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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and 59 degrees in Townsend this morning. I could not see any mountains this morning.  They are obscured by fog.  Traffic is light.  This is the week before a holiday.

Everybody’s getting ready for Labor Day Weekend which kicks off the Fall tourist season.  Tourism is up in our County this year.  I got the Hotel/Motel tax numbers last week.  We have two types of visitors in our County, leisure and business.  Leisure travelers usually stay in the Townsend/Walland area.  Business travelers spend the night near the Knoxville Airport which is actually in our County, not in Knox County.  The hotel/motel tax is used to advertise us as a destination for both business and leisure.

The rivers and streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are getting lower.  We have not had rain in a few days.  Little River is still flowing above normal though not by much.  Right now, flow is 117 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.69 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 104 cfs.  For all practical fishing purposes, the streams are low which is typical this time of year.

Fishing is good despite low water.  Fishing is excellent for some anglers.  From what I’m hearing, nymphs are working very well.  Probably the best way to fish a nymph right now in most areas of streams is to drop the nymph below a dry fly.  In some cases you might want to get down deep.  Ask Brownie who showed everyone the big brown he caught this weekend.  He was fishing deep.  I mentioned this fish yesterday and reported it’s length at 23 ½ inches.  Brownie said in his report it was 22 ½ inches.  Either way, it is a beautiful brown trout.  You can see his post on our message board by CLICKING HERE.

I noticed our website activity was very high over the past 24 hours on the Message Board pages when I checked this morning.  Lots of people were checking out Brownie’s big fish.

Two great nymphs you can use this time of year are the Green Weenie or the Barbie Bug.  Some people refer to the Barbie Bug as a Pink Weenie.  You can see them in the photos below.  They are simple to tie and they are effective, extremely effective. They are tied using Micro Ultra Chenille.  You can CLICK HERE and visit our Summer Fly Selection on the online store.  There you can read more or buy them.  I’ve had the Green Weenie save the day for me many times over the years.

Green Weenie and Barbie Bug trout flies.
I spent hours last night searching the internet for interior images of fly shops all over the United States.  I have probably 50 screen shots to show Daniel.  We are re-arranging and remodeling our store.  We are trying to figure out what to do.  The plan is to move the fly tying materials to the mezzanine level upstairs.  I would like to get that done before November when the fly tying material sales really pick up.  We’ll need to remove some partition walls and open that area up.  Next is, what do we do with the new wall space downstairs. 

At issue on our main level is removing things that block the view of walls.  Then, we’ll replace those obstructions with something that does not block walls.  I plan to measure the building and work on a layout at night after work over the next few days.

It is going to be warm and dry for a few days.  I think we’re going to have normal August fishing conditions this week which means you will need to be well hidden from the trout and use lighter tippet.  Rain is in the forecast for next Monday, Labor Day.

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

Byron Begley
August 26, 2013

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