Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 24 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  Clouds hovered over Great Smoky Mountains National Park early this morning.  Now they are all but gone.  We got a dusting of snow last night and freezing rain under that.  I did not affect the roads though.  They are clear.  Traffic was light on my way to work.  The motels are practically empty.  The campgrounds are not doing much business.  We are waiting for Spring.

Spring is not that far off.  It will be February soon.  In some years, Spring hatches begin in late Feburary.  Other years they happen in March.  It depends on the water temperature.  If February becomes warm, they hatch.  If February stays cold, they don’t.

Fishing is slow right now.  Some trout have been caught but we will be experiencing some cold nights for the next few days and the water temperature will drop.  I didn’t get to take the water temperature this morning but I am guessing it was around 38 degrees or lower. 

If you go fishing, use nymphs drifted deep with a lot of weight.  You might need several split shot attached to your tippet.  I would not use a strike indicator.  Keep a tight line and wait for that subtle bump.  Don’t fall in!

Tailwater streams will probably be fishing better.  The water, drawn from deep in the impoundments will be warmer than these freestone streams born in the high elevations. 

I was looking at our website visitors information this morning.  During the past 20 days since the first of the year we have had 74,181 visitors to the website.  You will only be counted once per day but each day you visit is counted again.  Some people open our website almost every day.  Some visit once a week and I bet there is another group who visit only once.  So, it is hard to say how many different individuals log on over a period of time with the exception of one day.

During this period of almost three weeks 26,867 people or 36.2% of the total visited the message board.  10,897 or 14.7% read the fishing report.  And 36,4435 or 49.1% went somewhere else on the website.  Most of them probably checked out the online catalog.  I’m guessing because I didn’t look.  But I know that part of our website gets a lot of action.  It is amazing to me how this internet tool has grown.  We don’t have any idea what lays ahead.  Businesses better stay on top of this. 

I guess most people have a high speed connection now.  Video can be found on all websites owned by larger companies.  Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time at home learning about video production because I believe it will replace much of the static images we are used to seeing on the web.  If you click on CNN or the New York Times you will always find video on the home page.  And now you can watch them almost instantly thanks to streaming.  Imagine what this will be like in 5 years.  I can’t.

Jack Gregory will be tying here at the shop tomorrow for your pleasure.  I’ve spent a lot of time fishing with him.  We’ve caught huge tarpon, redfish and trout in the west.  I have never fished with a better angler than Jack.  I believe he thinks like a fish when he wants to.  Also, Jack loves fishing probably more than anyone I know.  I take a break often and just look at the water.  Jack continues to fish.  I don’t know what he will be tying tomorrow but you should do yourself a favor and be here between 10:00 and 2:00.  It’s free, all you have to do is show up.

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

Byron Begley
January 21, 2011

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Our fly tying classes will be offered in January and February 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 tying class schedule follows:

Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying


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 March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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