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Photo of Girdle Bug Fly
Tying the Girdle Bug
by Steve Yates

The Girdle Bug is one of the best flies for catching large trout. Though it was first created in the west, this fly has become a go-to fly for brown trout in the Smokies. Actually it works about anywhere you find large trout. Steve Yates is a great fly tyer and his articles, and super photography are destined to become a tying textbook. Learn to tie the Girdle Bug HERE.
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Hearing the Words
by Don Winningham
Don's story about four famous trout streams in Montana make us yearn for summer and fall trecks to the northern Rockies. This is an interesting and well written recount of Don and his friend Steve's trip together.
Read Don's Article HERE.
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Rod, Reel and Streamer on a snow covered rock.

Wintertime Means Streamers
by David Perry

David has it right. Anglers are catching the heck out of big trout this winter using streamers. As a guide he knows the seasons and he has to get some action started when guiding during the winter months. David makes some great points that we should all take note of.
Read David's Article HERE.
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Ginger, this beautiful young hound needs a home.
Our friend Kris Maurer and his wife have temporarily adopted this beautiful hound in hopes of finding her a home. Her name is Ginger.
Read Kris' Story Here.
You will enjoy this newsletter. There are some excellent useful articles. You will want to keep this newsletter for future use so it is a good idea to open our web version and save it as a favorite. We also have an archive where you can open past issues however this one won't be linked there until March. You will read a lot of good winter fishing tips in this newsletter.
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Winter Ways with Trout by Jim Casada
Jim offers some very good advice for trout fishing during the winter. Actually, winter is a good time to do some scouting too. The water is clear and you can see the streams easily. Jim's years of experience will help you become a better fly fisherman in the Smokies.
Read Jim's Article HERE.
Forgotten Hatches by David Knapp
The theme this month is winter trout fishing. David's awareness of aquatic life during the cold months will help you to remember, there is dry fly fishing to be had in the winter. Forgotten hatches will change your tactics and make you more aware of what trout are feeding on in February.
Read David's Article HERE.

News at the Shop and in Townsend

Wow, it is February.  We have had a winter to remember so far in the Smokies.  It has been cold, we have had snow and ice and the Park has been closed several times already.  Businesses in Townsend have had a tough winter too.  All of us who live and work here are ready for Spring. Anglers have really enjoyed our Saturday Free Fly Tying Demonstrations and there are more to come.  We always have one or two fly tyers demonstrating at the same time between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  You don’t have to make a reservation or anything.  Just show up.  Here’s the schedule for February:

Saturday 6th – Brian Courtney and Mike Adams
Saturday 13th – Buzz Buffington and David Perry
Saturday 20th – Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr.
Saturday 27th – Ray Ball and Tim Ivey

It won’t be long, I hope.  Days and nights will be warmer.  The water temperature will rise to 50 degrees and then the action starts.  Quill Gordon and Blue Quill hatches begin.  Trout are going to be active.  Fly fishermen will be using dry flies, wet flies or both.  The Spring hatches and some great fly fishing will be here before we know it.  Sometimes it happens in February, sometimes in March.  When it does, we’ll let you know.  Get ready!

Troutfest is moving along fast.  It is a project conceived by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. All the printing was delivered today. I looks good.  Our Steering Committee is larger than ever and we all have our jobs to get done before the big show.  Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Joe Humphreys, Jim Casada, Stan Bogdan and a whole lot of other well known fly fishermen will be here to entertain and help you enjoy the sport more. 

The banquet on Friday May 14th will have 400 people attend.  I say that because we always sell out and this year we have 400 tickets, 100 more than last year.  One reason is, the Southeast Region of Trout Unlimited is holding their annual meeting here at the same time.

National Manufacturers, artists, rod makers, fly shops and sporting goods stores will be here showing you what they sell.  We’ll be selling books and holding book signings all weekend.  I’ll tell you, Troutfest is something you don’t want to miss.  The dates are May 14th through the 16th.  Visit for more information.  Profits from Troutfest are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department and for youth aquatic education programs.  Last year we gave the Park $40,000. So, get ready for Spring.  There will be a lot going on in Townsend.

Byron Begley
February 3, 2010

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