Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful morning in Townsend.  I experienced some fog on the way to work but nothing like it has been.  Traffic is light and only one restaurant that I passed had a good crowd.  The other restaurant, a block away had almost no cars in their parking lot.  I can see that people are staying in motels though the leaf season is coming to an end.  At the swinging bridge, one man standing in the river was casting to my direction when I took the water temperature.  I tried to be friendly.  He was fairly friendly but didn’t have much to say.  He was concentrating on fish’n.

The river is flowing at 91 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 79 cfs.  The water temperature was 51 degrees. 

Though I have not heard many fishing reports from customers in a couple of days, I know the fishing is excellent in the Park.  You are going to catch a few drifting leaves.  The National Weather Service gives the chance for rain at 60% tomorrow and tomorrow night.  The high today will be in the mid 70’s but it will cool off here after that.  Expect lows in the 30’s by the weekend. 

Nymphs will probably work best in the mornings.  After the sun warms the water a bit dry flies will be a good choice.  Patterns are not as important now unless you see blue wing olives or midges on the water.  I would stick to the reliable Tellico, Prince, Hare’s Ear, Copper John or Pheasant Tail nymphs.  For a dry I would use a Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams or Blue Wing Olive pattern.  You can try many other Smokies patterns and probably do just as well.  The brown and brook trout are spawning right now.  You will see plenty of them out in the open. 

Daniel and I will be the only two people here today.  One of our sales reps, Park Burson will come by this afternoon and show us some new gear from Scientific Anglers, St. Croix, Winston and other companies.  He represents Chota but we’ve seen all of their new gear.  Those Hippies are selling extremely well.  I love mine.

I have been working with Mark Brown on a video for Chota.  Mark is the Sales Manager at Chota.  I had to learn how to use the video editing software so it took about 20 hours to end up with a 2 minute video.  I am changing the sound track, on Friday and it will be finished.  Now that I know how to use the software, I could have done this in about 2 hours plus the time we spent on the stream shooting the footage. 

We have one of the first releases on YouTube now.  Just search for Chota Hippies on that site.  But the one Mark uploaded was a low resolution film that is not viewable in the wide format.  We’ll put the new one up in a few days.  The film was shot and edited in high definition. 

We are planning to start on a second video soon.  I do most of their photography and now their video production.  It’s easy when you are working with someone like Mark.  He knows what he wants, he is smart and he provided a script for us to use in the very beginning.  That is essential to making a video.  You start with a script.

Frank Bryant, President of Chota is very involved too.  He is an inventor and a perfectionist.  He would not be successful if he were not that way in his business.  So we have been tweaking this two minute show and paying attention to minute details like the size of the captions, the text font, the volume of the soundtrack and where to cut a scene.  I will probably know next time exactly what they want from the get go.  Mark and I have learned a lot of neat stuff doing this.  And hopefully, we will all sell more Hippies.  These videos will be used by their other dealers too.  It’s not just for us.

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

Byron Begley
October 26, 2011

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