Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and unusually warm this morning in Townsend.  It feels like Summer.  The temperature is 64 degrees and it’s only 8:00 am.  This is going to be an unusual week weather-wise.  Little River is partially covered with a blanket of leaves.  Late yesterday the wind picked up.  And down the leaves came.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 51 degrees.

Flow is almost exactly normal for this date.  Flow is 120 cubic feet per second.  Median is 118 cfs.  That is going to change.  We have rain headed our way.  The chance for rain is 50% tomorrow and 70% on Wednesday.  Today the wind will be strong.  Expect more leaves in the rivers. 

It is also going to be very warm with highs in the low 70’s today and tomorrow.  Normal high temperature for this date is 62 degrees.  Lows tonight and tomorrow night will be in the high and mid 50’s.  Normal low for this time is 40 degrees. 

Fishing should be very good.  Hooking those leaves will be a problem for you but the warmer water will be very favorable.  The rain may cause the river to rise, it most likely will.  We will probably see the water turn to a dark tannin color for a few days.  That won’t hurt anything, at least it hasn’t in the past. 

I would use nymphs unless you encounter a blue wing olive hatch.  If we get some good flow and color in the streams the fishing may be excellent.  Don’t be afraid to try something big and ugly on the end of your tippet.  You may get a away with using some very heavy tippet which you might need.

I would choose a fly with rubber legs.  I might even use something as large as a Girdle Bug.  And, I would use 8 pound tippet.  This week is going to be perfect for catching a trout of a lifetime unless the rivers flood and are extremely stained. 

By the end of the week temperatures will drop below normal, back to freezing at night.  It will be sunny by the weekend, I think.

I’ve been in Kentucky for four days at the hunting camp.  Some of my buddies who were there go back over 50 years.  Brad showed us a newspaper article from the Richmond Daily Register that was printed about two years ago.  The page was dedicated to the 50th year of Little League Baseball in the town.  There was a photo of the whole league, the first year the league was born.  It was easy to pick out me, Brad, Frank and Wayne. We were all there for the hunting trip.  I recognized many other guys I knew.  That picture was taken around 1959.  There was a separate photo of Wayne and some other guys.  They were on the All Star Team.  Frank, Brad and I were on the same team, the Ashland Oilers. 

Frank, Ron and Roger hunted.  The rest of us just messed around.  Roger shot a doe.  All of them passed up on bucks.  Frank and Ron won’t shoot a buck that is smaller or younger than one they harvested before at the camp.  It’s going to take a very large10 or 12 point buck within range for them to take a shot.

It was good to get home and find out what happened while I was gone.  We have absolutely no contact with the outside world at the camp.  Cell phones don’t work and we don’t have AC electricity.  Ron does have a radio.  I jumped online as soon as I could when I got home.  First, I visited the Wall Street Journal website which I do every day, often.  The markets did well.  I couldn’t find anything else really earthshaking on the web.  I knew what the outcome would be in Italy so that was no surprise. 

  This is going to be a busy week for me.  I will be ordering today to replenish the shop.  Tomorrow night is the City Council meeting at 7:00.  On Wednesday, Buzz, Dick and I will begin shooting and writing a fly tying book for the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  We are meeting at 9:00 am.  Buzz will tie, Dick will take the pictures and I will load, size and place the photos in the text using Quark Express.  We will produce a book that will show their students how to tie 9 different patterns.  This will be a lot of fun and we’ve been planning to do it for a couple of years. 

I am about 75% through the new book, “Steve Jobs”.  This is the best book I have ever read.  The story about him and Apple is incredible.  I have been an Apple fan since 1984.  Steve was a genius.  He was the most influential person in technological history or that’s what I believe.  He changed the world in my lifetime.  And he died at 56 years old.

I use Apple products every day, if fact I’m using one right now. The mystery of how we got here is described perfectly in this book.  The genius of this man becomes more evident on every page.  This is a “Must Read” for anyone who loves business.

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

Byron Begley
November 14, 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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