Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy, overcast and 70 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The critters have gone nuts!  I was backing my truck in the driveway and a wild turkey walked across our drive.  I had to stop to let him cross.  Then I drove down the hill on our gravel road.  There, in John’s garden were three of his cows, munching on fresh vegetables.  Mixed in with the cattle were 7 or 8 more wild turkeys.  I was in a hurry so I didn’t stop to take a picture.  Now I wish I had. 

I found a place to pull over to call Paula.  She was going to call John to let him know the cattle were out again.  Notice how I pulled over to make a call on my cell phone?  There is a good reason for that other than safety.  I probably make about 6 or 8 phone calls on that cell phone over the period of a year.  I have the thing for emergencies, like cattle that have escaped.  I forget how to use the phone. 

We got a brief but heavy shower yesterday.  One customer was in here at closing time and said Little River was muddy downstream.  The flow in town barely ticked up on the gauge.  Other storms passed around us last night and none of them dropped rain on our watershed.

Right now at 8:05 am, the flow is 68 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 129 cfs.  The water temperature is 72.25 degrees.  The water is clear in Townsend.

We should get some rain today, tonight, tomorrow, tomorrow night and Monday.  I hope so.  The streams are low.  But they are not too low for good trout fishing in the Smokies if you adjust your tactics for these conditions.  The trout are going to be in the riffles or choppy water where a riffle enters a pool.  If you see them in the pools, they probably see you.  If they see you, they probably won’t take your fly.  Concentrate your efforts on the faster water.  Go into the backcountry, maybe above the Elkmont Campground.  Drive up toward Newfound Gap.  Fishing those higher elevations streams.

Well I’ll be, the sun just came out.  Maybe we won’t have cloud cover all weekend after all. 

You have cloud cover in your favor today (maybe) and through the weekend (hopefully).  That is good for fishing during the day.  When the sun is shining it is often hard to catch trout.  On those days the fishing is usually better early and late.  On sunny days I would try to find smaller streams that are shaded. 

Fishing in the lowland rivers has been fair.  Smallmouth bass fishing will be good this weekend.  They don’t like direct sunlight either (see above).  You may find some of those rivers are muddy depending on where the scattered storms passed through.

The tailwaters are fishing well for trout and smallmouth bass.  I’m hearing some good reports.

I’ve been gathering lumber, slatwall, paint, stain and polyurethane to re-model part of the store.  The area is about 200 square feet.  I hope to get that done by the end of next week.  The department will display lots of new t-shirts and caps.  Over the past year I have taken one department at a time and pretty much re-modeled, re-configured, re-signed, re-stocked and re-arranged each one. 

Yesterday I picked up 145 t-shirts from our embroidery people.  Half of them are long sleeve.  The theme is our new Brook Trout Restoration T.  That is 300 of those we’ve brought in during the last 6 weeks.

Next week, our printer in Nashville will lay layers of ink on another 150 shirts with the “My Favorite Smokies Trout Streams” theme.  This is a new design.  They will be available in short sleeve and long sleeve shirts.  Another new Townsend T design is in the works.  I hope to have those shirts in here in three weeks. 

I talked to Kent Edmonds yesterday.  He had some interesting things to say.  One is, Temple Fork made a new Tenkara rod or really two of them.  We will be stocking those.  He also said he attended ICast in Orlando.  That is the largest fishing dealer show in the United States, maybe in the world. This show represents mostly conventional fishing but there are some fly fishing manufacturers displaying their tackle.

He told me there is a new emphasis on how colors of lures react under a black light.  Evidently, UV rays penetrate the water deeper than other components of the sunlight spectrum, or that’s what he was told.  When he got back to Georgia from the show, he pulled out his Clear Cure Goo UV light and tested fly patterns.  I’m going to do the same thing. 

One thing he told me that I found interesting is, yellow rubber legs show up like crazy under a black light.  He said that maybe, that is why the Carter’s Rubber Legged Dragon works so well in deep water for big bluegill.  Great!  I’ve tied probably 200 rubber legged dragons over the past two years. Almost none of mine have yellow legs.  I wonder too, if the Tequeely smallmouth bass fly is so successful because of those yellow legs?  Could be.

He said Chartreuse fared well.  I believe that.  Lefty has always said, “If it ain’t chartreuse, it ain’t no use”.

I know without even testing, white shows up well when exposed to a black light.  I remember back in the 60’s when black lights were popular in rooms where young people gathered to discuss whatever and listened to music.  If you wore a white shirt, you stood out among the group.

This is an interesting topic and only Kent would come up with this.  He is one of the most thoughtful anglers I know.  He invented the Stealth Bomber, the best warmwater fly I have ever used only to be rivaled by the Wooly Bugger or the Puglisi Threadfin Shad.  And then there is also Carter’s Rubber Legged Dragon, the one with yellow legs.

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

Byron Begley
August 4, 2012

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