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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is foggy, overcast and 46 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The clouds will yield to the sun later today and the high temperature should be around 62 degrees.  Tomorrow will be warmer but there is a 90% chance for rain.

Little River is flowing slightly higher than yesterday at 89 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.59 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 138 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 42.6 degrees.

Fishing for large brown trout is excellent.  Jack said he caught 4 one afternoon this week over 20 inches long.  I think he said the largest was 27 inches.  There are reports and photos of other big browns that were caught during the past few days.  Nymphs and Wooly Buggers are working for them.

For those seeking normal trout fishing, you should see an improvement over the next few days as the water warms.  Nymphs are still working best.  With the low water conditions we have, I would shy away from a bright bead head nymph.  Try nymphs that have a black bead, copper bead or no bead at all. 

The Clinch River is fishing well during the cold snap we are in.  One of our Message Board members fished with guide Mike Bone a few days ago.  They had a wonderful day on the water despite cold temperatures and blowing snow.  You can read what Breck wrote about Mike and their day by CLICKING HERE.  No doubt about it, Mike is an excellent guide with extensive experience.  He is also a very nice guy to fish with or just be around.  You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.

We’ve got a lot going on here today.  We have our first beginner fly tying class for the 2013/2014 season held today.  Rex Wilson will be conducting a Free Fly Tying Demonstration between 10 am and 2 pm.  John Ross, author Trout Unlimited’s Guide to America’s Best 100 Trout Streams will be here for a book signing.  And, we will be giving away a $100 gift card to a lucky person who shows up and registers.  This is going to be a fun day for all of us.

I talked to Pat who owns Cascade Crest Tools and Fly Tying Materials yesterday.  One of his products CCT Body Fur is in high demand due to the popularity of the Game Changer fly. He and I are planning to manufacture a special run of the fur without flash.  We have to buy 200 yards of the material to get a special run.

Everything I can find that works well for the Game Changer has flash of some sort mixed in.  Most of us who fish clear water believe too much flash causes large trout and smallmouth bass to shy away from the flies.  Of course, there is no scientific evidence to verify this.  I caught a big smallmouth bass two weeks ago on one with the flash mixed in.  Anyway, we want to be able to offer a non-sparkle version of this material for those of us who believe it will work better in our mountain streams and clear lakes.

Customers are buying all of our Game Changer materials as soon as they arrive.  I never order enough.  I’ll be ordering more today and hope to get it by Friday.  I just looked in the new fly tying department and there is not much left.  I think we got the latest order a week ago. 

I do not remember ever having a particular fly tying material for a specific fly sell this well during the past 19 years we have been in business.  Pat said they are selling the material faster than they can make it. 

This fly or method of tying flies is not going to be a fad in my opinion.  I think the use of these flies will grow next year when the flies go on the market and people start using them.  Lots of people, many being guides are tying their own now.  I’m one of those people. 

Due to the fire at Dancing Bear Lodge, I hired a company to come in and test our sprinkler system.  They will perform the test next week.  Also, our security company will be testing all of our fire safety equipment.  I don’t anticipate a fire but you never know. 

This is going to be a beautiful day to be fishing.  If you are fishing in the Smokies, be sure to stop by here a check out everything that is going on.

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

Byron Begley
November 16, 2013

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