Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  What a beautiful day it is.  The sun is shining, the air is clear and they say the high will be 64 degrees.  Get out and go fishing!  I walked down to the swinging bridge to take the water temperature earlier.  I spooked a trout and he spooked me.  The fish was right near the bank and took off with a splash when I approached.  That’s a good sign.  Traffic is light in town now but we’ll have a lot of visitors later.  This is the opportunity of the winter to get out and have some fun.

Little River looked perfect.  The flow is 280 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 283 cfs.  The water temperature is 40 degrees in town right now.  That will increase later today. 

Fishing should improve.  I would go this afternoon and fish until dark.  Nymphs will probably work best.  The lower elevation streams will be warmer than in the higher elevations.  There is still plenty of ice and snow up high.  Danielle came by yesterday and showed me some photos of her hike up the Alum Cave Trail.  She was hiking on ice and snow.

Fish your nymphs deep.  That is hard to do with a strike indicator.  Right now your fly needs to be ticking the bottom. 

I answered an e-mail from a customer who is getting ready for the Quill Gordon hatch.  He wanted to know what flies he should buy.  He is planning ahead and I told him that hatch can start in early February but it usually does not.  He told me he was fishing here in mid-March last year and caught the heck out of fish rising to adult Green Drakes.  So, get ready, it may only be a month away.

I’m working with our artist/illustrator on some new T-shirt designs.  I sent her an e-mail at 6:00 am this morning.  I had an idea early and couldn’t sleep.  That’s what I like about e-mail.  I can send people something without waking them up.  Some of my best ideas come to me at night or early in the morning.

She is the best.  Here’s her WEBSITE.  Cindy can read my mind.  We are planning a new project every month for the next few.  Most of her work will be designing or re-designing silk screened T-shirts.

All of a sudden, ad sales for the Troutfest Journal have taken off.  I sent some e-mails to companies yesterday.  Some of them are very large companies.  I got one response back in about an hour.  The answer was “yes”.  I also got news this morning that the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited is buying an ad.  Most of the people I mailed are owners and CEO’s.  I sent one to Sandy at Ruby Tuesday, Joe at CBBC Bank, Cindy at Fishpond and a lot of other companies.  My personal goal is for me to raise $5,000 before the deadline, February 25th. 

If everyone in our TU chapter sold a ¼ page ad, the proceeds would be around $87,500.  If everyone on our Troutfest Committee sold a ½ page ad the revenue would be $13,000.  If you want information about the Journal and advertising in it CLICK HERE.  You can probably sell ads by sending out e-mail.  It worked for me. 

Make your e-mail personal not some canned, boiler plate message.  Paste the link to the Troutfest website I just showed you on the e-mail.  Remind the person that this Journal will be designed by a professional graphic artist, it will be printed in full color, it will be over 30 pages and we are printing 2,000. 

Just think about people you know and places you do business and shoot them an e-mail.  Remind your friend that proceeds from Troutfest are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and we gave $45,00 last year and $40,000 in 2009. 

Fly Shops should advertise in the Journal.  Right now we are the only one.  If you need some help with your local fly shop have them call me. 

Enjoy this wonderful day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
January 30, 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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