Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cold in the Great Smoky Mountains.  At 7:45 am it is 1 degree below zero.  That may not sound bad to many of you.  It’s a lot worse elsewhere.  Heck, the low temperature for this date was minus 16 in 1884.  What we have this morning is nothing compared to that.

Little River is cold too, slightly over 32 degrees.  Flow is 365 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.44 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 292 cfs. 

I didn’t drive by the river this morning.  I was in a hurry to get here and check the water pipes.  Everything is fine.  It has not been nearly this cold since we built the building.  I knew the house would be OK but I didn’t know for sure about the shop.

Don’t go fishing!  You could die if you fell in.  You probably won’t catch anything anyway.  They say the high temperature today will be 17 degrees in the valley.  Don’t let that tempt you.  I doubt if the water will get any warmer.  It will probably get colder. 

The good news is, we’ll see high temperatures in the 50’s this weekend.  It will probably rain too.  Maybe you can wet a line Saturday or Sunday.

There isn’t much going on in Townsend.  Joey, our UPS guy said we were about the only open business in town yesterday.  We are always open except for 4 holidays.  I think we closed two other days during the past 20 years due to weather.  We don’t do much business on a day like yesterday or probably today.  But, we don’t let anyone down either.  We get most of our mail orders during the week, not on weekends.  That will give us something to do hopefully.

Today I’m going to box up all the 2013 accounting stuff and make new files for 2014.  Cintas is coming to grind up some old records Thursday.  They do it in the truck while I watch the grinding on a video monitor.  They bale it up and send it to the recyclers. There, it is made into paper towels and toilet paper.  If you find a staple in your toilet paper, I guess there is a slight chance it is one of ours.  Sorry!

It goes without saying, there are many of us who are ready for Spring fishing.  I’m thinking about it constantly.  Visions of gray bugs popping off the water and trout slurping them down are dancing in our wee little heads.  Hopefully, in six to eight weeks, that will be happening.  It has happened before in late February.  I hope this is one of those years.

I was off this weekend, which is unusual. Daniel said we had a crowd in the store Saturday.  Business was good.  Josh Pfeiffer and John Thurman were tying flies as part of our Winter Free Saturday Events program. 

We’ve got another great lineup this coming Saturday, Frank Bryant and Mike Bone.  Frank owns Chota Outdoor Gear.  He will be here for you to talk to.  He is a nice and very interesting man.  He is also a talented inventor.  Frank and I went on a great fishing excursion for a day a few years ago.  We lashed a canoe to his pontoon boat and drove about six miles up the lake.  We parked the pontoon and carried the canoe to an old rock quarry.  There, we paddled around and caught bluegill and smallmouth bass.  At the end of the day we tied the canoe back on the side of the pontoon boat and drove back in the dark.  We had a great time. 

Mike Bone is a professional fly fishing guide.  He has been hosting clients on our tailwaters near here for two decades.  He knows his tailwater fly fishing.  He knows what flies to use too.  He will be tying and talking to you about his fishing experiences of which there are many.

Both of these guys will be here between 10 am and 2 pm.  All you have to do is show up at the shop Saturday.  It’s free.  You can also register to win a $100 LRO gift card.  We will draw the winner at 2:00 pm.

Well, it’s 8:30, time to get to work. 

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

Byron Begley
January 7, 2014

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