Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy this morning and warm, 74 degrees.  It is going to be hot later, 95 degrees.  Traffic was light on my way to work.  I spoke to a restaurant owner yesterday.  He said it was a slow day.  Kids are going back to school.  Summer vacations are about over.  I stopped at the swinging bridge like I do every morning to take the water temperature.  It was 71 degrees.  Little River looked good.  At first I thought there was an increase in water flow from yesterday morning.  That judgment depends on which rock I stand on.  Actually the flow is about the same as yesterday morning.

Little River is flowing at a rate of 151 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 122 cfs.  There is no rain expected for days and the heat will continue, with highs in the 90’s and lows in the high 60’s to low 70’s here in the valley.  Of course, it will be cooler in the Smoky Mountains.

We had plenty of customers in the shop yesterday but I was busy processing merchandise orders and didn’t talk to any anglers.  Fishing is probably still good like it was on Saturday.  Most fishermen did well on Saturday.

Terrestrials and Yellow Sally imitations are working best.  Beetles, ants and Green Weenies are producing extremely well.  If you have trouble seeing beetle and ant patterns you have my sympathy and I have the same problem.  A Yellow Sally stonefly pattern is usually easier to see.  But, Green Weenies are about the best fly you can use right now.  I know, they don’t float, they are not a dry fly.  Many people like to use dry flies and I’m one of them.  I guess the right thing to do is try a dry first.  If that doesn’t work use a Green Weenie weighted with a small split shot attached to your tippet 3 or 4 inches up from the fly.  I’ve always used one #6 split shot when the water conditions are fairly low like they are now.

I would hike above Elkmont and fish a tributary like Fish Camp Prong. 

I mentioned yesterday that two people have drowned in Little River so far this Summer.  I met briefly with Pat, our Mayor yesterday about some City issues.  He reminded me that three people have drowned in the river this year.  I forgot about the first man.  The identy of the young girl who drowned Saturday was released.  She was 17 years old and lived in a small town near Orlando, Florida.  What an awful thing to happen.

Last night after work I was organizing the fly rods and getting them back in their designated spot.  I do that before I place an order.  That avoids mistakes.  I found another Sage Z-Axis rod that I will put on sale today.  It is a 9’ 4 weight.  We’ll knock $200 off.  These are excellent rods.  A reader of this report bought one of the 9 weight rods this weekend. 

I placed a Temple Fork order last night.  We do that about once a week.  There were 8 rods on the order and I think 5 of them sold yesterday.  We’ll be back in stock by Thursday.  I e-mail the order to Temple Fork after closing on Sundays.  That way, they will get started on it first thing Monday morning.  I did the same thing with Orvis last night.

The Temple Fork BVK in all sizes from 3 to 8 are selling better than just about any product we have sold.  They are red hot.  This is a $250 rod but it acts like one that costs a lot more.  I’ve got one here in my office.  It was a birthday present from Paula.  I have not lined it up yet.

These Rio smallmouth fly lines are selling well too.  I put three on the peg Monday and two are gone.  I’ll order more today.  I cast one of those lines last week on a new Sage “One” rod.  I don’t know if it was the line or the rod, but to me it was the perfect combination.  I don’t think I’ve ever cast anything that did better.

So, I’m waiting until we replenish the Rio Smallmouth lines this week and one of those will go on my new TFO BVK outfit.  The reel is an Orvis Hydros III large arbor. When this heat wave subsides, I’m go fishing.

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

Byron Begley
August 1, 2011

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Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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