Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a quiet, peaceful morning in Townsend.  There was hardly any traffic on the streets earlier.  I stopped at the swinging bridge to take the water temperature as I do every morning.  There was a guy standing on the bridge watching the river go by.  Stream watching is one of my favorite pastimes. 

The river is fairly low.  Flow is 91 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 128 cfs.  We have a 50% chance for thunderstorms today and a 70% chance tomorrow.  Some small spotty storms moved through the area yesterday.  Little River’s flow jumped slightly.  It looked like the cell was stationary over the Elkmont area.  It must not have dropped much rain.

Fishing should be fine in the higher elevations.  I would pick Elkmont or above.  I might fish the upper end of the Middle Prong of Little River.  Dry flies are producing best.  The Yellow Sally imitations, Yellow Stimulators, beetles and ants work best.  For sub-surface fishing try a Green Weenie.  It is going to be hot during the day for a while.  We’ll see 90+ degree temperatures in the valley through Monday. 

To escape the heat, go into the backcountry or fish the really high streams.  You probably won’t see many other fishermen.  You will see tubers, swimmers and rock skippers on the main rivers where access is readily available.

I got my weekly day off yesterday and couldn’t find anyone who wanted or could go fishing.  So, I washed (deep clean) and waxed the boat.  I also tied some striper flies.  The striper fishing has really picked up from what I’m hearing.  I think I had one on last week but lost it. Where we know the schools of striper are, the lake is littered with trees.  A guide told me the other day that it is almost impossible to land one in there.  From the boat it looks like you are hovering over a forest.  It’s kind of creepy out there too.  You can plan on losing some very time consuming flies.  I spent an hour and a half on one yesterday.

I’m going to order a plug retriever from Bass Pro today.  Also, I’m thinking about getting some swivels or snaps so I can change flies quickly.  I can’t believe I’m even saying this.  My striper rig is a 9 weight rod.  I’m using 18.5 pound tippet.  When I’m running down the lake I don’t want a 6” Puglisi getting tangled in the wind.  So, my solution is to have a swivel or snap tied on the tippet.  When I get to where I’m going to fish I’ll just pull out the fly and clip it on.  I keep these flies in flat plastic tubes and in a box so they hold their shape until the get wet.  These flies are tied on a 2/0 stinger hook and the shank is wrapped with lead free wire to get them down.  Hopefully Paula and I can get on the lake tomorrow night.  I guess it depends on how busy we are here.      

It is bluegill and shellcracker time.  The evenings always seem to be best for that kind of fly fishing this time of year.    

There will be an interesting meeting this afternoon at the Heritage Center.  Bob Harris of the Black Bear Solar Institute will be holding a public meeting or that’s what I heard.  Evidently the word did not get out.  Michael Talley told me about it.

Bob heads a non-profit organization with a mission to install solar powered automobile charging stations in the area.  These stations will be scattered around town.  If you have a battery powered car, your on-board GPS system will tell you where these charging stations are.  You pull in, plug in, swipe your credit card and wait for a couple of hours.  During that time you might eat lunch or shop around town.  Profits from this venture will be used to fund the Appalachian Bear Rescue Center in Townsend.

They have some big plans.  Bob made a presentation to us at the last Townsend Planning Commission Meeting.  He and I met here last week.  We may put a couple of those stations on our parking lot.  We are going to find other locations.  Motels would be perfect.  Having a station there would be an incentive to stay overnight. 

I also put Bob in touch with some people who own several thousand acres near town.  Much of that property is limited by a conservation easement.  The bear center is looking for a new home.  And I think this relationship might work for everyone. 

I contacted some people this morning including two of my friends at Channel 10.  If I got it right the meeting will be held at 2:00.

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

Byron Begley
July 7, 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
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