Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy in town and I can see fog following the path of the river through town.  It is really a beautiful morning here.  Traffic was light early.  Yesterday evening there were plenty of vehicles on the roads.  People are not out yet but they will be soon.

Little River looks fantastic.  A small storm formed right over Townsend and the Little River watershed yesterday afternoon.  We could see on the radar that I was tiny but strong.  Rain, lightning and wind persisted for about an hour.  That little cell just hovered over us.  We got an inch of rain during that period.  Anglers came in the shop and waited it out.

At one point last night the flow gauge indicated a reading of 2.6 feet.  This morning it is down to 2.24 feet.  Water is traveling through town at a rate of 291 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 128 cfs.  The water is stained in town.  I bet it is perfect in the Park.  There is an 80% chance for more thunderstorms today. 

It is going to cool off.  The high today should be 85 degrees.  We’ll see low temperatures at night in the 60’s.  And the weekend looks perfect for mid-July.  There should be plenty of cooler water in the streams.

Today would be a great one for fishing in the Park.  Stay close to the truck because some of these storms may slip in fast and furious.  If there is some color in the water up there, you will experience excellent angling conditions.  Watch out for flash floods and high winds.

You might want to use large nymphs or streamers of some sort.  It’s hard to beat a Wooly Bugger, preferably black.  More rain may increase the turbidity.  That’s good unless the water looks like chocolate milk.  Big browns will be on the move early and late.  Depending on the weather, this evening could make your day.

If the storms don’t materialize you should find some great dry fly fishing this evening.  Try Beetles, ants and Yellow Sally stonefly patterns.  If the storms do show up, go to streamers, large nymphs, Green Weenies or San Juan Worms. 

I’m looking forward to this weekend.  I bet we are going to be busy.  The store is stocked well.  I’ve been ordering and receiving merchandise from early in the morning until after we close.  There is one thing that we are still out of.  We have no Frog’s Fanny.  We can’t get it.  I talked to Jerry, who owns the company week before last.  His problem is the lack of bottles.  That happens to him about once a year.  When he is out, everyone is out.

I got an e-mail from Tom Whiting yesterday.  His company, Whiting Farms has had an odd year.  The cause is, the fashion industry and it’s customers decided they like to have saddle hackle in their hair.  That fad has pretty much wiped out the saddle hackle supply worldwide.  To discourage people from buying what little saddle hackle we can get, we doubled the price.  If a fly tyer comes in and wants to buy some, we give them half off.

Now, Whiting has developed what they call a Fashion Pack.  In it are 16 assorted feathers that will sell for $40.  Can you believe that?  People will buy those feathers then re-sell them online at auction for a lot more.

Each dealer will be allotted 20 packs.  To keep up with orders Whiting will not be taking phone calls between July 18th and the 22nd so their people working there can concentrate on filling orders.

I just don’t know if we’ll jump on the fashion feather bandwagon.  After all, it is like feeding the fire that got us into this mess in the first place.  We are not a beauty salon supplier, we are a fly shop.

I guess Tom and his folks are raising chickens as fast as they can right now.  And, when this fad dies, there will probably be a lot of chicken feathers in the world looking for a home, hopefully on a fly tying desk or a Parachute Adams.

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

Byron Begley
July 15, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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