August 22, 2009
Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sun is shining and our town is quiet. Not many people visit the mountains in late August. This is transition time in the tourism business. Little River is up and it is muddy. And, it has not peaked yet so we may see it rise further. We had almost an inch of rain at the shop last night. If the airport numbers are correct they didn’t get any rain there.
After checking the stream flows it appears our watershed and the Little Pigeon were the hardest hit. Little River is flowing at 307 cubic feet per second. Normal is 113 cfs for this date. Little Pigeon is high but it has peaked. Tellico River is pretty high and still rising. Cataloochee is running below normal as is the Davidson River. Oconaluftee is at about normal for this date.
The rain is over for a few days and it is going to be cooler. We’ll see lows in the high 50’s for the next two nights. The water temperature in the streams will drop and fishing in the lower elevations will improve.
If you go today seek high ground. The water will run off quicker in the higher elevations. Wherever you go be careful. We are not flooded but the current is swift and in some cases visibility may be hampered by stained water. This could be a good day to catch a big brown trout. I know some guys who will be fishing on the East Prong today. I bet they are there right now. Big nymphs and streamers would be the ticket.
If you are fishing normal water I would use ants, beetles, Green Weenie, Yellow Stimulator, Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Neversink Caddis, Yellow Parachute Adams and a Bead Head Pheasant Tail. Not all of them at once of course. What a mess that would be not to mention you would be breaking the law.
I just got a call from Jim Mauries who owns a great fly shop in Nashville. It is called Fly South. Jim and I have been friends for years and years and years. I love his store. And that guy can fly fish. I have learned more about fly fishing from Jim, Walter Babb and Jack Gregory than anyone else. When I lived in Nashville Jim and I did a lot of fishing together. We scouted out access areas on the Caney Fork that nobody knew about. Those were fun days.
Little River is still rising. It has a ways to go before it drops.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
August 22, 2009
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