Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and cool in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was light on the streets when I drove to work.  It is Monday and that is what I would expect.  It is going to be warm today, about 85 degrees.  We will see a cold front move in on Thursday.  High temperatures will be in the 70’s for a few days.  Lows will be in the 50’s.  That is going to be perfect fishing weather.

Little River’s flow is receding.  Today, flow is recorded at 103 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 81 cfs.  There is not a noticeable difference between the two.  The river level is about average for this time of year.

Fishing should be good in the Park.  The water temperature in town was 62 degrees this morning.  It will be cooler than that in the mountains.  It will be sunny today after the fog burns off.  You should concentrate your fly fishing efforts in the shaded areas during the day.  Fishing is best early and late.  Dry flies are working and patterns don’t matter that much right now.  I would use a Olive Elk Hair Caddis or small Yellow Stimulator.  Terrestrials are a good choice.  Try an ant or beetle.  The Green Weenie is good fly to use beneath the surface.  Trout love them.

I have not heard from anyone fishing for smallmouth bass in the lakes or rivers in a few days.  I’m planning to do some of that this week if I can work it in.  Most of my time now is spent analyzing sales numbers and preparing orders for next year.  Yesterday I worked on Tiemco hooks all day.  I will place 12 orders, with monthly pre-scheduled ship dates to get us through 2012.  I have finished Sage, Redington, Fishpond, Simms and Rio.  Now I’m waiting for other sales reps to get the buying programs to me.  Yesterday, on a Sunday, I got a call from Raz Reid.  He is one of our reps. I asked what he was up to and he said “Like you, I’m working on a Sunday”.  Pre-season order deadlines are coming soon.  Everyone in our industry is working hard right now.

The fly fishing business will be in a lull until March in the Southeast.  Out west, business is in high gear.  The northeast was hit hard by flooding.  That hurt the overall fly fishing business in the United States.  Hot and dry conditions made it tough for us in the South this summer. High water in the Rockies caused the selling season to be delayed.   It has been a weird year. And in our business, everything depends on weather.  So far, our business is looking good in September. 

One new product may make a big difference.  It is the Sage “One” fly rod.  I don’t know how it was done but this rod casts extremely well.  I have never cast a rod like it.  We will have plenty of them in two weeks.  We can order one now for you but the bulk of them will arrive in our first pre-season order on October 1st.  It will be good to have something really new and hot. 

Some of the new flies are really interesting.  I am seeing more foam in the catalogs.  I love working with foam on the fly tying bench and many new foam innovations have arrived on the market with more to come.  Unfortunately, I didn’t come up with any of them.  We are always trying to find better ways to confuse fish. That is part of the fun.  That is why fly tying is so much a component of fly fishing.

Fall is a wonderful time to fly fish and those months are here.  Maybe this Fall will bring the anglers out who failed to participate during the hot months. That seems to be happening.   I am one of those anglers.  I hate excessive heat and low water.  Fall is my second favorite time of the year.  The browns will be spawning and the smallies will be actively feeding.  And I will be out there.   

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

Byron Begley
September 12, 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 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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