Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy this morning in Townsend.  And it is not foggy which is rare.  Traffic was light earlier.  Frank was sitting in his cruiser checking the traffic with his radar gun.  He can tall how fast someone is going without that device.  I’ve seen him do it.  In training he has proven he can do it.  The Chief even talks about it.  Frank is a former Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper.  He has lots of experience.  He waved as I drove by doing 5 miles per hour below the speed limit.

Little River looks great.  There are still very few leaves in the water.  Last night, plenty of them fell on my truck.  The water is clear and a little warmer today, 49 degrees.  Flow is 167 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 114 cfs.  We have a 50% chance for rain this afternoon.  I think today would be a good day to go fishing.  I like the cloud cover I’m seeing.  After today it is going to get colder with lows in the 30’s at night starting tomorrow night.  Highs will be in the 50’s until Sunday.

Fishing is decent.  There are some hungry browns out there for those of you with patience.  Nymphs would be my choice.  Give them weight and drag the bottom.  Dry flies might work too.  Try a Blue Wing Olive.  For the big guys, use a big nymph.

The water temperature is going to drop some over the next few days.  Today and tomorrow will be fine.  Trout quit feeding well when the water reaches 40 degrees.  The one exception is post spawn brown trout.  Stocked rainbows don’t seem to mind the cold water as much as the wild fish do.  I don’t have any idea why but that is been my experience.  TWRA usually stocks some very large brood trout in Little River.  Sometimes they bring them in late November.  They can be over 20” in length and I have caught them in very cold water.  They don’t fight great but they are big and fun to catch. 

I was not impressed with the smallmouth fishing yesterday afternoon.  I got skunked in a spot at the other end of town where that rarely happens.  I went down there at 3:00 pm to try a new fly I’m working on and fished for about an hour.  I refer to the fly as a Knucklehead.  It is a foam fly, something between a Stealth Bomber and a Chernobyl Ant.  The wing is almost vertical so you can see the fly.  Sometimes the fly would tip over on it’s side.  I think the wing is too long.  And the fly didn’t float as well as I had hoped.  It did fine in the water bowl on my fly tying bench.  So last night, I enlarged the head and then eventually made the whole body to the bend out of four layers of foam.

I’m using black foam which does not float as well as yellow or chartreuse.  I noticed that this Summer.  At first I thought the lack of buoyancy was due to the fact I bought inferior foam.  Later, I found it didn’t matter where you buy it.  It’s the same stuff.  It probably all comes from the same factory in China.  The black is not as dense as the other colors.  You can tell when you cut it.  I will keep working on the fly, tie up a gross of them this Winter and try them in the Spring.  If they catch bass like I think they will I’ll sell them and tie more.  If not, I will have a bunch of worthless flies.  I don’t think that will happen.  If this fly float well and upright, it will catch the smallies.

We got in a big hook shipment yesterday.  It included the new Umpqua lower priced hooks.  Umpqua is also the importer of Tiemco hooks.  And those are excellent hooks.  But their prices went up twice in the past two months.  I think that is due to the problems caused by the earthquake in Japan, the higher price of steel there, and the exchange rate of the Yen against the dollar.  These new hooks are made in Korea.  I can’t find anything online that even comes close to a complaint.  What I’m reading is accolades favorable to the price.  A normal trout hook in this lineup sells for $5.75 per 50.   They will be out and ready for you to buy today.  Since they are new I will have to scan in the new barcodes for each size and model. 

I really like the bass hooks.  But, it’s hard to beat a Gamakatsu B10 S.

Walter is here getting ready for the first beginner fly tying class to be held Saturday.  I think we may have some openings so if you are interested, give us a call.

I better get to work.

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

Byron Begley
November 9, 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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