Townsend, Tennessee
August 6, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The Begley's boat was gone from the parking lot this morning on its maiden voyage. I'm glad they got the chance to go. The last several times they planned on fishing the weather wouldn't cooperate. It would rain the day before or even the night before they were going to go.

The river looks great this morning. It is really hard to believe that it is August. Water levels are above normal and water temperatures are cool. The rainfall this year has been wonderful. The weather station at the airport is 4.6 inches above normal and it is 7.77 inches above last year.

With the exception of the full moon, fishing should be very good today. Water levels are great and temps can't be beaten for this time of the year. Everything has been fairly quiet as far as people go. School has started already in some areas. I saw some yellow sallies on the back door this morning at the Shop.
Dry flies are my favorite way to fish in the Smokies this time of year. I'm not a purist by any means...I just like to see them come to the top and hit a fly. The great thing with dry fly fishing is that even if you miss a strike or the trout races up to the surface then refuses the fly you still get that excitement of seeing the action. The best is when you see a rise up ahead and carefully work yourself into that perfect spot. Who am I kidding....there is never a perfect spot when you finally find a nice trout rising. When you work yourself into the awkward, off angle spot with the limb hanging low behind make that perfect backcast that ever so carefully threads its way between grabby twigs...the line rolls out and the fly floats down to the water with barely a ring to announce its arrival. You are still marvelling at actually having got the cast in close to the fish when it lazily tips up its nose, opening that white mouth and not biting the fly, just lets it flow in. Now, hopefully, you aren't in too much shock to raise the tip of the rod connecting with the leviathon. With a swirling splash of river the fight is on. track..I would have some Stimulators or a variety of other yellow stonefly patterns in the box. These are a staple of Summertime fishing in the Smokies. Terrestrials such as ants and beetles are very good especially if you are going to be out during the warmer parts of the day. Cast these flies up under overhanging limbs. Don't be afraid to cast to some of the dead looking water if it has a protective overhang. You might get surprised.
Nymphs like BH Pheasant Tail, BH Prince, Tellico and Copper Johns are doing well with the higher water. Don't forget about the good 'ole Green Weenie.

If you are headed to the Smokies around the first of September be aware that you are likely to run into some closures. I read that on the 1st and 2nd of September they are going to have the New Found Gap Road closed. Sam McDonald also posted on the message board about some trail closings during that same period. They are having a re-dedication of the Park as part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations. I haven't heard who is going to be there but they must be important enough to warrant closing trails for security. I haven't gotten my invitation yet...maybe it is lost in the mail.

Time to get started back to working. We just got in a big shipment of TFO rod tubes. We also got one of their new BugLauncher rods. It is a 7' 4/5wt. I haven't gotten to cast it yet.....that is top of the To Do list though.

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

Daniel Drake
August 6, 2009


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