Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Hey, no fog in Townsend this morning.  It’s been foggy every morning for a while until today.  Traffic was much heavier than normal on the streets.  Most of the vehicles were tourists.  It’s that time of year.  Fall weather and leaf colors bring out the people. 

Little River looked peaceful.  It’s moving kind of slow but still there is more water than normal.  The flow now is 68 cubic feet per second.  Median flow is 62 cfs for this date.  The water temperature is 56 degrees.  That’s what it has been early for the past few days.  Perfect!

We have some cooler weather on the way.  Highs after today will be in the 60’s and 70’s.  Lows will be in the 30’s starting on Thursday.  Tonight and tomorrow the lows will be in the 50’s.  With this cold front you can include some rain.  There is a 60% chance tomorrow and a 30% chance on Thursday.  This is going to feel like Fall.

Fishing is good right now for some people and not for others.  That’s what I’m hearing downstairs.  Some anglers are getting skunked, some have said the trout are small and others are saying the fishing is great.  What’s the difference?  Why is there such a wide disparity in fishing success?  Some fishermen are here for the first time.  I used to be one of those people.  I remember catching almost nothing and getting skunked the first few times I fished in the Smokies.  I did fine everywhere else.  There are some tricks to this. 

A lot of people here for the first time wade out where the fish are and cast to where they are not.  That doesn’t work.  Some people try to cast long distances.  That does not work either.  The game here is fishing close in most cases and getting a good drift. These trout are wild fish.  If they were not careful they would have died a long time ago.  They are used to seeing food drift along with the current and at the same speed as the current.  If a fly has drag and moves too fast or too slow most trout won’t eat it. 

Fly patterns are not as important now as they have been earlier in the year.  Nymphs should work better in the mornings than a dry fly.  When the sun warms the water the fish tend to look up for food on the surface.  I don’t know why but that is my observation.  I would use an Orange Elk Hair Caddis, Orange Stimulator, Parachute Adams or beetle pattern for a dry.  For the nymphs I would choose a Green Weenie, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Copper John or Tellico Nymph.

I’m trying to pick a fishing day this week and it’s hard.  Thursday night we have a City Planning Commission Meeting.  And, I’m waiting to hear from the Department of Transportation’s Regional Director to determine a meeting date. I can’t go Wednesday.  Daniel will be off and he writes the Fishing Report when I’m away.   I’ve got plenty to do here but I want to fish this week sometime.  Weekends are out for me.  I never fish on weekends.  I need to be here and I hate fishing in crowded rivers or lakes.  Paula and I did go fishing for about half a day on one Saturday this year.  I think that’s it.

At home I’m tying some Carter’s Black Rubber Leg Dragon flies.  These things are killer on big bluegill.  Here is a link to the Rainy’s fly page that shows this fly.  I’ve tied some in chartreuse and I’ll tie more in olive.  But right now it’s black.  I used marabou for the tail and collar at first but I switched to hair from a cross cut bunny strip for durability.  I’m using super glue after every step.  Bluegill flies need to be very durable.  For a hook I’m using a Tiemco 2457 #8.  I also de-barb them so extracting the fly is less painful to the fish and easier on the fly. 

We sell these flies but we are out right now.  I bought the last one for a model.  I hope to place an order with Rainy’s this week.

This is going to be a nice week in the Smokies.  You should be here.  Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
October 12, 2010  

Please vote yes on right to hunt and fish

Subject: FW: Hunting/fishing issue on the November ballot

We need to spread the word on this, it is one of the issues that people will scratch their heads about when they go to vote because they have not heard a about it. Please send this to everyone on your email list of voters...

On November 2, 2010 we will go to the polls to elect a new governor in Tennessee . On that same ballot will be the right to vote for an Amendment to the Tennessee Constitution allowing for the right of Tennesseans to hunt and fish. Even though we have been hunting and fishing in Tennessee as long as I have been alive, it is not a guaranteed right. With the amendment, it will make it much more difficult for anti hunting and fishing folks to challenge the right. In the last election for a Tennessee Governor, 1,900,000 votes were cast. In order to pass the amendment fifty (50%) plus one votes must be cast as a YES vote. If this election follows the pattern of the last election, we will need 950,001 votes. There are not enough registered voters who hunt and fish to pass this amendment by ourselves. Therefore, we need to make sure our spouses and our friends know to vote YES for the Amendment to the state constitution.

I have talked to several folks about this and they have said "but we already have the right to hunt and fish". Yes we do but the animal rights folks (PETA) are very well funded and they are passionate about stopping hunting and fishing. If we stand by and do nothing, there very well may come a day when we no longer have these rights. Fourteen states have already passed an amendment to hunt and fish. Tennessee , Arkansas and South Carolina will vote for the amendment in November.Please, don't take your rights for granted. Send this email to everyone who believes we should have the right to hunt and fish. If you want to know more about this issue, go to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Web site at to get more information.


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