Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is rising over the mountains and it is already warm in Townsend.  There were a few people on the streets earlier.  One lady was walking two big dogs at a fast pace. 

I was awakened last night two times by Mother Nature.  First, at midnight, a pack of coyotes were conducting some noisy activity right behind our house and outside the bedroom window.  They sounded like they were in the house. I don’t know if they were fighting or chasing something.  Then at 2:00 am a thunderstorm blew in. It was intense and noisy for a short while.  That rain did not drop much water at the shop or in the upper reaches of the river.  It was not up hardly at all.

The river looks fine though.  Flow is about normal at 115 cfs.  Median flow for this date is 131 cfs.  It’s hard to tell the difference between those two levels.

Fishing is fine.  I was off yesterday but read Daniel’s Fishing Report.  He wet a line before work yesterday morning.  Dry flies are working well early and late.  Terrestrials would be my first choice.  Try an ant or beetle pattern.  A Yellow Stonefly dry would be another good pattern to use for a dry.  Under the surface I would certainly pick a Green Weenie, no doubt about that.  I’ve heard too many stories lately about how that fly is working.

Little River is fishing well for bass and rock bass.  Again, the best time to fish is early and late.  If you are fishing in town avoid mid-day when the tubers are active.  The fishing won’t be good anyway.  Trout fishing in town is slow.  The water is warm and the river has not been stocked for months.  Trout stocking will resume here this Fall.

The heat is awful here.  I know it the same for many of you.  Right now our highs and lows are at least 10 degrees above normal.  Normal high this time of year is 84 degrees.  Normal low is 61 degrees.

Meteorologists are predicting a cooling off period starting Saturday.  It still won’t be as cool as normal but it will be a lot more comfortable.  Right now it is not worth the trouble to me to launch the boat for a couple of hours just to be baking in the heat two or three hours later.  My best option now is to fishing the river in town or in the Park.  I can do that before work or after.

I’m waiting for a new Rio Smallmouth Bass line to come in, hopefully today.  I have a new Temple Fok BVK 6 weight rod and an Orvis Large Arbor reel to try out.  Bass fishing right here in town is very good.  It gets better further downstream.  If our weekly Rio order comes in today I might try the river tomorrow morning. 

On my day off yesterday I organized our boating and fishing tackle.  I did manage to tie 20 black Stealth Bombers to sell in the store.  I plan on tying 4 colors to sell.  I swore I would never tie flies to sell again.  I got my fill of that in the early days.  The problem is, we can’t get Stealth Bombers from Rainy’s, the only tying company that makes them.  They have been out of stock.  What you normally see here comes from them. 

Also, mine are different from theirs.  I’m not saying the way I tie them is better for most people and all waters.  They use the originator’s latest updated pattern.  His name is Kent Edmonds.  CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE HERE.  He knows what works best in most places.  He’s a better fly fisherman than I am.  He is also a guide in Georgia.

Jack Gregory and I have found that this particular pattern works best in our clear water for smallmouth bass where we fish.  It does not have much flash and there are only 4 legs.  He and I caught 83 smallmouth bass one day on this version.  That’s what I’m tying.  I may have them tied commercially for next year’s season.  Kent and I were going to get that done this year but I didn’t have time to do it.  I have to send samples to Rainy’s and buy a bunch of them.  Kent works for Temple Fork but also reps for Rainy’s Flies and other companies.  The Stealth Bomber is the best top-water fly I have ever used for smallmouth bass.  This new one will be called the Stillwater Stealth Bomber.  Because of the long name our computer thinks it is a Stillwater Bomber.

It will take me a couple of weeks to get these flies ready to sell in all four colors.  Right now I’ve got 20 black flies to go on the fly wall today.  My plan is to tie a few every day between shop chores.

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

Byron Begley
August 4, 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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