Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  This is a beautiful day in Townsend, Tennessee.  The sun is shining and the Great Smoky Mountains are clearly in view.  Our town is fairly busy.  Visitors and local people are here to enjoy this great Fall weather and scenery. 

Little River looks perfect.  Flow is currently 217 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 78 cfs. The water is very clear.  River’s in the Park take on a brownish hue when leaves fall into the water.  After the leaves flush out the water gets clear again.  Colder water is clearer too.  That is because water loses it’s ability to hold suspended solids.  That holds true in lakes and the ocean.  Algae bloom also makes water more cloudy during the hot months. 

Fishing is good for some and excellent for others.  I guess it depends on where you are and what type of fly fishing you are doing.  I would start the day fishing with nymphs down deep.  As the water warms I would switch to a dry fly.  Streamers can also be very effective on larger brown trout.  People keep asking me if the browns are “pairing up” to spawn.  There have been some sightings that would indicate that.  But the full blown spawn is usually later than right now.  Jack told me last night he wants to come by the shop and take me somewhere to show me something.  I’m sure it’s a big fish he has spotted. 

Lots of anglers are fishing this weekend.  I wish I could go now but I did go Friday on the lake with Paula.  So, you all will be out there fishing and I’ll be inside on this beautiful day ordering fly tying materials.  We are in a material ordering cycle that is constantly in motion.  An order from Wapsi, our largest tying material supplier takes almost a day to process.  They get the order, fill it then we have it a week later.  Receiving the order in our computer system and putting hundreds of items out for you to buy takes a day or two.  Then, another new order is placed immediately.  We have to package the thread and other spooled items.  That takes a lot of time.

We do have an alternative plan we use that speeds up the process during the heavy fly tying material months.  We have the materials shipped 2nd day air.  We’ll start that soon.  It sounds expensive but on the larger weekly orders that may cost $1,000 or more the shipping doesn’t amount to much per item.  Feathers and strike indicators don’t weigh much.  Head cement does.  But, you can’t ship had cement by air anyway.  It’s flammable.  Fly tying materials is an interesting business that takes a lot of personnel tenacity.  Maybe that’s why fly tying materials are hard to find.  Not many stores want to fool with it.  We like fly tying and selling the stuff to do it with.  It has been an important component of our business model for years. 

So, I’m on Ultra Chenille right now.  Better get to work.

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

Byron Begley
October 31, 2010

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