Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and fairly warm this morning, 45 degrees.  Traffic was light on my way to work.  The restaurants were not busy and the motel parking lots were for the most part vacant.  It will be this way until Thanksgiving.  Then the crowd will be back. 

Little River looks great.  The flow gauge website is down so I’m leaving yesterday’s numbers on the dashboard because they are pretty close.  We got a little rain yesterday and the river rose about an inch but it is back down almost exactly where it was yesterday morning.  We still have more water in the river than normal for this date. 

Fishing is good.  Many local folks are fishing.  I talked to Jack yesterday.  He decided not to go on our deer hunt in Kentucky this week.  He had things to do.  I can assure you his things to do list includes harassing the brown trout.  This is his favorite time of the year to fish in the Park.  Walter was here yesterday preparing for the fly tying class to be held on Saturday.  He said, “November is an excellent time to fish here and not many people know it”.  That is true.  You might not catch the numbers of fish unless the water is warm.  But your chances for catching a really large trout are at the highest level.  This is peak time for brown trout fishing. 

The water was warmer this morning than it has been lately.  It was 51 degrees.  We’ve got some cold nights ahead.  The low tonight should be 28 degrees here and 24 degrees where I will be sleeping outside in Kentucky at the camp.

I would use nymphs.  I would get them down deep.  The pattern is not as important as getting them down to where the trout are on the bottom of the stream.  They might start feeding on Blue Wing Olives.  If they do, lower your tippet size and tie on a dry.  Otherwise, go deep.

Fly tying materials are arriving.  We stoke up the fly tying department this time of year and that gets us through the slow months.  That department takes up a lot of space and time.  I have a passion for that department.  I have turned it over to people in the past but I usually get it back.  There are some boring aspects for sure.  I spent a few hours this week packaging thread.  We use our own packaging so the thread stays clean and we can scan the barcode to keep track of our sales and inventory.  Keeping spooled products in stock is not an easy job. And like I said, it is boring.

I’m going to be at the hunting camp in Kentucky for a few days.  Some of my friends there date back over 50 years.  Somehow we have stayed together though some of us live over 100 miles from the others.  We call this get-together a deer hunt.  Actually only three of the seven will hunt.  I don’t want to spend time sitting in the woods alone all day when I can be with my buddies.  We will laugh, eat, drink, cook and laugh some more. 

Frank owns the farm and buildings.  Becker and I usually sleep on the upstairs porch.  I may move my cot inside close to the heat stove on this trip.  This cabin requires five creek crossings to get there.  I don’t mean that you cross over the creek on a bridge.  You have to drive through the creek.  There is no electricity.  It would cost a fortune to get it there. 

But, we have two water tanks on the hill above the cabin and barn so there is running water.  Frank hauls water to fill the tanks from his home.  We have hot water too, for the shower.  A propane tank takes care of that.  We have electric lights with wall switches and fixtures.  They run on a bank of huge 6 volt batteries.  We also have propane lights in the cabin.  There is a propane stove and oven.  The refrigerator is powered by propane.  The cabin has two bedrooms, a living room and a wood stove to provide heat.  Outside is a level place with a fire pit.  The floor of the space is gravel.  We spend a lot of time out there in our chairs.  The view is unbelievable from the cabin.  There is a porch on the lower level and another on the level above.  One bedroom is on the third level. 

We use this place to get away, have fun and hunt turkeys and deer.  Frank has about 200 acres but we have hunting access to another 100 acres adjacent to his farm.

So, I’ll be with Frank, Ron, Roger, Mouse, Brad and Wayne for a few days having the time of my life.  At 10:00, an hour and a half from now, we will be on our way.  Jack decided not to go.  Like I said, he has some fishing to do. 

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

Byron Begley
November 10, 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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