Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  We had some heavy wind and a little rain last night.  I walked out of the house at dawn this morning.  The rain had stopped and the forest was quiet.  Before I got to my truck the woods came alive with the sounds of wild turkeys, hens that were clucking.  They were all around me.  I couldn’t see them.  I guess they had just left the roost and hit the ground squawking.

By the time I got to the river the rain and thunder was fierce. It is pouring outside right now and I can hear the thunder often.  A severe thunderstorm warning popped up on  Now it is gone.  It is 55 degrees out there right now. 

The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 48 degrees.  The water level is rising.  Flow is 401 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 308 cfs.  The water looked to be turbid.  It was very dark when I stopped at the river so it might not have been as bad as it looked at the time. 

I don’t know about going fishing today.  It’s not supposed to be windy or that’s what the sites are indicating.  This is a good day to catch a big fish, especially a brown.  The water is warmer and that should get the trout moving and feeding.  I would not be in the forest right now in this thunderstorm.

If I went fishing in the Park today I would fish above Metcalf Bottoms and probably use a heavily weighted black Wooly Bugger.  If that didn’t work I would switch to a big dark nymph.  I would be using 10 pound tippet.  I think I’ll stay in here and work on the website overhaul.

Clayton Gist will be tying today.  This is a free demonstration so come on by.  He will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  He is a super experienced fly fisherman.  I can also tell you he is very particular about his materials.  I have ordered special stuff for Clayton and he buys things like dubbing in large quantities.  Tim Doyle was supposed to tie today but he is sick.  He probably has that bad cold a lot of us have suffered from lately.  David Perry might be here.  He is a guide in Middle Tennessee.  Daniel talked to him yesterday and I don’t know the outcome.  David, like many other people I know have started fly fishing for Musky. 

I’ve been looking at kayak trailers lately.  Paula and I are talking about doing more kayak fishing.  Our boats are heavy, about 80 pounds I think.  They are very wide and made for fishing.  They are made by Wilderness Systems, named the Ride 135. 

The trailer I would like to buy is made by Yakima.  The frame is aluminum and it is light.  With the heavy duty shocks it can haul 300 pounds.  It is so light you can unhook it from your truck and walk the trailer and kayaks down to the water on rough ground.  I am not ever going to hoist one of our boats up to a rack on top of our truck.  Those days are over.  There is one problem with this trailer.  With the spare tire and heavy-duty shocks, this thing retails for about $2,600.  Ouch!  They are nice though. With one of those we would go kayaking again.  You could mount a canoe and two kayaks on this trailer. 

Think about catching a 50” musky on a ten weight sitting in a kayak.  What could be more fun that that? 

I’m working on the Waterworks/Lamson category in our online catalog.  It’s going slow.  I am using their photography which is great but I have to clip the reel from the background in Photoshop using a technique called a “clipping path”.  I read about the history of the company as I typed it into our website.  I had forgotten some of the story.

Waterworks is a design company.  Their first fishing invention was the Ketchum Release.  Then, they bought the Lamson Reel Company from Sage.  I remember when that happened.  I met the owner of the company at a show and liked him.  He is a smart guy.  The sleek, beautiful and simple designs made these fly reels a hit.  Their conical drag system is like no other.  Waterworks/Lamson prides themselves at creating something with less moving parts.  They have done that.  The reels are very light, smooth and good to look at.  You can read their story on our website by CLICKING HERE.  Right now there is only one reel in the category.  By the end of the day I hope to have three more on there.

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

Byron Begley
January 21, 2012

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