Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining again in Townsend, Tennessee.  The air is clear and the mountains are beautiful.  This weekend is going to be perfect.  It will be cool on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the low 70’s and high 60’s.  There is a chance for rain Friday night and Saturday but not a significant chance.  The water levels should be excellent though probably a little higher than normal. 

Right now Little River looks good but it is still higher than it usually is on this date.  The flow is currently 542 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow on this date is 253 cfs.  The gauge is reading 2.77 feet.  It reached almost 7 feet on Monday after the heavy rain.  Some anglers will consider it high.  Others will love it.   

The water temperature in town is a perfect 58 degrees.  In the mountains it will be a little cooler.  Fishing should be very good today.  Try dry flies with droppers.  The dry patterns I would use are March Browns, Parachute Adams and Yellow Sally Stonefly imitations.  Below that I would drop a Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Tellico or Prince.  With the higher water you might not do as well as usual on dries.  It depends on where you are.  If you feel you need to get deeper and you may, switch to nymphs completely and dredge deeper.  If you want to target larger trout, try streamers. You should encounter a Yellow Sally hatch in the evenings.  Fish until dark. I would fish on the smaller streams.

Bill Bolinger just walked in with some good news.  He and his wife Sheila are handling the ticket sales for the Troutfest Banquet.  As of Monday we had sold exactly the same amount of tickets as we had on the same date last year.  We will make the decision tomorrow on how many we will commit to sell.  We are doing this to let our caterer know how many to feed.  If you have not bought your banquet tickets and intend to, it would be a good idea to do that today or tomorrow.  Next week tickets will be limited and will probably sell out.  We are expecting about 300 people at the banquet.  Last year we sold around 290.  You can call the shop at 877-448-3474, give us a credit card number and we’ll hold your tickets here.  Or, go online HERE to buy them.  After Saturday we won’t be mailing them.  We will hold your tickets here for you to pick up before the banquet.

We were honored with a visit from Bruce Kirchner yesterday.  He is a great guy and brilliant retailer.  We had met before but yesterday was a more informal meeting held in my office.  Bruce is CEO of Far Bank Enterprises.  He is one of the innovators of modern fly fishing.

Bruce and Don Greene were the partners in the original Sage Rod Company.  They developed the rods, brand, dealer network and became a huge success, worldwide.  The company was founded in 1980.  In 1994 Bruce and Don sold the company to the Joshua Green Corporation of Seattle.  Bruce stayed on as President and Don became Vice President of research and development.  Jerry Siem was brought on board as the new rod designer.  The company acquired Redington and Rio Fly Lines and the name was changed to Far Bank Enterprises. 

Bruce lives in Baimbridge Island, Washington where Sage is located.  I really enjoyed hearing his story and getting his perspective on the fly fishing business.  Far Bank is a company that I would refer to as customer friendly.  They are great to deal with if you are a dealer or an end user.  For instance, when you call Sage, a real person answers the phone and they are always helpful.  They stand behind their products too.  That makes our job easier and makes you happier.

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

Byron Begley
May 6, 2010

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