Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Townsend is quiet.  School starts back today in our County.  August is always slow around here, at the shop too.  This is transition time.  We’re used to it.  It is sunny and hot again.  There is no relief in sight.  July was the hottest in 17 years.  We had three days over 100 degrees.  Thankfully July was also wet.  We are not expecting high temperatures to be below 90 this week until the weekend.  There is a slight chance for rain every day.  August is one of my least favorite months. 

If you go fishing, go early.  Unless you plan to go to the high elevations streams where the air and water are cooler, go early.  If you are fishing on the lakes, go early.  If you are going hiking or bicycle riding, go early.  It’s go early time here. I would fish with terrestrials like beetles, ants and Green Weenies in the Park.  

Little River looks good for this time of year.   The flow right now is 170 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 116 cfs.  Fishing for smallmouth bass has been picking up in the river, especially downstream toward Walland.  But, you need to go early or late.

Fishing on the lakes has been slow for fly fishermen who have not figured out where the smallmouth bass are.  I’m one of those people.  My guess is, they are about 5 feet down in the lakes we fish.  Before we got a chance to try that last week we were blown off the lake by a thunderstorm.  The second day we fished, we went late and concentrated on bluegill and shellcrackers. 

Wapsi, one of our largest suppliers sent a sample of Palmer Chenille to us.  I took some home to figure out what to do with it.  Palmer chenille is a string with a material that looks like fine Flashabou extending out one side only.  The fibers are a little less than an inch long.  I tried palmering a hook.  It looked like a minnow with about have of it’s body chewed off.  So, I tied in a tail of white marabou then palmered the Palmer Chenille with the fibers pointing to the back of the fly.  I kept wrapping until the hook shank was covered.  It didn’t look much like a shad at that point.  So, I mixed up some 5-minute epoxy, held the material back then smeared some on the first 5/8” of the fly behind the eye of the hook.  When the epoxy set up it held the Palmer Chenille back.  It looked like a minnow.  I stuck on some eyes and put on another coat of epoxy.  This thing looks killer.  We ordered some in the color “Pearl” to stock in the shop but the next time we send in an order we’ll have shad gray on it too.  I really think this will be a great fly for all species of fish, even saltwater fish.  We’ll see.

Our internet traffic has been good this year.  For the year starting January 1st, through July we have had 702,526 visitors to our website.  That’s right at 100,000 per month.  If you log on twice during a 24 hour period you will only be counted once.  You could log on every day and be counted every day.  Thanks for visiting our website. 

Well, it’s time to get to work.  Thank you for being here today and for supporting us.

Byron Begley
August 2, 2010

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