Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennnessee.

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  The sky is clear and the temperature is 15 degrees.  Winter is here again.  The flowers that bloomed during our warm spell are drooping to the ground.  Ice bells have formed on the branches that hang over the water and almost touch the surface.  Small waves wash over the branches occasionally.  The end result is an ice cube that looks like a tiny bell. 

Believe it or not, a guy was fishing from the big rock below the swinging bridge.  We talked for a minute while I was there taking the water temperature.  He said he had not been fishing in a while and he had to go.  I took the water temperature.  It was 36 degrees.

The Great Smoky Mountains got some snow yesterday.  The ground on Rich Mountain was white when I drove home from work.  Some roads were closed in the Park too.  Little River road was closed for a while.  Someone drove their car into the river during the night.  The Park Service had equipment on the road to remove the car so they just closed the road. 

Fishing was slow yesterday.  It was even slow for Ross.  Josh caught a 21 inch brown in the Park on Friday.  That is the last good catch I have heard about.  Fishing is going to be even slower today.  The air temperature will rise only slightly above freezing.  It will be colder than that in the Smoky Mountains.  It is going to be cold again tonight.  Then a warming trend will begin on Thursday.  We may get some snow on Tuesday.

Hmmm! (writers block).

Mike Bone and Gary McCown tied flies here yesterday.  Turnout was light.  It was snowing and at first, people stayed home.  We had a busy day though.  The people who did show up bought a bunch of stuff.

I’m working on the fly line department of our Online Store.  I hate websites that don’t give you any information about what you are buying.  Some have the name of the item, the price and the little box where you can choose how many you want to buy.  I am being different.  The Fly Line Department needs plenty of information for you.  Here you can decide if the slickest and highest floating technology is worth an extra $30.  So, I’m going into a lot of detail about each fly line.  I added 5 Rio fly lines yesterday.  Some have XS (Extreme Slickness), AgentX (Higher Floating), SFT (So the tip won’t sink) and DualTone (Color of the line changes at the sweet spot).  This stuff works.  They are not making it up.  But, the more technological advances cost more money, about $30 if you get each option.  It is like buying a car.  Less expensive lines are often shorter. 

I am making little charts in Photoshop for many of the items in the Online Store.  Charts are easy to read. They are important when choosing a fly line.  These charts indicate the length of the fly line, the length of the head and the color of the line.  All of this stuff takes a lot of time.  I hope it pays off.

I like Rio Lines.  I bought a Smallmouth Bass specialized line last Summer.  It work great on days when I’m casting well.

I spent some time this week casting a St. Croix Bank Robber fly rod.  I really liked it. For one thing, it looks good.  The blank is grey.  They are designed for streamer fishing.  I do a lot of that.  For a 7 weight rod, this seemed very light.  I bet the chart on the Bank Robber page of our Online Store will indicate exactly how much it weighs.  I looked, it weighs 4.1 ounces. 

Enjoy your Sunday.  I believe I would stay home and tie flies if I didn’t have to work.

Thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
February 12, 2012  

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