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 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I saw quite a few people and vehicles on my way to work.  I saw Ronnie, our Police Chief at the Parkway Market.  There were quite a few vehicles heading home, going back to the real world.  I’ve been in the real world this holiday weekend, here at work.

We didn’t get any rain in Townsend yesterday.  However, scattered storms dumped some rain in the Little River watershed.  The river rose yesterday afternoon but it is receding now.  It didn’t rise much.

Flow right now is 145 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.79 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 81 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 69.5 degrees.

This heat wave is about over.  Night temperatures are going to drop into the low 60’s beginning tomorrow night.  Highs will be in the mid 80’s.  It may rain today and tonight, then we’ll see blue skies for a couple of days.  The average high temperature for this week is 80 to 81 degrees.  The average low is in the mid 50’s.  So, we are warmer than normal.

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains has been really good.  The water is a little higher than normal.  That helps.  We have had some overcast skies.  That works in our favor.  The water is still low enough that you have to be stealthy.  You need to hide from the trout.

One fellow came in yesterday and said the fishing was slow for him.  We discussed the fact that he should be wearing a darker shirt and hat for blending in with the forest.

Next, Ray came in.  Ray lives near us in Dry Valley.  He grew up here.  Ray came up to my office dressed in full camouflage. His camo hat even had those three dimensional leaves sticking out from his hat.  He said the fishing was great.  His 80 year old father caught quite a few fish too.

I’ll tell you something folks, these local guys know what they are doing.  Not all of them wear camo clothing but they dress in colors that blend in.  They catch trout, lots of trout. 

David came by yesterday.  I think he said he caught over 20 trout one day during the past week. Of course there is Charlie’s great day last week, he caught 76 trout in one day.  That was one of those days.

I’m seeing smiles from most anglers.  Fishing in the Smokies is good.

I would use a dry and dropper or fish a weighted Green Weenie.  The dry could be a Nevesink, Yellow Stimulator, Parachute Adams, Parachute Light Cahill or any large fly that will hold up a small nymph. By large I mean a #14 or larger.  Also, you might just use a small Neversink #16 alone without a dropper.  I would fish in the higher elevations such as upper Tremont, Elkmont or higher than that because the water is fairly warm in the low elevations.

I spent the day yesterday making journal entries, running payroll, entering payables and printing checks to vendors.  That’s what I do every Sunday.  I do a cash flow analysis including future cash forecasts. 

Today I will be ordering fly tying materials.  I started a Wapsi order on Saturday.  August was yet another banner month in the fly tying department.  I don’t know why.  I get everything stocked and away it goes, quickly.  It doesn’t make sense.  This is late summer.  The fly tying business is much better in the winter months. 

We moved our fly rods downstairs about two or three weeks ago.  Our fly rod business was way up in August.  I don’t know if that is the reason but time will tell.  The rods have been up stairs for 9 ½ years.  We expect a good increase.

I designed some banners that will be hung from the walls in the rod department.  Each banner features a brand logo.  There will be 18 of these banners.  I sent the data files to the printer this weekend.  They will load them down tomorrow.  These will be rigid banners with a film of non-glare material adhered to the front of each one.  We have new lighting to put in the rod department.  We are thinking about adding carpet or rugs in the department to give it color and texture.

Hey, Rob Fightmaster of Fightmaster Fly Fishing is running a special for guided trips that are booked today, tomorrow or Wednesday.  If you book a trip, during these three days, he will donate 30% to Friends of the Smokies.  You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.  Get in touch with Rob and book during this period, and you will be benefiting Friends and yourself.  You don’t have to take the trip now, just book it.  I bet Rob is near his phone right now.  You can also purchase a gift certificate for a friend and that will count too.  He’s a great guide and good friend of ours. You will enjoy your day with Rob. I think this is a great promotion.  His phone number is 865-607-2886.

Well, it’s back to the real world for me.  I guess writing this report is a big part of my world.  This is one of the best parts of my job.  Everyone seems to appreciate the effort.

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

Byron Begley
September 2, 2013

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