Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  All of a sudden our town is active.  Last night when I drove home there was a steady stream of RV’s coming in.  There were huge motorhomes, travel trailers, pop-ups and probably tents stowed away in other vehicles.  It is cool living in an area where thousands of people can camp all at once.  If you count all our our campgrounds and those at Cades Cove or Elkmont, we are a camper destination like no other. 

On my way to work I noticed a large yard sale setting up at Campground Methodist Church.  The fog obscured the people, I’m sure I know most of them. They were busy setting up and waiting for the sun to start the business rolling.  At the river there were no fishermen.  I took the water temperature then drove to the shop.  At Ronnie’s house, our Police Chief it looked like he was having a yard sale too.  I bet that would be a good one.  He likes fishing, boats and guns. He is a man after my own heart.  We can always find something to talk about.

Little River is low.  Today the flow is 46 cubic feet per second.  Median flow is 74 cfs for this date based on 46 years of data.  The water temperature was 58 degrees at about 7:45 am. 

Fishing has been good despite the low water.  The temperature is making those trout feel good and hungry.  I am taking back my recent advice to fish early and late.  Reports from the guides and customers indicate good feeding activity during the middle of the day.  Josh was with a client on Thursday and they found a sulphur hatch and trout feeding on them.  That’s unusual this time of year.  His client caught a nice brown and several others on a sulphur comparadun.  Josh took two clients yesterday to the same area, and the mayflies were not hatching. 

Dry flies are working well but you should consider a nymph as a dropper.  Remember, the water is low and you need to take the same stance when approaching and fishing these streams. I would use a Yellow Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, small Stimulator (probably orange or yellow) and maybe a beetle.  For the nymph I would pick a Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Tellico Nymph or Prince.  Heck, anything might work.  Most important is stealth and getting a good drift.

We were busy re-arranging the shop yesterday.  I put the new Sage “One” rods out.  What we have now are 4 weight through 7 weight rods.  These rods are “Nice”.  One thing I noticed, the rod tubes are smaller than a comparable rod.  That is because these rods have a smaller diameter than any I’ve seen in the same length and line weight.  And they cast extremely well.  They are light.  The prices vary but start at $715.  These are Sage’s new top of the line rods.  They have some that are more expensive but the “One” is going to be, well #1 in their line this season, no doubt about that. 

We’re putting out all the new Fishpond pieces.  I have an electrician lined up to come in and together we’ll install some new lighting in the wader department which has been moved.

Orvis has some great new gear coming to your favorite fly shop but you will have to wait until early next  year.  That gives us some time to pick out what we want to carry.

Our shop looks a lot different that it did 6 months ago and it is different.  It’s better.

Next Saturday the “Paws to the Rescue” will be held again in Townsend.  This is the coolest thing.  It was held last year and I knew nothing about it.  I kept looking out my window all day and saw what appeared to be hundreds of people walking their dogs.  “Paws to the Rescue” is a fundraiser held to benefit the Blount County SPCA and ARFnets.  Don’t ask me what those acronyms describe but I do know it is good for dogs and cats.  Listen to this!  Amy told me yesterday that they drive trucks full of dogs to Minneapolis where there is a shortage of adoptable animals.  She said there are as many as 30 dogs riding in a truck from here to the Midwest taking a 30 hour trip.  It takes that long because they have to stop and let the dogs be good boys and girls.  Imagine that!

Like last year, our store is a watering stop.  I hope the weather is good and you should come here and see this event.  This year, I know what’s going on.  We will be handing out Pawprint Stickers to participants.  I wonder if our cat “Dubbing” would like to participate?  He has never experienced a leash and he hates dogs.  Probably not a good idea.  If I made him do that he might start biting me again.   

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

Byron Begley
October 8, 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 October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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