Townsend, Tennessee
June 3, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining right now.  It’s going to be hot today. Last evening while I was still at the shop I noticed a lot of tourist activity.  Lots of people were using the bike trail and sidewalk down the main street.  This week I saw a few tubing shuttles go by but the height of tubing season will not start for a while.  The water is still cool.  This year we have two new tubing operations that have opened up.  I’ll never understand that.  The two older and established businesses have a hard enough time with the short season and their operating overhead.  This is not a big tourist destination and I don’t know anyone who is in business here that is making a killing.  We just get by and live in a nice place. 

Fishing is excellent.  These fronts that are moving in might slow things down.  Tomorrow there is an 80% chance of thunderstorms.  We must have had some rain in the mountains last night.  The flow gauge popped up a little early this morning.

Early morning and evenings offer the best fly fishing for trout in the mountains right now.  The evening hatches are thick with aquatic insects of all kinds.  Trout and bats are faring well just before dark.  Don’t hook a bat while casting.  I’ve never done that but I often wondered how I would handle that situation.  I have a friend who hooked a duck while he was fly fishing for Carp right in front of a lakeside restaurant.  He finally landed and released the foul but endured the awful event with a full crowd of spectators having dinner in the eatery.  I hooked a water skier when I was a kid.  The guy on skis was totally at fault.  I didn’t land him but there for a minute I learned what it was like to hook a tarpon. 

You are going to find Light Cahills, Yellow Sally Stoneflies, Golden Stones, Caddis and a lot of other flies hatching.  I would fish with the Cahills and Yellow Sallies or terrestrials.  Ants and Green Weenies will work.

I got an e-mail that showed the schedule for re-stocking brook trout in Lynn Camp Prong.  They will begin on Monday June 8th.  TU volunteers have been asked to help.  Using electroshocking equipment, Southern Strain Brook Trout will be captured from other streams and placed in a TWRA hatchery truck. The brookies will be taken to different locations on Lynn Camp.  The trout will be released into cages and volunteers will be camping along the stream.  Park Fisheries Biologists are expecting bear trouble.  Those bears up there have figured out that a cage in the water is an easy meal.  That happened last year when the rainbows were removed from the stream. Cages were destroyed by bears and the trout were consumed.

Dr. Brad Cook told me the bears even removed the cages that were holding aquatic insects while they were doing the bug sampling this Spring.  The bears were hoping for cages full of trout.  When they got them out of the water and dragged them into the woods they got nothing.

I’m off today and at home.  In my truck parked by the house is all of our warmwater tackle that I store at the shop.  I’m going through all of it today and tie some flies that we will need.  Paula and I plan to float Little River, downstream from town in a canoe for two days.  We will be fishing for smallmouth bass or anything else we can catch.  Our plan is to cover 14 miles.  One problem has come up.  There is an 80% chance for thunderstorms tomorrow.  So, we may change the plan and float Friday covering only 7 miles.  A second problem may surface.  Heavy rain tomorrow might mean high water and dangerous conditions on Friday.  If that happens, we’ll re-schedule for next week.  No big deal.  So I could spend the next three days tying bass flies and poppers.

What we really need are some Stealth Bombers.  I watched closely at Kent Edmonds tying them at Troutfest. His look at lot better than mine.  Now that I have seen him do it I’ll make some changes in my method.  Kent invented them and he has modified the original.  I’m going to the fly shop today to buy some small stinger hooks and leaders.

I’ve got tons of poppers that I made last year.  But I don’t have the crawfish pattern that a customer from Florida showed me.  I have one of his for a sample and the materials to make some of those.  One interesting component in his foam pattern is a ½ piece of split shot glued to a piece of foam just ahead of the hook eye.  The crawfish is tied backwards with the head at the bend of the hook.  This weight makes the crawdad sink with it’s head floating higher and the flap where the split shot is located causes the fly to wiggle.  Everyone I have showed this sample to think it is an amazing innovation.  Me too.

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

Byron Begley
June 3, 2009 

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