Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is warmer this morning, 68 degrees when I drove to work.  It is cloudy too. There was some traffic on the streets this morning.  People are moving around.  That seems odd during the week after a holiday weekend.  We are expecting busy weekends in Townsend until January.  As the air gets cooler, more people will be visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Little River moves slowly along.  There is a good chance for rain today.  We can use it.  The flow right now is 37 cubic feet per second (cfs).  That compares to normal at 85 cfs for this date.  The water temperature shot up yesterday.  This morning my thermomoeter read 68 degrees.  Yesterday morning it was 64.  It is going to cool off some this week.  The high today is expected to be in the mid 80’s with a low tonight in the high 50’s. 

Fishing for trout in the Park is good if you have figured out how to deal with water levels that are lower than normal.  I like fishing a dry fly in the riffles when the water is like this.  I would choose a small beetle or Yellow Stimulator.  A Green Weenie is working very well right now.  Larger trout can be caught in deep pools with heavily weighted streamers.  Get out there early or late when the sun is off the water.  Or, if you are fishing during the day concentrate on the shady water.

I’m looking at the weather radar right now.  We may get some heavy rain unless it moves to our North.  I’m hoping for a ground soaker. 

I’ve been looking for jig hooks to sell in the shop.  These hooks are becoming more popular for tying streamers.  The shape of the hook and the position of the eye helps keep the hook point riding up which is great for flies designed to drag on the bottom of a river or lake.  You don’t hang up as much.  These hooks also work well with a cone head or barbell eyes for weight.  A couple of customers have been asking for these hooks.  Now, I want them too.

The problem I’ve found so far is they are expensive.  If we buy them will customers pay the price?  At first I didn’t think so.  Now, after doing some research, I think they will.  The Meat Whistle designed by John Barr is a perfect example of a fly tied on a jig hook. This fly uses rabbit strips, rubber legs and all kinds of stuff that fish like.  This would be a perfect fly to catch a big brown trout in the winter here or smallmouth bass about anytime except maybe after they spawn.  I don’t have time to tie these flies before Paula and I go to Dale Hollow so I bought a few downstairs.  You can read about this fly on the FLY FISHERMAN MAGAZINE WEBSITE HERE.  Look at that brown!  Yea, I think we start stocking those expensive jig hooks.  If customers don’t buy them I will. 

I bought my first full sinking fly line a couple of days ago.  I bought one specifically made for a 7 weight rod.  I have reels rigged with sink tip lines and they have come in handy but I hardly use them.  This is also my first Rio line.  It is density compensated which means it is heavier toward the tip and lighter further back.  This helps keep the line in a straight trajectory from your rod tip to the fly which is essential for fishing slow moving flies on the lake or stream bottom.  I’m looking forward to trying this.

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

Byron Begley
September 8, 2010


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