Townsend, Tennessee
August 12, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and it has been raining.  Townsend is quiet.  Kids are going back to school now and the tourist season is on hold for a while.  Things will pick up later in September.  Motel, cabin and lodge staff will take this time to prepare for the Fall rush.  Restaurants will do the same.  So will we.  In September we will start seeing all the new gear for 2010.  Some of it will be available in October.  Daniel and I are going to attend an Orvis Regional Meeting in Virginia.  There we will see over 80 new products. 

What that means for us is getting all the new gear on our Online Catalog as it becomes available.  And we will start gearing up the fly tying department to be ready for the tying season which begins in late October. I think we will be photographing the new Chota gear this week.  We will do the photography for them, their other dealers and us.  That will save Chota some money and time.  They are located in Knoxville.

Dang, this is a first.  I’ve got a small bug crawling around “inside” my monitor. 

Little River is up and stained.  We have had almost an inch of rain here since yesterday morning.  The flow at the “Y” is 244 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 145.  The 44 year record low for this date was year before last at 33 cfs.  Rainfall this year is up almost 5” above normal.  It’s been a good year.

The water is warm right now.  It was 68 degrees in town.  It will be cooler in the Park but I would fish higher elevations today.  On the Middle Prong of the Little I would go to the top.  I would fish above Elkmont or up 441 on the West Prong of the Little Pigeon and it’s tributaries.  The water will be much cooler up there and the fishing will be better.

I would use terrestrials like ants, beetles, yellow jackets and Green Weenies during the day.  Attractors will work.  Try a Parachute Adams or small Yellow Stimulator.  Drop an ant or Green Weenie behind one of those. 

It is going to be cooler this week.  Thunderstorms are likely today.  There is a chance for isolated thunderstorms every day for the next ten.  There was a good chance for thunderstorms yesterday and sure enough, about the time Paula got our boat in the water and pulled away from the ramp it started raining.  We got soaked but it felt good.  The air temperature dropped to 70 degrees.

We fished in a cove for a few minutes near the ramp, just in case.  She lost a big bluegill and I lost a bass.  We were using Puglisi Threadfin Shad patterns that I tied.  Other than that the fishing was slow.  The sun came out and we put on some sunscreen then drove out of the cove and headed up the lake.  There was not a boat in sight, the lake was slick as glass and we were moving along at a quick pace and enjoying the scenery. 

I looked back toward the ramp.  A huge black thunderhead was headed our way.  We turned and started booking back to the ramp.  By the time we got there the wind picked up and it was hard to get the boat to the dock.  We finally got her tied off and the rain, wind and thunder was upon us.  We waited in the truck.  Finally the storm blew over but we could see others coming.  We took the opportunity to get the boat on the trailer and called it a day.  We’ll go back and try again on Friday. 

The little bug in my monitor is a tiny ant.  It is driving me nuts.  This monitor is also a complete 24” iMac computer.  There are a lot of holes I could spray some Raid into.  I wonder what that would do?

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

Byron Begley
August 12, 2009

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