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.  The sun is shining at the temperature is 31 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  There is not much activity around town.  We did get a 911 recorded phone call at home this morning around 6:00 am.  An elderly man, who lives about a mile from our house was reported missing.  After the sun came up, we got another 911 call.  The missing person was evidently found. 

Little River is flowing at 139 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.79 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 187 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 44.2 degrees.

This is going to be a nice week, weather-wise.  High temperatures will be near 60 degrees until Saturday.  We are expecting rain on Saturday and cold temperatures moving in.  The high temperature Sunday is predicted to be 37 degrees.

Wow, that sounds like Winter doesn’t it? 

Fishing is probably fair later in the day after the water warms up a little.  The stream flows are pretty good.  Nymphs, weighted and fished deep are what I would use.  If you are just doing some “every-day type” fly fishing, use lighter tippet, 5X or maybe 4X.  If you are targeting the browns, tie on some heavy stuff.  Fishing will be better, later this week.  It might be slower this weekend due to the colder water temperatures. 

We are not seeing many active anglers right now.  This is the week before a major holiday.  People don’t travel much before holidays.  They will be arriving this coming weekend.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving.  It is one of my favorite holidays.  We will actually be closed on that day.  We close four days each year.  Christmas Day and New Years Day are two more and they will be here before we know it.

Paul and I painted a bunch of slatwall downstairs yesterday.  I started at one end and after giving the paint about 30 minutes to dry, he followed me with a second coat. 

The new Fishpond gear will be here Thursday afternoon.  We’ll get it on the wall Friday.  I’m looking forward to seeing the new packs and vests again.  Daniel and I saw the pre-production samples in August.

Fly tyers are loving our new fly tying department.  We moved it to the second level in our store.  Before, the materials stretched out 150 feet along walls.  The hackle for instance was 150 feet from the hooks on the outer perimeter of the shop.  Now, it is more concentrated in an area that has nothing but fly tying material.  Tyers are not distracted by other merchandise.  This 700 square foot area is nothing but fly tying stuff.  The department is now much more shopper friendly. 

After everything is better organized in the tying department, we will be ordering new materials that we have never stocked before.  We’ve been waiting until we moved to see exactly how much extra space we have.

Bill and I will rebuild more fluorescent light fixtures in the shop today.  All of our fixtures are about ten years old and failing.  We are rebuilding them using digital ballasts and newer energy saving bulbs called T-8.  T-8 will eventually replace all former T-12 fixtures in the United States.  T-12 is a thing of the past and at some point, the bulbs will not be available for sale.

We are all very proud of the way our shop looks now that we are closer to finishing the remodel.  Next on my list is making small signs that will be enclosed in plastic and hung next to each item that needs to be described.  I know this process will take about a week.  It will make shopping easier and more interesting for you.  At the same time, I will be adding new products to our online store.

Wow, Joe lost a box full of beautiful flies at Metcalf Bottoms.  Someone found them and turned the box over to us.  I guess we contacted Joe.  I never thought about putting my name of phone number on fly boxes but it is a good idea.  Most fly fishermen are honest and helpful.  It is part of our culture.  We have a fly rod and reel that someone found but nobody has claimed it. 

I guess it is time to get our boat ready for winter.  I need to change the oil and filter, drain and refill the lower unit, change spark plugs and the fuel filter then run the engine.  After that, I will pour all the fuel into my truck.

Last year I ran all the fuel out of the motor before storing it.  Over the winter, plastic and rubber parts in the carburetor dried out and cracked.  The carb had to be rebuilt this Spring and we lost a couple of weeks of fishing due to that.  Our dealer, Jimmy at Tri-County Marine told me to start the engine every couple of weeks during the cold months and I would not have that problem again. 

So, the drill will be, buy a little fuel, hook a water hose to the water pump cooling system, then start the motor and let it run for a few minutes.  After that, pour the remaining fuel into my truck.  I just hope I can make myself do it.

I know one thing, when the smallmouth bass move into shallow water next Spring, I want a boat motor that is running well. 

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

Byron Begley
November 20, 2013

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