Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy in Townsend this morning.  Imagine that!  The temperature is 30 degrees.  Traffic was very light on my way to work.  Some restaurants had a few customers and there was a crowd at the Parkway Grocery, as usual.  You can get a good breakfast or lunch there at a low price and talk to friendly people.  I did see a lot of traffic coming into town last night when I drove home.  Maybe something is going on that I don’t know about.

Little River is still gushing.  Flow is 639 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 209 cfs.  The water is clear and 44 degrees.  The temperature is exactly the same as it was yesterday morning.  I expect it to drop significantly by tomorrow morning.  The temperature tonight is supposed to dip into the low 20’s.  In the high elevations of the Smokies, expect low teens or maybe single digits.

Fishing is going to be somewhat slow in the mountains.  As usual for this time of year, anglers are catching larger post-spawn brown trout.  They are hungry and they will be for a while.  But, your normal fly fishing is going to be tougher than it was a couple of weeks ago.  If you go, bounce some nymphs along the bottom.  Use plenty of weight.  You may find some 40 degree water higher up.  At that point, trout tend not to feed.  Putting a fly right in front of them and making it easy will work some of the time.  You may see some blue wing olives hatching later.  This is going to be a sunny day but you will find cool temperatures wherever you go. 

Be careful wading.  The current is strong and the water is cold.  Taking a dip in the river today would be a chilling event.  You could end up on the wrong side of the stream from your truck and wet.  That can be dangerous.  Just wade in shallow water near the bank and don’t take any chances.  You don’t need to make long casts anyway.  You can get closer to the trout when the water is high.

We have been selling the heck out of Chota Hippies.  And last night I found out one reason why.  I Googled Chota Hippies and we came up number three behind Chota and some other site.  The word got out, everyone wants them and we are re-stocking every week.  At $119.95 they are a bargain too.  I wore mine several times this Fall.  They are so much more comfortable than chest high waders.  I don’t need to wade deep around here anyway.  My cast is more accurate with the rod moving across on my non-casting side.  I cast with my right hand but the rod is often casting on the left side. So, I pretty much stay on one side of the creek.

Walt Carey called me yesterday to chat.  We have become friends.  He makes Walt’s Poppers and we buy the poppers he makes to sell to you.  Walt lives in Virginia.  Walt prides himself in the fact that he does not charge what you would expect for a beautiful hand made popper.  I think he applies 7 coats of paint and clear finish on each one.  Don’t quote me on it but that is what I remember.  He wants people who can’t afford high priced poppers to be able to buy his. 

I told him I’m planning to put together a smallmouth bass selection of flies and I want to include his #8 white popper in that selection.  We will sell the selection online and in the store.  In it will be a couple of patterns tied by me too.  And there will be some Kent Edmond’s Stealth Bombers tied by Rainy’s Flies.  I have those ordered.  Other patterns will include the Murdich Minnow and the Tequeely.

Most anglers who live in Tennessee and the states north of us have smallmouth bass streams nearby.  Maybe they don’t know it.  Maybe they never thought about trying them out. So my plan is to make it easy to give it a try.  Everything in the selection will be fine to cast with a 6 weight rod so most trout fishermen won’t have to buy another fly rod.  I just want people to try it out and maybe we will get something new started for a lot of folks who don’t live near trout streams or have never tried fishing for smallmouth bass.  I’m looking forward to designing the web pages and putting the story together.

It is 15 minutes until opening time.  I better finish up. 

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

Byron Begley
December 10, 2011 


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