Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Dense fog and cool temperatures describe Townsend this morning.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is cut off from my view.  I can barely see the shopping center next door.  I followed George to work.  He drives slowly like I do.  At the river I could feel Fall.  The temperature outside is 52 degrees.  The water is flowing well in the river and it is very clear.

Flow is currently 117 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 85 cfs.  The lowest flow on this date occurred in 2007.  On that day Little River was a trickle at 22 cfs. 

If fishing is not good in the Park by name is not Byron Bernard Begley.  How could it not be.  Everything is perfect except the moon is full and the nights have been clear.  We think that causes the fish to feed at night and not be as hungry the next day.  Who knows if that’s true.  If I ever catch a talking trout, that will be one of my questions.

Dry flies work well at this water level.  Trout are active at 59 degrees.  By the way, the water temperature was 59 degrees this morning at the swinging bridge.  The bright sun will be your enemy today.  I can see it now, burning the fog away and taking over. Fish the shady areas.

Try beetles, ants, yellow stoneflies, Olive Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams and other dry flies.  Stealth and getting a good drift are more important than patterns right now.  Big nymphs might work in the deep runs where larger trout are lurking.  Green Weenies make an excellent sub-surface fly this time of year.  You should go fishing today.  It is going to be nice out there.

I will be fishing this week at a lake one day and probably in Little River downstream for smallmouth bass in the evenings.  The rivers are cooling down and so are the lakes. 

I am going through all the new catalogs from our manufacturers.  This process leads to pre-season orders to be shipped this Fall and next Spring.  I am about to submit a Sage, Rio and Redington order.  On it are the new “One” rods from Sage.  I am requesting the first ship date to be October 1.  The Fishpond order I e-mailed last week also has a first ship date of October 1st. 

I was thumbing through the Hareline catalog.  It came with a box of samples.  I found one great item that I plan to start stocking and using.  It is a popper cutting jig.  You simply slip a foam cylinder into the appropriate size jig and make two cuts.  You also push a sewing needle through a small hole and it lines up the rubber leg orifice perfectly.  I looked online yesterday at these jigs in action.  You can find them by Googleing Gary Krebs Popper Jig.  You can watch YouTube videos and see how they work. 

Ten years ago today our Country and the world had it’s worst day, at least in my memory.  Terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and crashed another airliner.  Thousands of our people died.  We declared war on terrorism around the world.  Today, our flags fly at half mast and we pray for our Military, FBI, Secret Service and Homeland Security.  Today we honor those who have died in the war on terrorism.  We honor the innocent people caught in the middle, we honor the soldiers who have died or been wounded fighting back and we honor our Country and it’s beliefs.  We honor the heroes at ground zero.  Today we remember the worst and the best.

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

Byron Begley
September 11, 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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