Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is extremely foggy and 50 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I can’t see any mountains in the Great Smokies.  I can barely see the Trillium Cove shopping center right now.  I think this fog beats any we’ve had since winter.  At the river a groundhog was standing in the road.  I stopped to get out and take the water temperature.  He hustled into the woods.  Yesterday I saw a deer and a ton of turkeys around our house.  The young of the year birds look like adults now. 

Little River is looking very good.  The water temperature is 53 degrees now, up 2 degrees from yesterday at this time.  We’ll see the temperature climb some over the next few days.   We are expecting highs in the 80’s each day and lows in the 40’s and 50’s.  It’s going to be nice for a while.

The flow in the river is 94 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 72 cfs.  It’s hard to tell the difference between those two numbers just by looking at the river.  We will see the level drop further as there is no rain forecasted in the near future. 

Fishing will remain good though.  The temperature will be in charge of fishing success.  Dry flies and nymphs will work well in all streams in the Park.  Terrestrials are still out and about dropping in the water and offering the trout a good meal.  I would still prefer a beetle pattern and drop a Green Weenie off of that.  But you can try just about any Smokies reasonable fly and do fine.  Use your favorite pattern.  Use the one you have confidence in.

Robert, our Orvis Reginal Business manager was here yesterday.  They have an exciting offering for 2011.  One new rod I liked is the Accent.  It replaces the TLS.  They are light and crisp.  I thought the 8 weight was awesome.  These rods will be priced at $350 and up.

They are bringing back the Superfine rods.  They looked a lot like the ones I bought and built in the early 80’s.  They are called the Superfine Touch.  The blank is un-sanded, the thread color is the same as the older rods but these are much lighter.  Their actions are perfect for the Smokies.  Prices will start at $475.  For once, in a long time, I want a new rod.  Maybe they will give me one.  Probably not.  They know Daniel makes the decisions so he gets all the free stuff.  I’ll have to buy mine.

The all new Hydros Large Arbor Reel is beautiful and the drag is a masterpiece.  This reel starts at $198, same as the old Large Arbor reel.  But this one is much better.  It is smoother, lighter and has a more powerful drag.  It also looks really good.

The Mid Arbor Reel has been changed too.  Orvis is calling it the Access Mid Arbor.  The reel is lighter than the previous version  and priced the same, starting at $129.

The Safe Passage line of chest packs, backpacks, fanny packs, rod cases, organizers, luggage and you name it looks completely different and is made of stronger material.  The colors will knock you out.  My friend Tim Daughton who works for Orvis and lives in Manchester had this line completely re-designed.  It is going to be hot!

I was supposed to be off yesterday but when I walked into the classroom and saw that huge display of new merchandise spread out around the room I couldn’t help but hang around.  I am impressed with what Orvis has done.  They are going to have a big year.  Making premium rods that are very light with excellent actions at prices under $500 is just what the fly fishing industry needs.  Other rod manufacturers are doing the same thing.  You are going to see $300 and $400 rods that used to cost a lot more than that. 

Anglers are fishing again.  Our business has really picked up.  Ethan told me yesterday he is leaving at 6:00 am this morning and driving to New York with one of his buddies.  They are going to camp and fish for steelhead.  Lucky guy. 

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

Byron Begley
October 8, 2010

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