Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy but as I pulled out of our driveway this morning I could see a large flock of wild turkeys spread out in our neighbor’s field.  A field full of turkeys in the valley below Rich Mountain is a sight to see on your way to work.  On the other side of Rich Mountain lies Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Townsend is quiet this morning.  The weekend is over.  The tourists that were here are mostly gone.  Tourism is light in this part of the country during late August and early September.  It’s been that way for the 20 years I have lived here.

Little River looks fine but the water level is low.  Right now the flow is calculated to be 62 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 91 cfs.  The water temperature was 70 degrees in town at 8:30 am.  It is going to be hot during the day this week, in the low 90’s or maybe in the high 80’s.  Lows will be in the mid 60’s.

Fishing will be best in the mornings very early.  The low water is creating hiding problems for the trout.  The rainbows will be in pockets behind rocks in the riffles.  Or they will be concentrated in the moving water where a riffle enters a pool.  The brown trout will tend to be hiding under structure in the slower water or they could be in the pockets too.  I would start out with a beetle pattern or a rubber legged yellow stimulator.  A black Chernoble Ant might coax a brown into taking a dry fly.  Fish in the shady areas and stay hidden.  If the trout see you, the game is over.

More news is focused on Townsend’s City Ordinances baring use of the State Right of Way by adjacent landowners.  HERE is another article that appeared on the website today.  What a mess. By the way, Mr. Maples was not the only person getting orders from the City to keep structures and cars off the Right of Way. The City told me to move Troutfest off the ROW which I did. There were others too.

We had a great Troutfest Marketing Meeting yesterday.  Our marketing committee is made up of some very talented people who are professionals in advertising, graphic design and event organization.  One is David Anderson.  He is Director of Special Events at Dollywood.  Neil Smith is a graphic designer in Knoxville with experience in creating a special magazine for a saltwater fishing tournament held in Miami, Florida.  This tournament has raised millions of dollars for fighting crones disease.  Neal has been organizing this magazine for several years.  Joe Rentz is a retired Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Sarah Weeks is Director of Development at Friends of the Smokies.  I have a 30 plus year career as an owner of a printing company. 

Together we are working on a plan to publish a Troutfest full color magazine called the Troutfest Journal.  We will give sponsors ads for supporting Troutfest.  We believe this will help our sponsorship effort.  We created a timeline and we only have 9 months to get it done.  We are also adding some professional writers to the committee.  Until this year, our marketing committee consisted of me and Sarah.  This is a big step which should increase attendance and profit which  is donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park for fisheries work.  Some money may also be donated to a kids trout camp held at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute next year.     

Below are some more baitfish patterns I have been tying.  You can see others I posted on yesterday’s Fishing Report.  Look for the Archive Section down the page on the left.  From there you can read past reports.

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

Byron Begley
August 30, 2010

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Enrico Puglisi Threadfin Shad 
The Puglisi Threadfin Shad is one of my favorite flies. The Threadfin inhabits most lakes in the south and you will find them in the tailwaters below TVA and other dams. They are a very important forage fish for all predator fish. This one is about 2" long and it's tied on a Gamakatsu Stinger Hook, size #2.
Smaller Threadfin Shad  
This is the small version of the Puglisi Threadfin. I tie these in lengths of 1" to 1 1/2". It is tied on a #4 Tiemco Egg Hook. This is a good size to use during the summer when the shad are small. These flies tend to hold their 3 dimensional shape in the water.
Shad with a Marabou Tail  
This was Jack Gregory's idea. Tie a Puglisi Threadfin Shad with a Marabou tail to give it more action. I don't know if he has tied them yet but I found it to be very easy.
Shad with Marabou Tail and Lip  
This Threadfin has a diving lip. I formed the hoop out of 44 pound florocarbon tippet. Then, I applied a pretty good amount of thick Clear Cure Goo. I turned the fly in the vice throughout the application so it would not drip. When the void was filled I kept turning and shined the UV light on the lip which set up the Goo immediately. This fly has not been tested in the water.



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