Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 38 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was heavy.  I came in early, 7:10 am.  What I saw must have been the parent’s school delivery. Though the sun is not up, I can see Great Smoky Mountains National Park well this morning.  There is absolutely no fog.

Little River looked perfect.  The flow is 307 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 280 cfs.  The water temperature was 44 degrees at 7:15 am. 

I think fishing will be OK today and tomorrow.  The clouds will give way to clear skies today but tomorrow looks to be overcast all day.  That will be good for fishing.  The water temperature is not close to ideal but it is not so cold that you won’t catch some trout if you are willing to work hard for them.

Fish nymphs.  Fish them deep.  Keep you fly line off the water as much as possible.  Try to eliminate drag.  The trout are on the bottom but they will eat.  I would use a Tellico, Prince, Pheasant Tail or Copper John.  You could see some hatches.  We had some Quill Gordons and Blue Quills hatching a week ago.  There might be some coming off now.  Blue Wing Olives might be on the water too.  Watch for that.

Cold temperatures and possibly snow will move into East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains on Friday.  Snow is possible Friday night and Saturday morning.  The low temperature Saturday night is supposed to be around 17 degrees. 

If you are planning a fishing trip to the Smoky Mountains you might want to re-consider.  The water is going to be cold this weekend, especially on Sunday.  Fishing will probably be slow unless the forecast changes.

We are all working on Troutfest.  This is crunch time.  Rufus is getting the banquet/auction ready.  David and I are updating the Troutfest website.  Neil is selling ads and getting the Troutfest Journal ready to print.  Sarah is lining up the fly tyers. 

Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser will be back in May.  Zach Matthews will be here.  Jason Borger will attend and host a 20th anniversary showing of A River Runs Through it.  There will be some great fly tyers, about 26 of them I think, demonstrating throughout the event in shifts.  Some you know about and others you may not know.  Anthony Hipps will be tying.  Ray Ball will be back. 

Another man, the popper king of Virginia, Walt Cary will be here.  He is going to make his poppers all weekend.  Walt sells his creations to us. We love those poppers.  Our customers love them too.  We are one of only a handful of fly shops that sell Walt’s Poppers, the ones that are actually made by him.  I talk to Walt often.  I want to know how he paints these bugs.  I think he has something like 7 coats of finish on them.  They are durable and very modestly priced.  You can buy an imported version of Walt’s Poppers.  We used to sell them.  But, I got to know Walt and we started a business relationship.  I would go to Troutfest just to see Walt.  But, I’m a popper guy.  I like making them and love fishing with them.  

We will have some excellent fishermen and fly tyers demonstrating for you on Saturday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  They are Mike Bone and Gary McCown.  Mike is a guide specializing in drift boat fishing on the tailwaters and the upper sections of larger rivers.  He has been a trout guide by reputation but he is also an excellent smallmouth bass guide.  Gary is a dentist who has been an avid fly angler for a long time.  He will be tying warmwater flies.

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

Byron Begley
February 9, 2012

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