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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful morning in the Great Smoky Mountains.  The sun is shining, the sky is clear and the temperature is 39 degrees.  Traffic was heavy this morning.  I bet I saw 25+ cars on my way to work.  It’s Valentines day and there are some visitors in our town.  We like that.

Little River looked awesome this morning.  The flow is 331 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 302 cfs.  Thats pretty close to normal.  The water temperature dropped to 44 degrees compared to yesterday’s reading of 45.5 degrees.  The water is clear.

Today and tomorrow are going to be fairly warm.  The water temperature may inch up a little.  Fishing will improve but don’t get too excited.  It will still be slow.  You can catch trout, maybe a few, by drifting nymphs near the bottom of the streams.  The fish are not that hungry but if you bounce a fly in front of their nose they may take it.  Try a Tellico, Prince or Pheasant Tail either with a bead or without.  Make sure there is plenty of weight on your fly.  You need to get it down.  And, you may find a blue wing olive hatch.  I kind of doubt if that will happen today. 

Tomorrow will be warm but there is a chance for rain in the afternoon.  Then the cold snap arrives.  The high temperature Saturday will be around 36 degrees. The low will be 20 degrees.  Sunday doesn’t look much better.  The 10 day forecast looks about normal, lows in the 20’s to 40 and highs in the 40’s to the mid 50’s.  It looks like Angler’s Spring in the Smokies will arrive after February 23rd.

Be here Saturday to watch the Boyds tie flies.  It’s free.  They will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  This father/son team is talented and entertaining.  They constantly work on new and better bass and trout flies. 

We also have an Intermediate Fly Tying class going on and I think there are still 4 openings.  The class is taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  Call the shop to enroll.  Fishing conditions are not going to be good on Saturday.  Fly Shop conditions are going to be excellent.

After three years, Bill Hey is back.  You probably remember this friendly guy.  Bill hasn’t changed a bit.  Until the weather improves and the fishing gets good, he will be working Wednesday through Friday.  We are all happy to have him back. 

I was looking at hook sales yesterday while also ordering hooks.  It is amazing how many Gamakatsu B 10 S bass stinger hooks we sell.  This hook is perfect for tying deer hair bugs and other bass flies.  It is also the hook used to tie Kent’s Stealth Bomber and Byron’s Knucklehead.  This is just one awesome and “good looking” hook.  I even made a slide for the website home page yesterday. 

I noticed Gift Card sales are selling well right now.  I guess that is because of Valentines Day.  Gift cards make the perfect gift for your angler.  They can be bought online, by phone or in person at the shop.  They can be redeemed the same way. 

Spring flies are beginning to sell well too.  Anglers are getting ready.  We are shipping some Quill Gordons to Key Largo, Florida today.  I bet that customer is planning to be here when the weather breaks and Angler’s Spring has arrived in the Smokies. Or, maybe he or she is going somewhere else, maybe to the Catskills in April.  It’s hard to say.  We ship flies all over the Country.  Since I do the bookkeeping, I see all the mail orders.  I often wonder where things will be used. 

I will be photographing flies and updating the online store fly department for the next 3 or 4 days.  Our photography skills have improved.  Most of the patterns need to be re-shot.  Last week when Paula and I were in Hilton Head, I processed about 40 photographs that I took before we left.  Processing means pulling the photo into Adobe Photoshop, turning them to the right angle, erasing whatever I used to suspend them in mid air, then sizing them for the website in two different sizes.  They have to be darkened or lightened.  The contrast is turned up 10 to 15 clicks so they show up better on a computer monitor.

We are preparing for a great Angler’s Spring, whenever that happens.  I bet we are looking at March 1st.  Don’t make reservations based on that date.  I may be just doing some serious wishing.  But, it won’t be long.

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

Byron Begley
February 14, 2013

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