Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cool and foggy in Townsend.  I thought Summer was over until I worked in the sun yesterday on our boat.  It was hot and it’s going to be that way for a few days.  It’s won’t piping hot like we experienced this Summer but it is still going to be warmer than average.  The nights will be somewhat cool so the fishing should be good.  It is quiet in town today, just like yesterday.

Little River looks good this morning.  The flow is a little below normal.  Right now the flow is 58 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 79 cfs.  The water temperature in town is 64 degrees.

The cooler water temperatures have really helped the fishing success of fly anglers.  I got an e-mail from Guide Sean McKay yesterday.  He reported excellent fishing especially in the afternoons.  He and his clients are using terrestrials, Stimulators and Green Weenies.  YOU CAN VISIT HIS WEBSITE HERE.  Sean sends me a report when the fishing is really good.  I appreciate that.

We have a chance for rain tomorrow.  That would be nice.  And, that will make for better fishing if it happens.

Daniel and I are working on pre-season orders for next year.  The fly fishing industry considers next year starting in October.  One of the big decisions we have to make is picking large fly orders and making a commitment.  We have two major fly suppliers, Umpqua and Holly.  To achieve good pricing we commit to 1,800 units.  A unit is usually a dozen flies.  Some of the larger flies come in a unit of ½ dozen.  Those are bass and saltwater flies.  But for the most part, our pre-season order is about 20,000 flies.  As we sell those we start placing fill-in orders.  Since we made the commitment for the pre-season order, we get the same price for the fill-in orders. 

A lot of people buy our flies online or call the shop and order them.  That is one reason we sell so many, buy so many and offer them at a good price.

We do the same thing with Tiemco hooks.  The Tiemco importer is Unpqua.  We stock most of the Tiemco hooks, keep them stocked well and if we are out it often means our supplier is out.  I will write an order for 10 shipments of hooks for next year.  It will amount to several thousand dollars.  Again, that keeps our costs reasonable.  We have been a large Tiemco dealer for a long time, one of the largest.  I like Gamakatsu and Mustad hooks and use them for a lot of flies.  I jammed a Gamakatsu hook into my thumb this morning.  But, by far, Tiemco is the preferred hook from our customers. 

I got to cast the new Sage VXP.  I liked it a lot.  I think it is similar to the older XP and it seems like the V could stand for Vintage.  Who knows?  Probably only Sage.  This rod will sell for around $485 and up.  We are seeing a lot of new premium rods in the $350 to $500 range.  The Sage brand falls under the company name Far Bank.  Far Bank also owns Rio and Redington.  That is a huge advantage for us.  We can place an order from all three companies and they will be shipped together from Washington State.  That will save us a lot of shipping charges.  This is the first year they will all be shipped from the same location. 

I’m going to City Hall and do some Townsend work this morning so I better run.

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

Byron Begley
September 15, 2010

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