It was recommended to me to send a note off to a premier fly fishing store over west of here in Townsend, just outside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and on the Little River. There's a lot of information in that one sentence. I sent the email with photographic attachments (images) of the flies that I encountered that day on the Cherokee tailrace to The Little River Outfitters. To my surprise, I received a reply the very next day with an identification of the bug in question. Also, an invitation was extended to me to visit the store on the eighth, today, to talk to a gentleman who would be tying representations of the very fly in question. Today is a day off for me so I headed toward Townsend with my fearless companion and defender Shade on the seat beside me.
It's interesting to watch the change from flatter land where people are stuffing themselves side by side into the rustic countryside in their quest to become country folk. They are processed along tree lined country roads that extend back into rural East Tennessee in their efforts to escape the miles of asphalt and the city ways but, in reality they escape nothing and only extend their citified misery beyond the borders of insanity and bring it here, like a plague, to the country.
Wow - another sentence that says a lot.
Folks here in Tennessee don't seem to see the writing that is plainly written on the chalkboard of life for some reason. Maybe a person has to be from someplace else to be able to feel negative vibrations that are emitted from the hills and rivers. The good vibes far outweigh the negative ones but, the not so good vibes are becoming more and more of an irritant as time passes.
I don't know how I got off onto that subject but I did. Just think about East Tennessee a second. The Little Tennessee River has no less than 8 hydroelectric dams that control it's flow and all the ecology in that region. Why is that? Santeelah, Acoe, Cheoah, Calderwood, Chilhowee, Tellico, Ft. Loudon, Melton Hill, Watts Bar Dams. Humm - that's nine. I must have one of them messed up. I think it's Tellico Dam. It does not produce electric. It produces nothing but money from wealthy real estate sales companies. Point is - all these dams are on one river. Then ya move over east to where I live and the dams start again. Douglas Dam on the French Broad, Cherokee, John Sevier, Patrick Henery, Holston River Dam,. Wataga Dams all on the Holston River. Look at Pennsylvania. Lets see. No, can't think of one. How bout Maryland? Savage River dam and Deep Creek dam. No, they're just water supplies. Why Tennessee I wonder. How bout TVA? How bout Alcoa? How bout the Federal Government? I won't get into history but if you don't understand what happened here in Tennessee with the result of the ruination of its water resources - you need to do some internet research about it. Start with The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Little Tennessee River and see the horrific methods used to take property away from the citizens who have owned it since time immoral. Little tip - the two words Federal government are key to the ruination of the waterways throughout this state and their methods continue today as applied to the good of common man. Anyway - enough of that for now.
I have a habit of getting off subject and rambling on about some unrelated issue. But then, dams are a related issue where they pertain to fishing. The turkeys were viewed down next to the Little River that flows through Townsend alongside Route 321. Couldn't pass them up.
Little River Outfitters sits just outside of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park along route 321 in Townsend, Tennessee. I've been in many fly fishing stores in my life and this one rates right up there with the finest anywhere. I want to put their information on this entry now as I don't want to forget.
Little River Outfitters
106 Town square Drive
P.O. Box 505
Townsend, Tennessee 37882
The wall below is covered with spools of thread. The colors are unending. Thread is available by color and also by size, texture and material. Silk thread is still available with rayon probably good enough. Can't make flies without this stuff.
This wall is covered with various colored yarn that will be used to create the bodies of "some" flies. Yes - more very necessary stuff.
I am fortunate to already have most all the stuff I need for fly tying and only need to purchase a few of the items that became ruined over the course of 13 years of non use. feathers and bird skins. My biggest outlay of cash will be for waders. Then I'll have all the stuff I need.
I'm worked up. I've got the tailrace of Cherokee Dam right down the road to fish on through the week and I can go to the mountains to fish for native brook and brown trout on the motorcycle when the weather warms. The bike will keep the cost down and make everything doable. Is Doable a word?
And that's it for this entry. A nice day was had and the Little River Outfitters store was the whipped cream on top the milkshake. Hope you enjoyed the entry.