Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast, a little warm but still comfortable outside.  Wild turkeys were spread out in a field by our house this morning.  There are plenty of wild turkeys around here.  I remember when there were almost none.  If you saw one it was a big deal.  The air is clear and the mountains in the park clearly in view right now.  We had a few thunderstorms blow through yesterday and last night.  We did not get hardly any rain at the shop.  I could see a good size storm on the radar hovering over Elkmont last night.  As a result of that, Little River is a little higher and still rising.

Flow is currently 142 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 110 cfs.  Yesterday morning, the level was below median flow.  The water temperatue in town is 72 degrees.  We will probably get some rain today and I hope we do.  It is going to be a lot cooler this week.  The water temperature will drop.  This should be a good week to fish in the Park for trout or outside the boundaries for smallmouth bass. 

The water is clear and you need to be careful not to spook the trout.  Fishing with dry flies is a good idea.  Try terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Green Weenies are working.  Brian just came in to tie Green Weenies this morning.  Brian said he and Rob fished Roaring Fork last week and did very well. I saw Rob this morning when I pulled in the store parking lot at 7:30 am.  He was preparing to take some clients fishing.

Temperatures in the Park will dip into the 50’s this week.  In the valley the nighttime lows will be in the low to mid 60’s.  That is going to make a big difference in the water temperatures.  Lows in the valley have been in the 70’s lately.  We should see the lakes cool off some too.  If this cooling trend continues we’ll see the fishing get better everywhere.  It appears that trend will continue for the next 10 days.

Anglers will take advantage of this cooling off period.  A lot of people have curtailed their sport due to the heat and heavy generations schedules on the tailwaters.  I am guilty of the same thing.  Paula gave me a new rod and reel for my birthday on July 11th.  Tomorrow will be my first time to use it.  The rod is a Temple Fork BVK 6 weight.  I have been waiting for a Rio order, that came yesterday.  In it is a re-supply of their Smallmouth Bass lines.  I ordered some two weeks ago, they came in and sold almost immediately.  In this shipment I had them stick in a extra one for me.  I’ll be on the river in town tossing a Stealth Bomber early tomorrow morning.

A lot of people don’t know how good the smallmouth bass fishing is in Little River.  There are more smallies downstream of town but here, I can run home after work, change clothes and be back on the river in a few minutes.  Or, I can change clothes here at the shop and be fishing even quicker.  That’s my plan until the lakes cool down.  I want to learn more about this river close to home.  It is rare to see a fly fisherman on the river in town.  Most anglers are using bait and spinners to catch trout.  Getting on the river early or late this time of year will net some good catches of smallies and redeye.  I have not fished the river in town for years.  I hope I’m right when I say this.  I am relying on the information from customers.

Gary Troutman sent me a photo of a foam hopper he has been using in Little River for smallmouth bass.  I’m going to buy what I need and tie some tomorrow after I return from fishing.  If Gary says they work, they work.  I consider him to be the smallmouth expert on this river and others.  He is kind enough to share his flies and techniques with me.  I appreciate that a lot.

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

Byron Begley
August 9, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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