Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cool, 36 degrees, and we are covered with a mass of thick fog.  That is normal this time of year.  But, later today it will be warm and sunny.  That trend will continue for a couple of days.  We should see the water warm some and the fishing will improve.

Little River is at it’s perfect depth and velocity.  Flow is 211 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 123 cfs.  The river has the look of Spring.  But the trout, at least the browns and brookies are colored for Fall.  The water temperature this morning was 46 degrees at 7:45 am.  The high today and tomorrow will be around 70 degrees.  The lows at night will be warmer too. 

Most people are using nymphs right now.  Especially early, the trout are lethargic especially in the higher elevations.  As the water warms they will become more active.  I would got those nymphs deep and keep your leader and line tight so you can detect a subtle strike.  Tellico, Hare’s Ear, Prince and Copper John nymphs should work fine.  Any nymphs that resemble a mayfly or stonefly and especially those with rubber legs would be preferred.  Have some Blue Wing Olive dry flies in your box.  If the trout are not taking the nymphs, try the dries.

I would wait to fish later in the day after the water warms up some.  Try not to wade through those redds.  Soon, we’ll have brown and brook trout fry swimming in the streams and called by biologists, “Young of the year”.  What we don’t need for a few months is a flood.

I saw some guys fishing the stocked water in town last night on my way home.  They were fishing near the swinging bridge.  I need to start doing that before work now that the time has changed.  I could take the water temperature and run a nymph deep in the current at the bridge without even making a cast or at least not much of one.  Those stockers love that run and this time of year there are hardly ever any anglers there in the mornings.

The news is public and the confidentiality agreements are now irrelevant. The Sierra Nevada Brewery is not opening their eastern plant in our county.  We have been on pins and needles for months.  We were on the short list along with Roanoke, Virginia.  The owner chose not to open the new brewery in either location.  We are all disappointed.  The family actually came in our store on one of their visits.  We didn’t know it at the time though.  I wish they would change their mind and open here.  The company would fit in well.  They believe in helping and protecting National Parks.  Their carbon footprint at the California brewery is the envy of all green conscious businesses. 

I’m about halfway through Steve Job’s biography.  He was an interesting, talented guy and a genius.  He changed the world.  I’m close to the point where he left Apple Computer I think.  Most people know that after he left the company tumbled.  He came back and turned it around.  He died in October at the age of 56, four years younger than me.  I admire him as an innovator and a showman.  I feel the same about Ray Kroc.  He changed the world.  Bill Gates made is mark in my lifetime.  Neil Armstrong is another.

Looking back at inventors and innovators in past generations were Ben Franklin, Alexander Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and the Wright brothers.  There were many more but these people come to mind right now. 

Maybe it’s because I spend much of my time working on a computer with a graphical interface and our business depends on it that I put Steve at the top.  Of course, I drive a truck too, with tires invented by Mr. Goodyear.  So, I guess they are all great. 

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

Byron Begley
November 7, 2011

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