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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 6:15 am, the temperature is 41.7 degrees.
Today will be nice, sunny, with a high in the low to mid 70’s. Weather conditions will continue about the same through the weekend, however there is a 40% to 80% chance for rain Thursday, depending on which weather website you are visiting. I visit many every morning and give you the rainfall chances and temperature range.
We had some rain in the Mountains Friday. Some streams rose to near normal, including Little River. The levels have been dropping all weekend. Currently, Little River is flowing at 37 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.27 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 75 cfs. The water temperature near the Townsend “Y” is 51.8 degrees.
Trout are certainly catchable. The stream conditions are not ideal due to the low water. Most trout will be hiding in broken water. You may see brown trout out in the open water.
Stealth is of the utmost importance. Dress in muted colors and even camo if you really want to be unseen by trout and fishermen. A lot of Smokies fishermen wear camouflage clothing when fishing here. Cast to the broken water with dry flies, nymphs or a combination of both.
Try a Parachute Adams or Elk Hair Caddis. A Thunderhead might be a good choice. An Orange or Yellow Stimulator might work. There are terrestrials on the land, dropping into the water, at least in the low elevations. Try beetle or ants. A Squirmy Wormy or even a Green Weenie could produce for you.
I would fish the larger streams that have more water. However, notes from readers indicate the smaller streams are fishing pretty well. Fishing is not great anywhere, for the average angler. Those who have honed their low water fly fishing skills are doing fairly well.
I worked inside 10 yours yesterday. In the evening I was outside and it was nice. Donna came by. She said the traffic in Townsend was heavy. Though Townsend is only 1.5 miles from our home, I have not been to town this weekend. I’m not a big fan of traffic. It will be over soon.
It is pretty outside. Leaves are falling but many remain on the trees. The mountains we see from our house are colorful. Paula blows off our porches and decks at least once a day. She also blows leaves off the concrete driveways every few days. Our home is built in the forest. Tree branches actually hang over the roofs on our house, carport and boat house. Acorns are constantly banging on the metal roofs, though that is happening less frequently now, which suits me fine.
It is not official but It’s probably going to happen. Bass Pro Shops is planning to buy the stock in Cabelas. Cabelas is owned by the public. Cabelas stock prices rallied Friday on the news. Both boards have approved the sale. Now the stockholders of Cabelas will vote. It will probably happen, sometime early next year.
The story is all over the internet. You can read one article on the Forbes website by CLICKING HERE.
The sale price is $65.50 per share, 19% over Friday’s closing price. From what I remember, the total sale amounts to a little over $5 billion for the stores and mail order company and about that for the credit card business. Both companies have about the same number of stores and employees. Bass Pro Shops is privately owned by billionaire Johnny Morris.
Maybe Johnny should run for President. I would vote for him, for sure. I can see it now. His VP would be Bill Dance, wearing a UT cap.
This is a big deal in the outdoor retail business, as well as one in the retail industry.
They say, both companies will operate independently, as their own brands.
I am a customer of both companies and have been for years. I buy mostly boat and conventional fishing related items from them. I bought a crab trap from Cabelas recently, using my credit card points. Yes, Paula and I have a Cabelas credit card. Those points come in handy when you need a new crab trap. I’m about to pull the trigger for another crab trap, a smaller one. You know, “A man just can’t have too many crab traps”. Even if we don’t catch too many crabs, they look good hanging in the boat house.
Fishing for blue and stone crabs is like fishing for anything else. There is a learning curve.
I don’t buy fly fishing related items from them. I get the same employee discount at Little River Outfitters, that everyone else gets, who work there.
Speaking of buying at Little River Outfitters (I can’t help it), you should see the new and re-designed luggage from Fishpond. It’s all great but I’m pumped about the waxed cotton luggage.
You can CLICK HERE to see our offering on the online store. Many of these fantastic luggage pieces are new for 2017. They will be available in our store next month. I think we’ll get everything in about 3 weeks.
The new pieces are made using a darker brown waxed cotton they call “Earth”. Most of the 2016 and earlier items have been re-designed in the same material and color, to match. They even made their popular soft coolers to match, as an option.
We will be launching our updated Fishpondflyfishing.com website this week too. It’s ready. It has been for weeks. I just have to push the button.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
October 24, 2016