Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is extremely foggy this morning.  I was driving on the main highway through town doing 5 miles per hour below the speed limit and I saw Frank, one of our policemen firing his radar.  After I passed he turned on his emergency lights and flew out into my lane behind me.  That seemed odd.  As he blew by me he activated some sort of alert horn about three times then disappeared into the fog.  One day I bragged to him that I was the slowest driver in town.  He said I was not.  He did say I was the second slowest driver in town.

Little River looked fine.  Flow is 128 cubic feet per second which is about normal for this time of year.  Median flow for this date is 116 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 71 degrees at 7:30 am. 

Fishing should be OK in the Park but I have not talked to any returning anglers since Saturday.  Fishing was good Saturday.  According to the people I talked to the best flies to use were Green Weenies, beetles and ants.  Most important now that the water is back to normal Summer low is stealth.  You’ve got to stay hidden.  The fish will be found in the riffles or near cover.  Early mornings and late evenings will offer the best fishing.

Fly fishing in the lakes is very slow, especially for smallmouth bass.  The water is warm and those fish are deep.  The river smallmouth below dams where the water is cooler will be more active.  You can catch smallies in the rivers such as the Little Pigeon or Little River early and late. 

Schools are starting back so things are slow in our town.  We had a good July though.  I was surprised at the end. 

There is not much going on around town that I know about.  We only have two items on next week’s agenda at our planning commission meeting.  I work with Sheila, our city recorder on the agenda each month.  We talked yesterday.  Then she sends it out to the commissioners.  This month we only have a new house to work on and a group of cabins on the river that the owner wants to subdivide and sell individually.  The outcome of the cabins will be a PUD with common areas for parking.  These might be perfect for someone looking for an inexpensive fishing cabin on the river.  When this is approved by the city I’ll let you know.  The cabins are small but the location is perfect.  They are close together though.

Our Simms rep is coming Friday.  He will be in his huge motor home that you see at Troutfest.  Daniel and I will review the new wading line then I will see everything else.  He will be here all day and spend the night.  Simms is coming out with some wading boots featuring felt soles.  I am happy about that.  We sell boots with rubber soles but I wouldn’t wear them in the Smokies.  I wear felt.  I fell off a ladder this week in the shop.  I was one step higher than I thought and backed down to the floor which was on step lower than I thought.  Even though I didn’t actually go all the way down, I’m still sore.  Falling on some rocks in a stream is not something I want to have happen.  Therefore, I wear felt.  I guess rubber soles and studs are fine in most cases.  Up here, I never felt secure on the round rocks wearing rubber, though I have never fallen while wearing rubber.

It is going to be hot for a few days so I’m staying indoors.  Tomorrow is my day off so I’m going to be at home tying flies.  I’ll be glad when this heat wave is over.  It won’t be long.  Next week is looking better.

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

Byron Begley
August 2, 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 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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