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 5:53 am, dark and the temperature outside is 32 degrees.  We have no snow on the ground at our house.  I stayed home yesterday and worked on our website, writing and touching up photos of new Fishpond gear.  The fog lifted off the mountains.  They were solid white all day.  I woke up at 4:30 am this morning which was really 5:30 am after the time change.  I always wake at 5:30.  It will take me a while to adjust to the time change.

It must be a mess in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  As of early this morning, there are no reports of road openings, except for roads leading to Sugarlands and Oconaluftee Visitor Centers.  “All other entrances and through roads are closed”, as reported 19 hours ago by the Park Service.  Some or all should open today.  It is supposed to be sunny and 47 degrees in the valley. 

The folks at LeConte Lodge did update their website at 3:06 pm yesterday.  They reported snowfall of 22 inches with waist high drifts.  It was 17 degrees at that time there.  They also said, Friday night, two visitors showed up at the lodge at 9 pm.  They were trying to hike to a shelter on the Appalachian Trail.  One of them was wearing blue jeans and tennis shoes.  Lodge staff said that if those people had not found their way to the lodge, they would have died. They were going somewhere else.

Hiking around the mountains, during a blizzard, is not a good idea.  You and I may know that but obviously some people don’t. 

Little River is flowing at 136 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.67 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 109 cfs.  The water temperature at 5:53 am is a cold 43 degrees.

Normal fly fishing in the Smokies is going to be slow for a day or so.  You can catch trout and the browns will be active no matter what the water temperature is.  Unless they open some roads this morning, access will be a problem.  You could walk in from the “Y” unless the road to the “Y” is closed.  You could still walk in.  There you would have access to all three prongs of the Little River.  Fishing in Townsend may not be bad at all.  Those stocked trout are hungry.  The temperature doesn’t seem to bother them much. If you go, use nymphs, heavily weighted and get them down.

The outlook for the next few days looks good.  It is going to warm up into the 60’s after today.  Lows at night will be in the 40’s beginning Tuesday. 

Daniel called me at home at 6:15 pm last night.  We had a very good day at the store.  I have to admit, I was surprised.

One huge fly tying order arrived Friday.  More are to come.  It takes a long time to receive an order that has 500 or more items.  I bet the one we got Friday was way more than that.  The items have to be entered into the computer to come up with a purchase order that matches the invoice.  Thread has to be packaged.  The merchandise has to be displayed. 

By next weekend, Fly Tyers Weekend, we will begin with the best stocked fly tying department we could have.  I don’t know what it will look like by Monday after the event.  We are hoping it looks depleted, if you know what I mean.  Then, we’ll re-stock again.

Sunday is bookkeeping day for me.  I plan to go to the shop early, get done early, then come home and work on Fishpond. The store will be open of course.  Daniel and Paul will be there. 

The new Fishpond 2015 merchandise is not in the store yet, but it will be soon.  I think they have everything in stock and they are shipping.  Fishpond has new gear and many new colors of items that were in the line last year.  Some merchandise remains the same.

All the Westwater Waterproof gear is now “Cuttthroat Green”.  It all matches from what I can tell so far.  I’m sizing the photography for three websites, our online store, our new online store that will launch next year, and our fishpondflyfishing.com website.  All require different size images.  And, I have to write a story about each piece.  The stories have to be unique, written by one author, and not plagiarized.  Writing descriptions is the most time consuming part of building an online store.  Being a copywriter is not an easy job.  That’s about all I do anymore, that and keeping the books at the shop.  All require uninterrupted concentration.  

I prefer to work at home.  You would not believe how many calls I get at work that are from someone wanting to sell us something.  The folks at the store try to screen those people out.  Telemarketers can be tricky.  I don’t know how they get my name.  When they ask for Bryon or Brian, that’s a dead giveaway.  Those people don’t get through.

People will be coming to Townsend Friday night for Fly Tyers Weekend.  I hope we get a good turnout.  The weather looks good right now.  That’s a relief.  Chuck Furimsky and I have been exchanging e-mail a lot lately.  He and his family own “The Fly Fishing Show”. They hold shows all over America, including Winston-Salem in our region and Somerset, New Jersey, the largest fly fishing show in the world.  We discussed weather.  That is not a “kidding” matter.  I remember when he held a show in Charlotte, that fell victim to an unprecedented an ice storm.  It was a disaster.  He moved the show to Winston-Salem for some reason. Weather may have played a role in that decision.

Have you ever heard of a fly tying material called “Bugskin”?  Chuck came up with the idea and had it made. 

Below is a schedule for Fly Tyers Weekend.  It will be posted on this report all week.  Fly Tyers Weekend will be held next weekend and it is free to the public.  Just show up and have fun.

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

Byron Begley
November 2, 2014
 

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