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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and 61 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I saw Frank, one of our policemen waiting for speeders.  I waved to him, then he waved his radar at me.  Then, when I got to the shop, our Police Chief was setting up the “radar on wheels” close to our store.  I walked over to talk to him and apologize.

On Friday, customers started talking about some guy driving through our parking lot wearing a mask.  They said he was driving slow and looking at cars.  Evidently he had been in the parking lot twice.  One lady took a picture of the back of his van.  So, I pulled out my list of police cell numbers and called the Chief.  He was here in less than five minutes and started interviewing the customers who saw this.

Daniel interrupted us.  He said “I think it was “so and so”.  The more I thought about it, I knew Daniel was right.  “So and so” is a friend, customer and message board contributor.  He is one of the best fly tyers I have ever seen.  He is a funny guy and would do anything for a joke.  So, I gave Ronnie his name in case they found him.  Well, the joke was going to be on “So and so”.  After the police checked his ID, and identified him as the jokester, they said they would give him a hard time just for fun.

Well, Daniel was right.  The Chief thought it was funny.  He told me this morning to call him if anything looks unusual.  I talked to “So and so” and we had a couple of good laughs.  He is a fun guy and of course meant no harm and never thought the authorities would be involved. 

So, that’s my Troutfest story today.  There are many more.

Fishing is excellent in the Park if you can find a place to fish that has not been cast into lately.  I imagine there are not many of those places along the roads.  I talked to a lot of anglers who ventured into the backcountry too.  It is a busy weekend in Townsend and most of the visitors are fly fishermen.

Little River is running at what some people call perfect, 176 cfs.  Median flow for this date is 213 cfs.  The water temperature was 60 degrees at 8:00 am and yesterday it rose to a high of 63.7.  That is good.

Use Yellow Sally Patterns, Light Cahills, #16 Yellow Stimulators, Yellow Elk Hair Caddis or a Yellow Parachute Adams and you should have some fun, especially after the weekend.

We were busy yesterday.  It was one of our largest sales days but it was not a record.  We’ll be busy today too.  Somehow, I ended up in the wader department most of the day.  That’s tough on an old codger like me.  I was on my knees and getting up and down all day.  At one time we had 4 people buying waders or wading boots at the same time.  I was helping three of them and Daniel had another customer in the reel rigging department sitting on a stool trying on wading boots.  It was great but I didn’t eat anything all day and barely swallowed a ½ cup of water.  There were only 6 of us working in the shop.  It was non-stop.  I loved it.  I think we need another bench in the wader department.

It sounds like smallmouth bass fishing is picking up on the tailwaters.  A couple of them were fishing well and a few others were not.  That’s changed.  I’ve got a feeling we’ll find more smallmouth bass on the banks in the lakes too.  I’ll know for sure this week. 

Knuckleheads are selling like hotcakes.  I have dozens of them here in my office and a few dozen are already packaged.  I came up here yesterday to grab some because I noticed one of the pegs was empty. When I walked back down to the shop, a customer told me he “bought me out of Knuckleheads”.  I held up a handful of them.  I told him he would have to buy a lot more than he did to buy us out.  We laughed and I put more out on the pegs.  I also tied a few more last night and brought in a dozen black ones this morning.  Like Jack says, “These fish like two colors”.  “Black and Blacker”. 

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

Byron Begley
May 20, 2012


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