Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was 50 degrees outside when I drove to work.  That felt good.  Fog was thick in the low-lying areas but the mountain tops popped out above the fog.  The air is very clear.  This will not be a normal Monday.  The Labor Day weekend ends today.  We’ll see a stream of travel trailers and motor homes leaving Townsend this afternoon. 

Park spokesman Bob Miller has some tips on avoiding crowds in the Park during holidays.  You can read them in the MARYVILLE DAILY TIMES HERE.  I’ve know Bob for many years.  He knows more about the Park than anyone I have met.  Herb and I got him once though.  He didn’t know where Fort Harry was located.  We didn’t either.  We tried to find the location up near Road Prong and Walker Camp Prong.  We could only guess.  We probably guessed wrong.

Little River is cool again, 64 degrees in town.  Fishing is good in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The water in most streams is low which means you have to be very careful when approaching the area you want to fish.  The trout will be hungry and active at all elevations this morning and up higher throughout the day. The bright sun shining on low water puts the trout in survival mode.  They don’t like low water as they have a greater chance to be eaten by predators.  They still have to eat.  If you don’t spook them, make a good presentation and get a good drift you should do fine. 

The flow in Little River is 42 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 98 cfs.  There is a chance for rain later this week but the temperatures will be on the high side.

I am working on 9 days straight so yesterday I left the shop early, went home and started making black poppers.  They are all #8 with rubber legs and a rubber leg tail.  I got about 14 bodies completely made and added the decorations to a few of them.  Black poppers work well around here.  Black is the preferred color in the lakes we fish. 

I’m going to make plenty of them over the next few nights.  The first batch has a cupped mouth.  I have a Dremmel tool mounted on a small base.  The grinder hollows out the popper face in just a few seconds.  But, I’m going to make some without the cupped face.  Removing the foam makes the popper ride low in the water.  Sometimes I even lose sight of them.  Another reason these flies ride low is the weight of the solid plastic eyes.  Even the 4.5 mm eyes with most of the stems cut away are heavy.  I can’t find any solid plastic eyes in a size smaller than 4.5mm. If I could, that’s what I would use on a #8 popper made using a 5/16” foam cylinder. 

That size popper is my favorite for two reasons.  They are small enough to catch large bluegill and the fish doesn’t take the fly too deep.  The fish is not harmed.  The small bluegill can’t eat it so you only catch larger fish.  Also, the fly is a good size for bass.  It’s the perfect size for me and the fishing I like to do.

Making poppers is a fun hobby.  You can read an article I wrote about making these poppers by clicking HERE.

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

Byron Begley
September 6, 2010 

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