Townsend, Tennessee
August 15, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and already warm this morning.  Tourist traffic is low for now.  People will be here later today to dip in the cool waters of the Smokies streams.  Anglers will seek higher ground away from the crowds.  There is one problem in the Park for everyone on this side.  A rock slide has required the closure of Little River Road between Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont.  There will probably be traffic backed up and confusion for those who don’t know about the closure.  The Park Service says the road will be closed through Monday.

Little River looks really good.  We got a little rain here in the valley last night around 8:00 so the forest is wet but there is very little water in the gauge at the shop.  The river level rose some early this morning.  The flow is currently 156 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 109 cfs.  The 44 year low on this day was of course year before last at 28 cfs.

Anglers are catching trout in the mid-elevation streams.  Fishing has been fine in the mornings and evenings on the Middle Prong of Little River higher up.  Fishing has been good above Elkmont.  If you do plan to fish at Elkmont you will need to enter the Park from Gatlinburg or Cherokee then turn at Sugarlands.  I would think about going up 441 and fish up high.  The water will be cooler and there will be less swimmers.

It’s hard to beat the Green Weenie right now.  It is working for everyone who is using it or at least to my knowledge.  Terrerstrials or anything with yellow should take trout as a dry fly.  Drop a small sinking ant or Green Weenie off the dry.  A Parachute Adams and Bead Head Pheasant Tail combination would also be a good choice.

Paula and I were fishing Puglisi Threadfin Shad patterns yesterday for cruising smallmouth bass.  We also fished the banks and found some nice largemouth.  But every time we had one turn on our fly they refused it eventually.  There were some big fish too.  One thing I noticed was our patterns had more sparkle than the baitfish we were trying to represent and the water was very clear.  We tried all sizes so the sparkle had to be the problem.  I’m going to tie some this weekend without the sparkle and see what happens next week. I think we will also go to 12’ leaders and maybe fluorocarbon.  

Further down Tellico Lake in the warmer water anglers are reporting the bluegill fishing has slowed.  But, on Fort Loudon it is good.  I could just be the time of day or something like that.  This is not scientific data, just me talking to fishermen. 

A new movie has been released that I want to see.  It is a documentary featuring The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.  Now, I have not wanted to see a movie since Forest Gump.  Before that it was A River Runs Through It.  The new movie, “It Might Get Loud” is about the music of these three guys, some of the best guitarists ever.  I said some of the best because there are many others.  The Edge plays and writes for U2.  Jimmy Page was the guitarist with Led Zeppelin and Jack White is from a new generation of world class musicians.  These guys represent three generations of rock music. 

There is also an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal called “But How Was the Music”?  I learned some “new to me” information about the Woodstock Concert.  Here is the link.

This is a music report right?  Maybe not.

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

Byron Begley
August 15, 2009


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