Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny this morning in Townsend.  Traffic is light and we can expect a hot day in the Smokies.  Yesterday afternoon around 4:00 a tiny storm cell moved over our town and dropped a lot of rain for about an hour and a half.  We looked at the radar, it was barely a speck on the map, but that storm had some rain to share with us.  This morning our rain gauge had 1.10” of water in it and the Airport didn’t get a drop.

The flow in Little River spiked up last night but dropped back down.  There was a little color in the water this morning.  The water temperature was 70 degrees at 8:30 am.  Currently the flow is 70 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 96 cfs.  So, the water is still somewhat lower than normal and the temperature is still hanging in the 68 to 70 degree range.

The weather forecast has changed unfortunately.  It is going to be warmer during the day and night that was previously thought a couple of days ago.  Expect highs near or above 90 during the day and lows in the low around the mid 60’s.  There is not much of a chance for rain over the next few days.  But, there wasn’t much of a chance yesterday either and we got over an inch.

Fishing will be better in the mornings early before the sun hits the water.  The trout are going to be spooky as they usually are this time of year.  They don’t like having their backsides close to the surface.  They feel vulnerable.  They will be trying to hide in riffles and pockets or under cover.  You may see some trout in the slow moving pools but they have probably already seen you and the trout consider you a predator.  Stay hidden, make a good presentation, get a good drift and you will catch some fish.  The higher elevation streams will be colder throughout the day.

I imagine fly fishing in the lakes is still slow for smallmouth bass.  Those impoundments need to cool down.  Some are cool due to discharge from dams upstream.  Others are hot.  Go early in the morning.  Be on the lake at daybreak.  Once the sun hits the water they fish are going deeper.

The Troutfest Marketing Committee will meet here this afternoon.  The committee includes me, Joe Rentz, Sarah Weeks, Neil Smith and Dave Anderson.  Sarah won’t be here today.  We will lay out a plan with time lines.  Included this year is a full color magazine with articles about Troutfest, Great Smoky Mountains fishery projects, interesting people and hopefully some fishing advice.  We will be selling ads to sponsors as a new fundraiser for Troutfest.  I’m looking forward to getting started with this group.  Joe, Dave and Neil are all new committee members with vast experience in marketing and special events. 

I have been working on some baitfish patterns and I shot some pictures yesterday.  Some are tied using materials that are new to me.  The photos below are tied using marabou, palmer hackle, epoxy and Clear Cure Goo.

Check them out.

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

Byron Begley
August 29, 2010

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Baitfish Fly tied using Palmer Chenille 
These flies are tied with a marabou tail, the palmer chenille is tied in then wrapped to the eye of the hook. I held the fibers back and applied some 5 minute epoxy to the body back to where the eye would be attached. After holding the fly for a minute or so the epoxy set up and the fly body shape was established.
Same fly with a White Tail  
Before the epoxy dried I applied some stick on flat eyes, then put another coat of 5-minute epoxy on the head and forward part of the body, covering the eyes. This makes for a very durable fly. After the epoxy dries you can trim the palmer chenille using scissors. Hold the marabou tail out of the way.
Another fly with a white tail  
This is another fly tied with white marabou. The fly above was also tied using white but I colored the top of the fly using a marker.
Same as above with long lip  
You are probably wondering about the diving lips by now. I am too. I formed the rim of the lip by tying in a piece of 44 pound test fluorocarbon. Then I applied Clear Cure Goo (thick) and turned the fly in the vice until the void in the loop was filled with goo. Using the UV light the lip goo set up in seconds. I have not tried this lip yet so it may not work well.



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