Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and warm this morning.  Traffic was extremely light on my way to the river.  On July 11, 1951, I was born.  So that makes me, uh, hmm, 60 years old today.  I really don’t feel any different than when I turned 50.  As usual, I’m starting the day feeling very good.

Little River looks fine and dandy.  The water is low but it’s usually low this time of year.  In fact the river is flowing at normal.  Today the flow is 128 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 129 cfs.  The water temperature is 72 degrees.  That will rise considerably today.  It is supposed to be 96 degrees in the valley today and 97 tomorrow.  I hate that.  Paula and I are going fishing tomorrow.  I bet we don’t stay out in the boat all day.

Clay Aalders  of Smoky Mountain Gillies met some clients here yesterday morning.  They drove to the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.  To their surprise and mine, it was blown out by heavy rain the night before.  That rain missed our watershed here.  They found some decent water up there and caught some trout. 

Fishing is good.  It’s about like it should be.  Today I would go up high to escape the heat.  You could fish in the mid-elevation streams and do well.  If you do that get into the backcountry somewhere on a smaller stream where there is plenty of shade.  I would hike above Elkmont and fish up there. 

Ants, Beetles, Yellow Stimulators, Yellow Sally patterns and other terrestrials will work for a dry fly.  I would certainly have some Green Weenies.  They look like good tasting inchworms to the trout.  I like to fish them under an indicator with a piece of split shot attached to the tippet about 3 inches up from the fly.  You will catch plenty of trout using that combination.  Just don’t let the fish see you and run them through some choppy water or hit the pockets behind rocks in the riffles. 

I’m not expecting much on the lake tomorrow.  We’ll try for bluegill and smallmouth bass.  We’ll be looking for shady banks.  I’ve got a feeling this will just be a relaxing boat trip.  I hope to be on the water at 7:30 am.

Jack Gregory, Bill Guinn, Michael Bryant and I are meeting here today. Michael is taking over the vendor responsibilities of Troutfest.  Bill is the new Troutfest Chairman.  Jack and I will assist Michael.  Today we will mull over some changes.  Bill, Jack and probably Michael have some new ideas. 

One thing good about our Vendor Team is, we all live here.  So, we can meet at the Visitors Center to map out changes.  We can come to my office to make changes in the website.  The bank our TU Chapter uses has a branch here.  Michael can easily make deposits from vendors.  And, he has 10 years experience at running a fly fishing show in Ohio.  I’m looking forward to this meeting.

Bill is jumping in as Chairman.  I knew he would.  I talk him a lot about ideas and trying to remember to tell him everything I know about being Chairman of this event.  He is certainly putting more time into this job than I did.  He is retired though.  I know, because of him and our well seasoned committee, Troutfest 2012 will be the best ever.  This year we expanded the Troutfest Committee to 25 people.  That will make things easier for everyone.  And we’ll all do a better job. 

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

Byron Begley
July 11, 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 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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