Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The temperature was 69 degrees in town this morning.  I have not seen the temperature below 70 at 8:15 am in a while.  It felt good.  Townsend is very quiet with very little traffic on the streets.  I drove through Pigeon Forge yesterday on my way to Bass Pro Shops and traffic was light there as well.

There has been an interesting trend in the fly fishing and outdoor market in our region.  Business has been very slow since August 1st.  Our business during the first two weeks was down 20% from last year.  I have had calls from other fly shop owners and hear the same thing.  Yesterday I asked some people at Bass Pro how their business has been.  I heard the same thing.  August has been awful.  So, that makes me feel better.  I spent some time with Ed in the fly shop.  He’s a smart guy and a very competent fly fisherman.  He and other staff people at the store send customers to us if they can’t fill the customer’s needs for some reason.  I always thank them when I’m at Bass Pro, Gander Mountain or the Orvis Store in Sevierville.  Of course we reciprocate.  I personally send customers to all three stores.  The “Most Important Goal” is to take care of the customer. 

Fishing is getting better in the Smokies.  Daniel fished yesterday before work on the West Prong of the Little River.  He landed 12 trout using a rubber legged stimulator.  He only fished about an hour, maybe a little more.  He also said he caught or hooked multiple fish in the same run. 

Increased water levels and slightly cooler water temperatures are helping.  Also, lack of angler participation during this heat wave equates to less pounding of the water.  So, the fish are not being hammered every day and are probably forgetting about us. 

Little River is flowing at a rate of 156 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 109 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 70 degrees this morning.  Things are looking up.  Our business was very strong yesterday.  With predicted temperatures that are somewhat more comfortable to anglers and to the trout, we’ll see more people fishing. 

I guess if I went fishing today I would use a rubber legged yellow stimulator size 14.  It worked for Daniel yesterday.

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

Byron Begley
August 20, 2010

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