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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and a cool 56 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Almost every morning and evening I have been seeing wild turkeys around our house.  Today there were eleven.  Last night there were two gobblers in the orchard just a few feet from where I drove by.  One of them had a very long beard but he was small.  It is so cool to see wild turkeys.  We never saw any when I was a kid, back when I loved hunting almost as much as I loved fishing.

Little River is painfully low.  Flow right now is 38 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 85 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am was 64 degrees.

Fly fishing in the Smokies is not going to be easy.  Charlie came by last night just before closing.  He had been fishing all day.  He said he caught 28 trout and most of them were caught on a Green Weenie dropper.  I think he said 20 were caught on the Weenie.  He said the fishing was tough because the water was low.

Now, catching 28 trout sounds like a super day of fishing for Charlie.  But Charlie is not your average fisherman.  One a good day he catches more than that.  He knows how to fish small streams when the water is low.  He was in the backcountry and the creek he fished was probably shaded.  He made short casts and got a good drift.  I don’t know what dry flies he used and it probably didn’t matter.  I would guess he used a small yellow Stimulator, a Parachute Adams or an Elk Hair Caddis.  Maybe he used a foam beetle.  Of course we do know he used a Green Weenie tied on a short piece of tippet material to the hook bend of the dry fly.

So, you know you can catch trout and if you want to improve your low water skills, do what Charlie did.  Go to a small stream and enjoy your day.  This weather is wonderful.

The tailwaters are fishing pretty well at times.  They usually are unless TVA is pouring lots of water through the dams.  Fishing for smallmouth bass in the lower stretches of those tailwaters has been good and in some cases excellent.

Fishing on some of the lakes has been better too.  Go early and late on a week day.  I went to the dentist yesterday.  My dentist is John and we are very good friends.  He said he has been catching the heck out of fish on a Knucklehead.  That is a fly I tie and sell in the store.  He said he catches everything on them from bass to bluegill and even carp.  I’m getting low on these flies and I better start tying more.  We don’t sell them on the website or I would never keep up.

A marina on Norris Lake caught fire early yesterday morning.  It is estimated that the damage amounted to $1 million to the dock and boats.  Firefighters saved a lot of the boats and docks.  You can read an article on the KnoxNews website by CLICKING HERE.  Thankfully there were no injuries and everything was not lost. 

The marina owner thinks the cause could have been either a battery charger or battery.  The fire apparently started on a boat. 

That disturbs me personally.  I have two batteries hooked up to a maintenance charger downstairs in the storage room. I check on them often by feeling the charger and the batteries for excess heat.  Maybe I need to build a lockable shed outside for my boating stuff.  They make some small buildings you can buy and set up yourself on a concrete pad.  That might be a good idea.

Today is September 11.  Today is 9/11.  Today we will remember a tragedy on American soil carried out by terrorists.   We were attacked like we were at Pearl Harbor and Oklahoma City.  This is a day of prayer and remembrance.  We will never forget how this tragic event changed people’s lives.  It changed all of our lives.  We lost some good Americans and people from other Countries.  We found people who led everyday lives suddenly become a hero.  That one event caused wars and more Americans died or were injured.  Today we will remember.

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

Byron Begley
September 11, 2012  


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