Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report on this beautiful Sunday morning.  It was 40 degrees when I drove to work.  Well, the time changed.  When I came here this morning it was not dark.  That was nice.  The problem is, when I drive home, it will be dark.  I prefer the former schedule.  Paula thinks the time should change one more time in the amount of 30 minutes, then leave it there. By the way, check out Paula’s food and cooking website by CLICKING HERE.  It is called the Saucy Southerner.  We had those Sausage Hot Puffs last night while we were watching the game.  You can also see what I eat every day.

Little River is running at 83 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.54 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 115 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am is 53 degrees.  There are plenty of leaves in the water.  Little River is tainted with a tannin color, caused by the leaves.  Other than those two negative conditions, the streams are in pretty good shape.

It is going to be cool for a couple of nights then warm back up Wednesday.  We are expecting rain Wednesday and Thursday.

Fly fishing in the Smokies is excellent right now.  “The trout are biting”. They are taking nymphs well but you should be able to coax some to the surface with a properly presented dry fly.  I would probably use nymphs.  We do see some midges on the water this time of year.  I’ve had great luck with a simple small cream dry fly over the years.  They saved the trip for me at Cataloochee years ago.  Other colors will work too. 

I would use good old standard dry flies or some of the newer patterns with rubber legs.  One of Josh’s clients landed a beautiful 23 inch brown yesterday.  They were here at closing time last night showing us the photos.  I know of one other brown trout caught during the past week that was 23 to 24 inches.  I have seen pictures of plenty in the 14 to 18 inch range this week.  Man, they are colored up and ready to spawn. 

So, what am I going to do this week?  I’m going deer hunting.  I’ll be with some buddies and do not intend to hunt.  I’m going to relax by the fire.  Paula and I just stored a deer in one of the freezers this week.  We have friends who hunt but harvest more than they can eat.  We have the deer processed which costs about $75.  We do the same thing with lamb.  We love lamb.  We buy whole lamb from 4H students and have them processed.  The kids get their investment back and raise more next year. 

The store remodel is going well.  Some customers think we have reduced the inventory in our store.  Actually, we have not.  We just added several hundred square feet of display space and spread things out.  That was our intention.  We want to make it easier to find tackle, gear and fly tying materials.  We plan to make the shopping experience easier.

We just got in a ton of new tying materials.  Once we finish that new department and find out how much room we have, we’ll order some more new items.  We will gradually sell out slow movers and replace them with new merchandise or go deeper in the best selling materials. 

This is the beginning of “fly tying season”.  We kicked it off yesterday with a free fly tying demonstration featuring Walter Babb.  We had a pretty good turnout despite it being a beautiful day to go fishing.  Our fly tying classes are about to begin as well.  CLICK HERE to see the class schedule and the Free Fly Tying Demonstrations that are planned from now through February.

Hugh Hartsell is tying next Saturday.  He is a former guide.  He is also an excellent Smokies trout fly tyer.  Hugh has many of his own patterns that have proven over time to work well.  He sells his flies online.  He will be tying between 10 am and 2 pm.  The demonstration is free.  Just show up. 

It is bookkeeping day for me again.  I do it every Sunday.  First I do yesterday’s deposit and make the journal entries.  Then comes payroll.  Next is the payroll tax deposit.  Then I enter new invoices and pay those that are due in 10 days.

Please remember that we are open every Sunday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  We do that all year.  I think Daniel and Paul will be working today.  I have nothing to do with the staff schedule. 

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.  Enjoy fly fishing today.  It is going to be a beautiful one.

Byron Begley
November 3, 2013

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