Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is another beautiful day in Townsend.  I was down at the swinging bridge taking the water temperature earlier.  A fellow was there casting into Little River with a spinning rod.  We talked for a little while about the election, especially voting for the proposed amendment to the state constitution to ensure the right of Tennesseans to hunt and fish.  He voted two weeks ago.  I’ll vote today.  Hopefully this amendment will pass. 

Little River looks really good.  The flow is 162 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 100 cfs.  The water temperature was 51 degrees.  We have rain and cloudy days ahead.  Fishing conditions will be perfect then.  Clouds and rain are good.  Nymphs and streamers should work well this week.  That would be my choice, that’s what I will use.  You might see some blue wing olives hatching too.  It is going to get cold, down to the 30’s Thursday night and maybe in the 20’s Friday night. 

My usual day off lately has been Friday.  I’ve been working Saturday through Thursday.  Friday does not look good for me on the lake.  It is going to be cold and windy.  I’ll probably fish in the Park. Friday will be perfect in the Park.  I’ll fish a 6 weight with heavy tippet, a Girdle Bug with a Prince Nymph dragging behind and I’ll have a large net with me.

Kent Edmonds was here yesterday.  He is our sales representative from Temple Fork and other companies including Rainy’s Flies.  Kent is known for his killer fly called the Stealth Bomber.  Rainy’s is going to do a special tie of the Stealth Bomber, one that works well for us here in the lakes and rivers.  That’s the fly that Jack and I used one day and caught 83 smallmouth bass.  The next week we caught over 60 in a day with one bass weighing 5 pounds and another at 4 pounds. 

The difference in this Stealth Bomber is the lack of flash and only four all-black legs.  The body is black and and it is a little smaller than the original Bomber though they are both tied on a #6 Gamakatsu stinger hook.  I think it works better than the larger flashy flies in our clear lakes.  We committed to 8 dozen in the first order.  They will tie a lot more than that to sell to other fly shops.  I told Kent I think it should be called Kent’s Stillwater Stealth Bomber.  I am submitting three flies for a model.  I am looking forward to selling them to anglers because I know how well they work.  We’ll have them in the Spring.

Several people I know personally will be on the ballot today.  I know Bill Haslam though not well.  I really like him and his family.  He is running for Governor.  His Townsend whistle stop was held here at our shop.  Art Swann is running for State Representative.  He is a friend and so is his brother, sister in-law and nephew.  They are good folks.  I know Bob Ramsey who is running for State Representative in the 20th district.  I won’t be able to vote for him because I don’t live in his district.  I’ve talked to Jimmy Duncan several times over the past 20 years.  He is running un-opposed for U.S. Congress.  Andy White is running un-opposed for Maryville City Council.  I can’t vote for Andy but I would.  He’s a great guy.  He, Mark Cate and I spent many days together at the Blount Chamber board meetings.  We always sat together.  When he and Mark’s terms on the board expired it was a sad day for me.  Mark is Bill Haslam’s Campaign Manager by the way.

So, I’ve been looking forward to election day.  And important to me is my right to hunt and fish so I will vote for that amendment for sure.

Have a great day. Enjoy your voting experience and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
November 2, 2010

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