Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun shines bright in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  Traffic was light early.  There were several people walking on the bicycle path and sidewalks in town.  The people are here, just not out yet.  Monday is usually the “calm” after the storm as far as people go.  When the weekend is over, our population shrinks.  That is what it’s like living in a resort town where tourism is the main factor that drives the economy.  I’m glad they decided to make this area a National Park some 76 years ago.  One third of our County lies within the boundaries of the Park.  Our County does not get property taxes from the Park Service.  What we get instead is tourism.

Little River looks very good.  The flow is 153 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 123 cfs.  We have a good chance for more rain over the next two days.  Then it’s going to get hot, in the low 90’s on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday.  After that it is supposed to cool off some and rain should return. 

Fishing is good.  Early and late are the best times to fish.  Dry flies are still working best.  Fish in the riffles and broken water.  Get a good drift.  Use a fly that mimics a Yellow Sally Stonefly or terrestrial like a beetle and you will catch some trout.  Yesterday we had some beginner students in the stream for their first time ever experience.  I talked to two very young students.  They each caught a few trout.

Higher elevation streams are fishing very well.  Brook trout are very active in the cool waters up high.  Hiking into the backcountry is another good idea.  The smaller shaded streams are a great place to spend the day without being bothered by people. 

Anyone ever caught a river sturgeon on a fly?  Me either.  Maybe someday we will.  Ten years ago, river sturgeon were stocked into the Tennessee River tributaries.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency stocked 85,000 of them.  They grow to a length of  6 feet and can weigh up to 300 pounds.  Now, the agency is trying to find some of them.  They are using trotlines.  This is an interesting story.  Read it on the Knoxnews website by CLICKING HERE.

I’m getting ready for some striper fishing.  I’m hoping to go Wednesday.  Every night I’ve been tying some huge Enrico Puglisi streamers.  I’m buying some 2/0 stinger hooks today and make the flies even larger and heavier.  I’m hearing the big fish have made their way into the cooler water below dams.  Walleye, smallmouth bass and trout are mixed in so these big baitfish patterns might catch about anything.  One thing is for sure, the fish will be large if they take a 1/0 or 2/0 streamer.  “I might need a bigger net.”  “I might need a bigger boat.” 

Here is a cool website I’ve been using.  It is called Sportsman’s Connection.  Here, you can download high resolution lake maps.  These maps have great information and depth detail.  I downloaded Tellico Lake a couple of night ago for less than $7.00.  The map I got had more detail than my printed plastic map.  There is a lot of other information that you can read of these maps too.  So far I’ve bought two maps and plan to buy more.  To view that site CLICK HERE.

I ordered some interesting fly tying materials yesterday.  I am gradually adding new stuff for you and me.  They are called fly tails.  They are made of silicone and resemble the old jigs called a Mister Twister. I was reading a smallmouth fly fishing book for the third time and came across the author’s revelation and this time it stuck in my mind.

If you can design flies that resemble a Mr. Twister you will catch smallmouth bass.  These Fly Tails resemble the curly tail on a Mr. Twister.  So, I bought some for all of us.  I guess you could just buy a Mr. Twister grub and somehow secure it to a hook.  I have not tried that. 

Anyway, they will be here in about a week.  I bought two sizes of three colors, black, white and chartreuse.  I picture a wooly bugger with a curly tail.  I also picture a largemouth bass going after these things like crazy.

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

Byron Begley
June 27, 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 May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
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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