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

Welcome to the Fishing Report and a good Sunday morning to you.  It is cloudy and 67 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The dim forest is gradually becoming lighter as the sun begins to rise over Cades Cove.  The forest is quiet and foggy.  It is a beautiful early morning.  I am at home.

Little River is flowing at about normal for this date, 115 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.58 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 120 cfs.  The water temperature at 7 am is 66.5 degrees.

There is a slight chance for thunderstorms today, a better chance tomorrow and the normal afternoon scattered storms will be possible through the week.  It is going to be fairly warm today and tomorrow, then the heat will rise to near 90 by Thursday.  We’ll see plenty of cloud cover this week. 

Fishing is good in the Smoky Mountains, especially in the higher elevations where the water is chilly.  Dry flies should work fine.  The trout are eager to eat if you are fishing streams with low temperatures.  Temperatures are fine almost everywhere right now, but later you may want to find your way up the mountains.

Anglers have had a great Summer for the most part.  Water levels have been good.  Water temperatures have been cool.  We are seeing a lot of fisherman activity this August, more than usual.

I mentioned yesterday that we held a fly tying class.  I was wrong.  The Intermediate Fly Tying Class will be held next Saturday.  Sorry for the confusion. 

Our Sage, Fishpond and Rio sales rep was in this week.  He told me the lodges in Alaska are having a great year.  People are traveling more this year according to him.  We see it too.  Business is good.  We are talking to a lot of fishermen who are going to the Rockies this Summer and to Alaska.  In a couple of months, we will be talking to people who are traveling to the Gulf of Mexico, from Louisiana to Florida.  After the water cools there, fishing gets good. 

All the new fishing gear is coming out soon, some right now. Sage has some awesome new rods.  Fishpond has a great new lineup of gear.  Rio has new low-stretch fly lines.

My initial thought about low stretch fly lines was, you will get more hookups with fish.  When you set the hook, you will have a tighter connection between your rod and the fly, like strip striking.   

I guess that is true.  It makes sense.  Evidently, the overwhelming benefit is not hooking fish, it is improving your cast.  These lines won’t stretch when you are loading your fly rod, so you don’t lose energy due to line stretch.  I never realized my fly line was stretching when I am casting.  I think it would be hard for me to tell.  I know it would.  I don’t even look. 

Many of Rio’s new fly lines are made using this new low-stretch technology.  So, they must be on to something.  Formulas, models, calculations and algorithms play into our daily lives, even designing fishing tackle.  I hope we don’t have to talk about algorithms on the stream bank.  That would take the fun out of it for me.

I like watching fish eat a fly and the beautiful surroundings.  I prefer to leave all this scientific stuff to the scientists and just take their word for it. 

Well, we’ve got fly tyers coming from long distances to demonstrate and talk to people about their fishing experiences in November at Fly Tyers Weekend.  We have 39 people lined up for you to meet so far and there are probably more to come.

Fly Tyers Weekend is not a new event.  It has just been put on hold for a few years.  You can read more about it on the web pages I’m working on by clicking on the link below the ad. 

The event is free.  People should show up.  That’s what we are hoping for.  And, if not enough people attend, the event could fail and not come back.  We want this to be an annual event and grow over time.

So, the pressure is on me to get the word out.  If the word gets out, people will come.  The fly tying demonstrators will be happy and the event will continue for years.  And, it will grow.

Early November is a great time to be here.  The leaf lookers have thinned out.  History tells us, the trees have shed their colorful leaves in the high elevation mountains.  The weather is usually good, cool at night and mild during the day.  That’s not always the case but it usually is.

Fishing can be excellent. 

So, this is a big test.  I had our artist come up with the logo below.  You will be seeing that often.  I hope many of you can be here for Fly Tyers Weekend, November 8th and 9th.

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

Byron Begley
August 17, 2014

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