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 54 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I am loving this!  Today is going to be another beautiful one.  The high temperature is supposed to be 79 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

Little River is beautiful too.  Right now she is flowing at 139 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.77 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 74 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 61 degrees.

I don’t know how you could ask for better fishing conditions in the Smoky Mountains in September.  The water is fairly low but not a low as normal.  Heck, it’s almost twice normal.  And, look at the water temperature.  Trout are going to be active even in the lowest elevations. 

Fishing is good.  I talked to some anglers yesterday.  But, good seems to be sporadic.  Its good at times and slow at times.  Fishing is usually that way, at least for me.  I think the fishing will be best early and late.

Try dry flies.  Make them a Neversink, Stimulator or foam beetle.  Most important right now is using a dry fly that you can see.  You will still need to be stealthy to avoid being spotted by the trout.  They won’t be feeding in the slow pools during the daylight hours when we are allowed to fish in the Smokies.  You will find them more eager to play in the faster water, water that is choppy where the trout feel less vulnerable to predators.

Make short casts and by all means, get a good drift.  You should have a good day fishing in the Smokies today.

I bet the lakes are cooling down some.  I’ll find out Wednesday.  Fishing has been slow on the lakes for fly fishermen, what few of us there are.  That’s what I’m hearing.

Everybody is talking about the vegetation growth in the lakes.  It seems to be happening everywhere around here.  Most fishermen are welcoming the cover.  The fishing for bass is better now according to some of our customers.  That is especially true on the Tennessee River lakes.  I’m seeing a lot more grass beds on the Little Tennessee River lakes too.  Is it due to more nutrients or the lack of spraying that was done years ago to eliminate aquatic vegetation?  I don’t know.

Daniel put some Waterworks Lamson reels on sale yesterday.  You can see them on our Online Store by CLICKING HERE.  I guess Lamson is doing away with the Litespeed and the Velocity.  I just looked in our sale outlet and the Velocity Nickle Reels are not showing up with a sale price.  Daniel is off today and I don’t know what he has planned but I think that is a mistake.  The Litespeeds are 22% off and the regular Velocity is 25% off.  I would say the nickel versions of the Velocity will be on sale tomorrow.

I am a huge fan of Lamson reels.  Recent market research indicates Lamson is now the best selling reels in fly shops.  I’m not sure if that is in dollars or units.  The research was done last year by AFFTA.  I am going by memory so that is a dangerous thing.

I spent most of the day yesterday making full color signs for the new rod department.  These signs show the weight and price of each of our best selling rods.  I listed the pros and cons of each rod.  Actually, I don’t remember typing any “cons”. 

One thing is for sure, expensive fly rods are lighter than the lower priced rods.  Some expensive rods may cast better.  I know of several lower priced rods that cast extremely well.  And, there are lower priced rods that are light too.  Nothing feels better in your hands than a Sage One or a Orvis Helios.  They are nice.  But, the last rod I bought is a Temple Fork BVK.  It is very light, casts well and sells for $225 (I’m relying on my memory again).  I checked to keep myself out of trouble.  They are $225 until you get to the 7 weight and above.  I think there is a 6 weight with a fighting butt that may be a little more.

Anyway, the new rod department is going to be full of information that will be useful for you to make a buying decision or just to learn more about fly rods.

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

Byron Begley
September 15, 2013

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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