Appalachians.  Unless it moves East, we are going to get some much need rain and maybe more than we bargained for.

The National Weather Service is still saying we have a threat for strong to severe thunderstorms today.

Fishing could be good.  Or, it could be slow.  This is a strong front.  The barometer is going to be doing some impressive stuff.  I don’t know how that will affect the fishing.  It could go either way.

Try a dry and dropper or just fish a nymph deep.

Tim came by yesterday and showed me a photo of a brown trout he caught on the Clinch last week.  It measured 27” and it had an impressive hooked jaw.  He caught it on a midge.  He and his wife were fishing with Mike Bone.  Man, what a nice fish.  I guess the Clinch River is fishing well or it was that day.

Anglers are planning their fall fishing trips.  I’m hearing about Florida, Arkansas and New Zealand from some good friends.  I’m hoping people are planning to visit East Tennessee.  We have no plans.  We are remodeling our house.

I am also hearing a lot of dialog about fishing kayaks.  It seems like everyone I talk to either has one or plans to buy one.  We’ve had fishing kayaks for about 8 years. 

The fishing kayak manufacturers are chatting and trying to plan for the surge.  It is happening.  One company, I think it was Johnson Outdoors, reported mid-double digit growth in their fishing kayak business.  They own two companies that manufacture fishing kayaks, Old Town and Ocean Kayak.  If you are looking at fishing kayaks, check out Old Town’s Predator.

Mouse just bought a fishing kayak. Frank is ordering his this week.  It is the rage right now.  Fishing kayak sales is one of the fastest growing segments in the entire outdoor industry.  I read that in a trade magazine recently.  By the way, our trade magazines are very fun to read.  It was not that way when I was in the dry cleaning and printing business.  What’s more fun to look at, a printing press or a kayak?  A fly rod or a shirt press?  That’s a no-brainer for me. 

It makes sense to me.  I love our fishing boat and I’ve considered buying a new one.  Now, with my buddies getting all excited about kayaks, I may re-think buying that new boat.

You can take a kayak just about anywhere to fish.  We use ours in the ocean and bays.  You can use them on lakes and rivers.  And, in the whole scheme of things, they don’t cost much.

The boat I’m thinking about costs a lot more than a kayak and the 70 horsepower motor uses fuel. 

I know, storage is always a problem when you are contemplating a new toy.  Where are you going to put the darned thing.  I’m installing wall racks made specifically for kayaks and canoes in our new boat house. Right now, all three are in our barn.

We have a kayak/canoe trailer made by Malone.  To give me more room in the boat house, I am ordering a retractable tongue.  Rear mounted rubber pads are included in the kit.  Then, I can retract the tongue, roll the trailer up to the wall and push it up to the wall, tongue up.  It will take up about 2 x 6 feet of space.  The rubber pads on the trailer will come in contact with the concrete floor.

The two kayaks and our canoe will be mounted on a wall.  The canoe will stick out maybe two feet.  The kayaks will be closer to the wall.  All three boats will be hung in the same space, one over the other.  The floor space used will be approximately 2 feet by 15 feet.  So, the combination of all those toys can be stored in a 21’ x 2’ space or 42 square feet. That’s for three boats and a trailer.  The boat house has 460 square feet of storage space.  10% will be used for those boats and trailer.

The interior of the boat house will be covered with heavy duty, painted, ¼” pegboard.  I can hang everything.  There may be one table to hold all the boat motor maintenance stuff like motor oil, oil filters, spark plugs, fuel additives and cleaning supplies.  There will be plenty of room left over for the fishing boat, which is 20 feet long and about 8 feet wide.

So, if you are considering a fishing kayak, storage is not that big of a problem.  You can even hang them from the ceiling.

If you don’t have one now, it may be just a matter of time before you invest in a fishing kayak.  They have improved them over the years.  If this sounds like a sales pitch, it isn’t.  We do not sell fishing kayaks and don’t plan to as far as I know. Daniel and Daniel may have other plans.

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

Byron Begley
October 3, 2014

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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