Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and 39 degrees this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fogged in.  I can’t see one mountain.  If the cows are in the field and standing I can’t see them either.  The N/C on the Cow Standing Factor means “No Cows” or “Nary Cow”.  I haven’t seen them much this year.  They have been grazing somewhere else and the fields across the road have been used to grow hay.

Little River looks good.  It’s up a little.  We did get some rain yesterday and the flow picked up but it dropped back fairly fast.  The flow is currently 214 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 176 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 51 degrees at 8:30 am.

There were hardly any anglers fishing around here yesterday.  One of Ethan’s buddies went and said the fishing was kind of slow.  Ethan’s brother Joe fished yesterday too.  I don’t know how he did.

This is the time for watching spawning browns.  A lot of my friends and people who work at the shop are doing just that, watching.  The big fish are on the redds and plainly visible and out in the open.  Most people I know don’t bother them too much right now.  Let them do their thing.  You might spot a male and toss a fly to him.  They are hard to catch though they appear to be vulnerable right now.  Don’t let that fool you.  They may be out in the open during the middle of the day in plain view but they are still not easy to catch.

After the spawn they will be hungry for a while.  In December and January the big fish hunters are working them over pretty well no matter how cold it gets. 

Use nymphs.  I would probably pick a Girdle Bug, Prince or Pheasant Tail.  There are plenty of other good patterns to use now

There are plenty of visitors in Townsend for the holiday.  I’ve seen a lot of campers and motor homes cruising through town.  The cabins are booked.  Motels don’t seem to do as well during the holidays.  Bed and breakfasts and lodges do well.  One large lodge in our area had it’s best October ever. 

You should see the new Troutfest sticker.  Neil Smith brought by some samples yesterday.  He designed it and did a great job.  Hart Graphics printed 50 for free for us to look at and put on our cars.  I’m packaging about ten of them to sell in the shop and see what happens.  All proceeds except sales tax will go to the Little River Chapter of course.  The sales tax will go to the State coffers.  I’m going to buy them at retail ($3.00) and sell them at retail.  The Chapter will make all the profit and we’ll break even.  I think we’ll probably charge for mailing them which is contrary to what we usually do.  I bet a lot of customers will buy just a sticker when they see them online.  It costs about 50 cents to mail one.  I guess we’ll eat the credit card charges.  The stickers are printed in full color on outdoor vinyl using outdoor inks.  The samples will be handed out to our TU members who show up for the next meeting on December 2nd.  I bet we sell a thousand of them or more before and during the event.

We are having some Little River Outfitters stickers designed too.  They should go to press next week.  There is some newer technology for printing stickers in shorter runs.  They are printed on the vinyl that comes on a 48” wide roll.  A laser cuts the outline of the sticker in any shape you want.  It cuts through the vinyl but not the backing so they are easy to peel of and place on your truck window. 

Sarah and I are going to work on the Troutfest advertising sometime today.  It’s time to print the materials to go out to the fly shops.  We have 90 stores on our list who display our poster and talk up the event.  We will also design the banquet tickets and the post cards we send out to our customers in East Tennessee.  The big job is calling the owners and managers of the stores.  We want to make sure they will actually display the materials.  I found one shop that did not put the materials out.  We’ll drop that store from the list. 

These advertising pieces are mailed to stores in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and Michigan.  Many of the stores who agree to help are the big box chain stores.  We’ve had good luck with Bass Pro, Orvis Retail Stores, Gander Mountain and large sporting goods stores that have a fly fishing departments.  We have called some stores and found the enthusiasm to help us was not obvious.  We don’t send the materials to them.  An advertising package costs $10 each which includes shipping.  But, for the most part, probably 95% are eager to help raise money for the Smokies.  I thank you all very much.

I'm in the Daily Times again. I didn't like the headline. It reads "Townsend urged to unite against TDOT". I wish it said "Townsend urged to unite WITH TDOT. I held a public meeting Monday night and the story is about that meeting. Iva Butler who wrote the article did an excellent job as usual. YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE.

Have a great day and a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thank you for being here with us.  There won’t be a Fishing Report tomorrow.

Byron Begley
November 24, 2010


Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying


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