Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and it is going to be hot in Townsend, Tennessee today, 97 degrees they are saying.  There is no rain in the forecast until Monday and it’s going to be scorching hot until then.  It is supposed to cool off some next week.  Traffic is moderate in town.  We still have some visitors here for their last minute vacation. 

Little River is getting low and it will get lower before we get some relief in the form of rain.  The flow is 67 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 128 cfs.  The level is low and the flow is slow but it is much better than a few weeks ago.  Also, I remember flows around 20 cfs during the droughts of 2007 and 2008.  So, it’s not like we are having water problems.  We have a good chance for rain later next week and who knows, we may have water too high to fish.  That would be a welcome change. 

Fishing is pretty good in the Park.  Fishing in the mid-elevations requires waking up early and being on the stream at daybreak.  After the sun gets higher in the sky, the fishing has been slower.  The high elevation streams are fishing fairly well.  The water is cooler but it is low right now.  You should concentrate your efforts and enjoyment in the riffles.  The moving water offers stealth for the trout and they are there to avoid being eaten by a predator.  There is also a higher concentration of dissolved oxygen in the riffles.  Most dry flies are working.  Terrestrials are doing well.  Try a beetle or ant.  Yellow Sally stoneflies are pay off too.  I bet a Green Weenie would work.

Paula and I are planning to fish on Tellico Lake Wednesday and Thursday of next week.  I have not been fishing in a month because of my hospital visit and surgery.  I am anxious to go.  I’ve been tying flies every evening and I usually get one tied in the morning before going to work.  Right now I’m still tying black Stealth Bombers for us, Jack and Ron.  I’m tying lots of different combinations.  Kent Edmonds, the originator of the fly sent me two dozen of the new bodies.  He has a cutter designed specifically for a #6 SB and that saves a lot of time.  Also, you get a perfect body.  I’m talking about the fly body, not mine. 

This morning I dug out my old Scott fiberglass 4 weight fly rod.  I’m going to add it to our rod collection in the boat.  I think this will be an excellent bluegill rod.  Can’t wait to try it.

I mentioned yesterday that gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam will be at the shop on Monday.  Originally the plan was for him to be here at 3:00 for you to meet.  That’s changed.  He will be here at 4:00.

Yesterday I worked on getting celebrities for Troutfest next year.  First, I talked to Rick Pope, CEO of Temple Fork Outfitters.  He is paying for and bringing Lefty Kreh back.  Our shop has already committed to sponsor Joe Humphreys.  He plans to stay a couple of days with Jack Gregory so they can go fishing after Troutfest.  Joe and Jack have become big buddies.  I talked to Frank Bryant who owns Chota.  He said he is bringing Bob Clouser back.  Jim Cassada will be here again.  I think Tom Rosenbaurer will be here too.  Tom would be sponsored by Orvis if he comes.  There will be plenty of other talented people to give fly tying demonstrations.  I’m going to work on that next then re-design the website.

Believe it or not most of our vendor spaces are pretty much full for Troutfest next year.  I am taking down the portion of the website that asks for vendors to apply.  We will not be taking any new vendors right now.  We may contact a couple next year if we have room.  I guess, just about everyone had a good show and almost all of them want to come back.

I was reading the Washington Post website this morning.  Evidently, during the night, Adm. Thad Allen made the decision to evacuate the oil spill site in the Gulf due to the approaching tropical storm named Bonnie.  Some of the vessels involved will remain in the gulf so they can get back to work soon after the storm passes.  If they all went to port, it would take 10 days to get back and start working again.  The storm is projected right now to make landfall in Louisiana.  That is bad news.  Hopefully that will change.  Making landfall in Florida would push the oil out to sea instead of blowing it into the Louisiana marsh.  I hope it changes direction.

Well, get ready for the heat.  Be careful out there.  The heat indices are expected to be over 100 degrees.

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

Byron Begley
July 23, 2010

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