Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cold outside this morning, 27 degrees.  Frost is thick, people are walking their dogs bundled up from head to toe and I’ll tell you what, it looks and feels like winter around here.  I am off today but I did come to work at 8:00 to write this fishing report.  After this is done I will go home and tie some flies.  I was talking to a guy yesterday who runs the deli at the IGA.  After we finished our conversation a man loading groceries in his SUV asked me if I was Byron.  I said yes and walked over to meet him.  He is a person who does not fish at all but reads this fishing report often.  He said he reads it to keep up with what is going on in Townsend.  “Thank you sir for reading the fishing report”.  He is a nice guy, I could tell the moment I met him.  I think that is cool.

Little River is still flowing strong.  Flow today is 676 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 243 cfs.  Record flow on this date occurred in 1992 with a high reading of 2,470 cfs.  That sounds high doesn’t it?  Well, not really.  The river peaked at over 4,000 cfs on Monday of this week.  Now that is high.

The water is cold too, 43 degrees earlier.  Don’t fall in.  And don’t plan on catching a lot of trout until the water warms some.  It will do just that starting Saturday.  A warm front will move in with rain Sunday night.  Fishing should improve some then.

If you go today use nymphs and get them down on the bottom.  I would not use a strike indicator.  Any normal pattern will do.  I would use a Tellico, Copper John, Pheasant Tail, Girdle Bug or something with rubber legs.  Pinch on some extra weight and drag the bottom. 

Yesterday I tried to put together a fly order with Rainy’s.  Currently we only buy a few patterns from them.  But next year, I’m planning to expand our offering with the company.  My Rainy’s spreadsheet was not working correctly so I called our Rainy’s sales representative and my friend Kent Edmonds.  Kent is also our Temple Fork rep.  He was at Home Depot.  He called me back shortly when he got home.  I had last year’s spreadsheet.  I guess I got them mixed up and lost the new one.  He e-mailed another.  This order was due yesterday.

I started picking flies from their huge catalog.  There are too many to choose from.  So Kent gave me a couple of extra days.  I took the catalog home last night.

There is a lot more to buying some flies and taking them downstairs to the shop.  All of these will need to be packaged.  I will have to photograph each pattern.  Those photos will be opened in Photoshop and using an eraser tool I have to remove the needle or whatever I use to suspend the fly for the photo.  We have a special macro photo setup here in my office which includes three small flash units with soft boxes, a white background and a Nikon DSLR camera with a 50 mm macro lens attached.  This lens has an f stop setting of 32.  With that I can take close shots and the depth of field is good, everything is in focus.  After the photo is retouched, re-sized and color corrected I pull it into the online catalog software. 

My point is, I can’t bring in 100 different patterns all at once and expect to get this work done in a day.  So, those orders have to be staggered over the year.  You will see some interesting flies from this change in our buying.  We’ll have Kent’s Stealth Bombers on the website.  We will have several of Kelly Galloup’s flies there for you to purchase.  And there will be many other flies from Rainy’s.  I’m looking forward to this.

We are getting a lot of feedback from the work we’ve done on the home page of this website.  That page is actually not finished.  I will also need to design tons of images to rotate in and out of the page.  Most will be ads with links to our online catalog.  But thanks for the compliments everyone.  We will re-design most of the pages and add probably 20 more.  We plan to include some video.  And there will be more slide shows on the other pages showing products from manufacturers specific to that page.  It is going to be a huge job.  I’ve got all winter. 

No news from our town.  I have not heard a thing.  I did pick up garbage on the right-of-way yesterday.  Someone either lost or threw out a bag of garbage in front of our store and the wind blew it all over the place.  So I went out with a garbage bag to try and round it up.  I filled the bag.  I could tell from the garbage it was a visitor, not a local.  There were several rack cards advertising businesses among other various things you would throw away in a cabin or camper.  What was cool is the attention I got from the local folks.  Everyone waved.  “Hey, Byron is picking up garbage”.  I got a couple of horn honks too.  I worked my way down to Trillium Cove.  And there was a lot of stuff along the curb in the road.  Believe me I kept an eye on my backside when I picked that garbage up. 

I was reminded about a nice man who owned three businesses in Nashville.  He and his wife had a cooking store, a sewing store and a hardware store in Hillsboro Village.  I can’t remember his name.  Every day you would see him sweeping the sidewalks.  People would stop and talk to him.  I called him “Mayor” of Hillsboro Village.  My office was there for several years.  Sweeping the sidewalks in Hillsboro Village accomplished two things for him.  He kept the area looking clean and he got to talk to a lot of people every day.  He loved to talk to people.  People loved to talk to him.  I hardly ever saw him without a broom in his hand.

Don't forget, we are holding a Intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday. We still have openings. This is a good one. It costs $75, I think. Call us at 877-448-3474 to reserve a spot.

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

Byron Begley
December 1, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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