Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It feels good in Townsend this morning.  The temperature is 60 degrees and there is a light breeze.  Get ready.  Get out your fleece.  One weather site thinks the temperature will dip to 37 degrees Saturday night with a high in the low 60’s during the day.  Another weather site thinks the low will be 41 degrees.  Either way, it is going to be cool. 

There was a huge flock of turkeys in the orchard early.  I drove as close as 50 feet to two of them.  Most of the birds looked to be young.  Now that it is deer hunting time we won’t see the deer.  Turkeys will be out everywhere except in the counties where there is a Fall turkey season.  How do they know?   

Little River is clear and getting cooler.  The temperature was 63 degrees at 7:45 am.  We’ll see that number drop this weekend.  That will be good for trout fishing in the Park.  The water level is low though.  Flow right now is 63 cubic feet per second compared to median flow of 92 cfs for this date.  There is no rain in the forecast for the next few days.

So, use 6X tippet, stay low, blend in, fish the choppy water and get a good drift.  Dry flies will be easier to use.  You can see them, sometimes.  Maybe some of you can see them most of the time.  This week, your enemy will be low water.  Water temperature will be your friend.  And the conditions for humans this weekend will be perfect.

I imagine we’ll have freezing temperatures in the high elevations unless there is some kind of phenomenon that causes the lower elevation temperatures to be cooler than the high mountains.  I think that is called a temperature inversion.  That has happened before.  But, I would still expect it to freeze way up there.  If you are backpacking take some warm clothes. 

I would fish the larger streams and do it early or late when the sun is off the water.  This cold front will bring some wind on Friday but the rest of the weekend looks really good.

Yesterday was my day off and I did not go fishing.  I stayed home and mostly tied Stillwater Stealth Bombers.  I did figure out one thing.  Black foam is not as dense as the other colors, therefore it absorbs water and does not float as well.  Also, whether you buy the foam from us or Hobby Lobby I think it’s the same.  Black just does not float as well no matter where it comes from.  It probably all comes from the same place in China.

I have noticed that products made in China are getting more expensive.  I don’t know how they have managed their currency, to hold prices down with their inflation problems. But it appears those days are may be over.  Some Chinese produced sunglasses we sell are going up 25% next year.  So, we’re looking for an alternative to sell.  Maybe that alternative will be made in America.  I hope so.  Maybe we’ll start making more stuff to sell in America. 

I am.  I’m making a few Stillwater Stealth Bombers while I’m listening to CNN at night.  And why not?  I can make a fly that has a material cost of less than 50 cents and sell it for $2.95, which is less than we sell the comparable imported fly for.  Of course, I’m cutting out the “Middle Man”.  And, I’m doing something with my hands to make stuff.  I think it kind of cool.  We can’t buy this particular fly anywhere.  The only way you can get one is make it yourself or buy one made in America.  I may change the name to “American Pie”. 

Speaking of CNN, Erin Burnett’s new show makes it’s debut Monday night at 7:00 pm Eastern time.  I will be watching.  I don’t know why for sure.  Maybe she is just a good reporter.  Maybe it’s the perfect time slot for me.  Maybe the content will be interesting. I wonder how many American Pies I’ll get tied during the show. 

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

Byron Begley
September 29, 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 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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