Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful and quiet morning in Townsend.  I noticed right away that the restaurant’s parking lots had a absence of customer vehicles.  Traffic is light too.  I think schools have started back in our County already.  I talked to some friends from Alabama yesterday.  Their schools are starting back next week.  I remember when we did that in September. 

Little River was muddy again.  We didn’t get any rain here but the mountains did sometime last night.  The water flow graph looks like a heart monitor.  The water flow has been up and down for days.  The water temperature was very cool 66 degreees at 7:50 am.  I haven’t seen the water that cool in a long time.  There only a slight chance for rain over the next few days.  This higher water will drop and fishing is going to be very good when it does.

Flow is currently 658 cubic feet per second.  That almost ties the record for this date based on 46 years of data.  Median flow for this date is 137 cfs.  The record low for this date is 42 cfs set in 1995.

The Fishing Gauge is moving back to “Good”.  If you go today I would stay out of the larger rivers in this watershed.  If you do wade be very careful.  There is plenty of color in the water in town but I suspect it will be much clearer in the Park.  Hopefully for those who fish today the water is slightly turbid up there.  You should try to take advantage of this higher than normal water if you can this week.  We don’t get conditions like this very often in late July.  In a day or so the flow will be perfect, just like a normal Spring day.

Big nymphs and streamers might be your best option today.  I know guys who will be taking off work to be on the river.  Your chances for catching a large brown trout are very good due to the high water.  Nymphs and dry flies will work on the smaller streams.  Ants, beetles and Green Weenies would be my choice.  Also, I would have some Yellow Sally stonefly imitations in my box.

Wow, I got some interesting fly tying materials in yesterday.  First, we are now stocking wiggle tails.  These silicone curly tails will make some interesting streamers.  And somehow, I missed this fur called Finn Raccoon.  Wapsi sent me a sample, I gave it to Jack and ordered a few colors to stock in the shop.  The fur looks like artic fox but much longer.  And, it comes in zonker strips too.  I couldn’t resist those.  So, we have a few colors of the fur patch and the zonker strips.  If they sell well I will add more colors.  Lately, our best selling color in almost everything is “crawfish orange”.  I got some fur patches and zonker strips in that color too.  Here is a link to the Wapsi website FINN RACCOON PAGE.  Check it out.  I think the bass anglers are going to go crazy over this material. I can see a baitfish pattern made by palmering the strip on the hook.  

I’m buying some bulk black foam today.  We are having trouble obtaining black Stealth Bombers.  This is my favorite floating bass fly.  I have some ordered but they won’t arrive until August.  So, I’m going to sit at home and make up a bunch of bodies.  When I get a break at the shop I’ll tie a couple and package them up.  We’ll need to keep about 2 dozen in stock.  I tie mine different than the factory version and they have been tested and given the ultimate approval by Jack Gregory.  I tied a bunch of them for him with slightly different rubber leg positions.  He has chosen what he thinks is the best of the bunch.  That’s the one I will tie.  I hope to have some on the wall next week and I’ll try to keep up.

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

Byron Begley
July 26, 2011


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Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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