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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sky is clear and the temperature is 22 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Snow is still lying on the ground at the tops of the mountains viewable from our house.  On the other side of those mountains lies Cades Cove one of the most beautiful valleys in the Country.

The high temperature today will barely top the freezing mark.  Tomorrow will be slightly warmer.  Later this week, snow is in the forecast.  If that happens, it will not stay on the ground long in the foothills.  It will be fairly warm during the day.

Fishing has to be slow in the Smokies, though I don’t know anyone who has been lately.  The water temperature is 40 degrees right now at the confluence of the three prongs of Little River.  Flow in the river is dropping closer to normal at 510 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 289 cfs. 

If you go fishing, bundle up and be careful not to fall in.  Use nymphs with plenty of weight.  Let your flies tickle the bottom of the streams.  Put them right in front of their noses.  Keep you line and leader tight, always anticipating a sight tick from a lethargic trout taking your fly. Fishing is not going to be easy.  It is going to feel very cold too.  I think I’ll stay here.

TVA is draining water from the reservoirs while producing cheap power.  Look for generation all day at Cherokee, Chickamauga, Douglas, Fort Loudoun, Fort Patrick Henry, Melton Hill, Nickajack, Norris, South Holston, Tims Ford, Watauga and Watts Bar dams.  There is going to be a lot of water running through the Tennessee River Valley today. 

You should plan on visiting here Saturday.  Rob Fightmaster will be tying flies.  This is a free event.  He will tie between 10:00 and 2:00 pm.  Rob has been in the fly fishing business since he was in college.  He worked here at one time.  He ran the fly fishing program at Blackberry Farm.  He has consulted with other fly fishing lodges around the country.  At this point in his life, he is guiding full time.  Most of his client trips are taken in the Smoky Mountains.  He is a good guy and very talented fly tyer.  Just come by. No appointment necessary.

We have some other fly tyers lined up for our free fly tying demonstrations running through February.  The slideshow below highlights many of the tyers.

I’m working on our online store pretty much full time and will continue for a couple of months.  Yesterday I was working on the Waterworks Lamson Speedster page.  This reel is fairly new.  I talked to someone at Lamson last week and he said they hope this will be their best selling reel this year.  It could.

I have a weakness for smooth, good sounding reels and the Speedster fits that category.  The Speedster is a large arbor reel.  One difference you will see immediately is the relatively unique diameter and thickness.  To conform with the capacity required for each size, these reels are larger in circumference and thinner.  They are also very light due to the abundance of porting in the frame and the spool.  They are made in the United States by skilled crafts people. 

I just like the way they look, feel and sound.  You can see the page I created by CLICKING HERE.  I took the pictures too.  I really enjoy photographing reels, probably more than any piece of tackle.  Reels are a challenge because they reflect light from the flash units I use.  Though these flashes have 3 foot diameter soft boxes with an inner diffuser, they have to be placed just right to make the best photo of a fly reel.  These photos turned out well.  It helps to have a great model to work with.

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

Byron Begley
January 22, 2013

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