Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 58 degrees in Townsend.  We had a brief but heavy downpour this morning.  I can see the Smoky Mountains perfectly from here right now.  A line of fog follows the Little River through town. 

The river looks great.  At 7:55 am the water temperature was 54 degrees, the warmest reading I have taken all year that early.  Flow is 455 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 349 cfs.  The water is clear.

Looking ahead for the 5 days starting now, the high temperatures in the valley will be in the mid to high 70’s.  Lows at night will be in the low 50’s.  What we have now is excellent flow, great temperatures and super conditions for trout fishing in the Smoky Mountains.

But, the fishing was slow yesterday.  Hugh and Josh had a group of anglers out, they caught trout but the activity was slow.  Bugs were on the water and trout were not taking them.  That’s the confusing thing about fishing.  You never know what to expect.  Well, they’ve got to eat.  Fishing will be very good this week, probably excellent.

Trying to “Match the Hatch” would mean tying on a new fly every few minutes.  I don’t think the fly pattern matters that much right now.  Show them something that looks like food.  I would tend to use a Pheasant Tail or Tellico in the mornings.  Then I would switch to a dry fly later.  And that dry fly would be a Parachute Adams, Quill Gordon, Blue Quill, Stimulator or Thunderhead.  I forgot, I would certainly have a Elk Hair Caddis and use it.  I would pick olive because that’s about all I have ever used. 

Jack said the lake fishing was slow on Sunday evening.  The water was cold.  They caught a couple of smallmouth bass and that was it.  David and I are going to try one of the lakes on Thursday. 

You can now buy your Troutfest Banquet Tickets Online Here or you can buy them at our store.  When you buy them, Bill and Sheila keep the records, mail out the tickets and make the deposits in the Little River Chapter of TU checking account. 

If you buy online your transaction temporarily goes through our online store.  We do that for two reasons.  First, we have the software and second, our server is safe.  Transactions go through cyberspace encrypted.  We pay dearly for that but it protects you.  Anyway, we get notification of your ticket purchase and that goes to Sheila and Bill.  Your credit card statement will reflect a payment to the Little River Chapter.  Bill and Sheila have a credit card machine at their house to make the deposits. 

The Banquet will be held on Friday evening May 18th.  The Troutfest Exposition will follow on Saturday and Sunday.

I found my next fly reel.  It is a Lamson Guru.  The Waterworks Lamson reels are on display downstairs and yesterday I started playing with one.  I felt like the cost/quality ratio was favorable.  And more than that, I just liked it.  I’m a sucker for clear anodized reels.  Lamson is making a special edition Black Anodized Guru this year.  We have some ordered.  I’m not sure when they will be here but I think it will be May.  I believe most customers will prefer the black reel.  I’m coveting the clear anodized version.

Bill and I were talking about the new Orvis Cearwater Reel.  These reels cost $79!  They are cast aluminum as opposed to machining.  I could always pick out a cast reel without touching it.  You just know.  But that’s not true with the Clearwater.  I can’t tell the difference.  It’s a larger Arbor too.  Orvis made these reels in two sizes, a 2 and a 4.  What have they got up their sleeve?  Probably a 1 and a 3.  They are a little bit heavier than a comparable Lamson Guru.  But, seventy nine dollars?

Rumor has it that Orvis is coming out with a Made in England by Hardy, Special Edition,  CFO reel.  I think they will be available this Fall.  Daniel said they are going to cost over $600 and only 200 will be made.  He told me he ordered 6 of them.  I think he just wanted to see my reaction.  Luckily, when I hit the floor I didn’t hit my head.

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

Byron Begley
March 13, 2012

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