Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy this morning.  The mist is as thick as it has been all year.  I can barely see the buildings next door.  The temperature is 34 degrees.  Traffic was light on my way to work.  I stopped at the river to take the temperature.  The water temperature has dropped like a rock since Wednesday.  Right now it is 44 degrees.  The sun will prevail later and the high today is supposed to be 65.  Later next week there is snow in the forecast though the chances are slight.

Little River is still rolling along strong.  The water level dropped about a foot since Wednesday morning.  Flow is currently 616 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 193 cfs.  If you fish today be careful.  Stay out of the strong current. 

This would be a good day to fish with big nymphs.  Go deep with them.  The cooler water will make the trout tend to stick to the bottom.  You should do fairly well and your chances of catching a large fish are pretty good.

Anglers will be out today, on the tailwaters, in the Park and fishing other freestone streams.  We’ll see plenty of fishermen tomorrow too.  Saturday is supposed to be beautiful.  Saturday night will bring showers and they will continue through Sunday night.  We have had plenty of water in our streams this year.  So far, precipitation for the year is 6.71 inches ahead of normal. 

It is fly tying time and I can tell by the material sales we are having at the shop.  One item that really stands out is the Gary Krebs Jig Set.  It is used to cut popper bodies from foam cylinders.  At $38 I thought it would be a slow seller.  Boy was I wrong.  We are out of them again.  I will order more this weekend. The jig set comes with three cutting jigs for the smaller sizes of poppers used for bluegill and bass.  Popper making is very popular among our customers.  I love doing it myself.

I tied a few Knuckleheads yesterday.  I will be selling them online and at the shop. It is a popper too but it is simple to tie and the material I use is 2 mm fly foam.  I placed a photo of one on this report a week or so ago.  Kent Edmonds (Inventor of the Stealth Bomber) saw it and came up with some new ideas.  He sent the pictures to me.  He is an innovator.  You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.  He likes foam too.  Kent has a great website.  He just re-designed it.  Check out the flies in his fly box.

I’m planning a page on our website dedicated to smallmouth bass flies and it will feature Kent’s flies and others.  We will be selling them on the site.

Jim and Pat were at our house yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner.  We always get together for Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving.  Jim is an avid fly fisherman.  We discussed hooks and the fact that most of them are made in China, Japan and Korea.  Why don’t we make them in America?  Why don’t we make a lot of things in America? 

Making hooks has to be a very automated process.  Hand made hooks are expensive, in fact I only know one person who crafts his own.  He makes salmon fly hooks.  It would be interesting to visit a hook factory.  Imagine how many fishing hooks are sold and used in the world.  I can’t.

I tie flies every day, dump some hooks out on the bench from a plastic container and never think about how they are made and especially making them myself.

If I set up a hook making operation I would produce something like a TMC 2488, a TMC 100 and a Gamakatsu B10S.  Since I tie mostly smallmouth flies the #6  B10S  is the one I use most often.  I never thought about doing it, but tonight I might search the internet and find out how it is done. 

It’s time to open the store so I better go. 

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

Byron Begley
November 25, 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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