Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The fog has burned off and the sun shines bright on Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  It was cool and crisp when I walked outside to drive here.  I stopped at the swinging bridge to take the water temperature.  I expected the water temp to be below 69 degrees.  It wasn’t.  It’s still 69 just like yesterday morning.  It won’t be long though.  We are going to have much cooler temperatures in the valley and in the Smoky Mountains over the next few days.  We’ll see some lows down here near 60 degrees.  In the mountains it will be cooler than that.  Water temperatures will drop this week unless things change.

The water is low, not too low but lower than normal.  Lately it has been running higher than normal in Little River but the afternoon rain showers have basically stopped for now.  Flow in Little River is currently 85 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 107 cfs.  You will need to use light tippet most likely to get more strikes.  And you should try to stay hidden when fishing.  Keep a low profile, hide behind rocks and vegetation.  Dry flies, especially terrestrials are what I would use.  I would drop another terrestrial off the main fly to increase your odds.  You can tie or buy all kinds of foam beetle patterns that will work.  Try a yellowjacket pattern.  Or try an ant.  For larger trout in the bigger rivers a black foam fly with rubber legs works well this time of year.  Cast them near the banks in the slower water.  Make sure you are tossing them in the shade.  You might get surprised.

August is almost over and then we’ll enter one of my favorite months.  I like September because  it is cooler and the fishing is better.  Right now I’m tying a lot of different baitfish patterns.  We just started selling Clear Cure Goo.  I called last week, set us up as a dealer and got in the first shipment.  If you visit their website and click on “video” you will see how amazing this stuff is.  There are many different uses for trout flies and larger patterns.  One trick I saw was making a lip on a fly, to make it dive and swim like a Rapala.  You simply tie in a loop (I used 44 pound fluorocarbon) near the eye of the hook, squeeze some of the thick version of Goo and move the material around cover the opening.  Then when everything looks right, turn on the UV light and this stuff sets up in seconds.  Proceed tying your baitfish or other pattern and “I think” it will swim in the water and drive fish crazy.  If you want to see all the uses of Clear Cure Goo, visit their website HERE.  You can also Google Clear Cure Goo and read what people are saying about it.  It is supposed to replace epoxy.  I’m not convinced about that.  I love epoxy way too much.

The Park Service is thinking about changing the elk management program.  You can read about it in the Daily Times HERE.  Instead of closely managing the herd in Cataloochee the biologists are considering just letting them roam free with some selective population monitoring.  I’m all for that.  I think the herd will be better off letting them find their perfect area to live.  And, I am hoping that would be Cades Cove.  The herd has proven to be sustainable.  Sure, some animals will leave the Park and I’m sure another hunter will mistake an elk for a very large deer.  And, the elk will do some damage to properties outside the Park.  I can live with that.  Since we live on the other side of the hill from Cades Cove, the elk, just like the bear will find their way to our house.  I would love it. 

When the Park Service stocked the red wolf they ended up at our house.  Once, one was tracked to our barn and captured there.  Bears visit often at our house.  Of course you hear me talk about the turkeys I see in the mornings in front of our house.  But, to see an elk, in our field by the barn would be a great thing for me.  That would make my day each and every time.

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

Byron Begley
August 25, 2010

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