Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Yep, you guessed it.  It is sunny and warm in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  There were quite a few cars on the streets this morning.  We’re in the height of tourist season.  Families are on vacation.  Business around town seems brisk.  It’s been so darned hot, a lot of people are staying inside.  That will continue until the weekend.  We’ll see temperatures a little on the cool side and maybe some rain this weekend.

The rivers and streams in the Smokies continue to drop.  The water is warm too.  I can’t say much good about the fishing.  If you go, fish early and late, seek high elevation streams and fish the shaded riffles.  It’s not going to be easy.  The trout are spooky.  I talked to a guide yesterday who is using 7X tippet. 

The lakes are fishing fairly well but they are crowded.  Again, I would fish early in the morning or late in the day until dark, if anything, to avoid the boaters and jet skis. 

The tailwaters are fishing fine.  That’s probably what I would do right now, go to my favorite tailwater.  It’s going to be hot during the day but the water temperatures should be fine. 

Business continues to be excellent at the shop.  I did find out yesterday that a fly shop in Knoxville closed.  That came to me from a reliable source.  I’ve seen a lot more new customers and former customers returning lately.  The local customers are something we watch closely.  Maybe the closing of this shop is the reason we are seeing a surge.  Maybe our increase has nothing to do with that shop.  I hate to hear this news though.  The manager is a friend of mine.

I talked to Bill Reed yesterday.  Bill is Director of Wholesale at Orvis.  He lives in Manchester, Vermont.  He’s a great guy and we have become friends since he joined Orivs.  I knew him before that when he was Sales Manager at Cortland.

Bill and Orvis have been super supportive of Troutfest.  He serves on our steering committee.  Yesterday we discussed business for a while then we started talking about Troutfest 2011.  It is our goal to have Tom Rosenbauer at Troutfest next year.  Tom is in charge of all marketing and catalogs at Orvis.  But, he has also written some 20 or more fly fishing books and they are all outstanding.  Bill said Tom just finished a new book on fishing small streams.  Anyway, we got Tom to pencil in Troutfest.  He gives great seminars and we would sell a ton of his books at the Troutfest Store.  We make a lot of money at our event by selling books. 

I like Tom a lot and I hope he’ll be here next Spring.  I bet he does come.  As far as I know Lefty Kreh and Joe Humphreys will be back.  I don’t know about Bob Clouser but I bet he will be here too. 

Lets all hope we’ll get some rain and cooler temps. 

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

Byron Begley
July 7, 2010

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