Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sky is very dark in Townsend right now.  On the radar it looks like some rain might move in.  The temperature is 65 degrees.  Traffic is light as one would expect this time of year during the week.  The view of Great Smoky Mountains National Park from my office is spectacular.  The air is clear and the mountain scenery is beautiful.  It is a nice day.

Little River getting lower again.  It is at normal level for this date.  Flow is currently 75 cubic feet per second.  Median flow on September 15 based on 46 years is 77 cfs.  The water temperature was 63 degrees at the swinging bridge early this morning.

A cold front is moving in today.  As a result, high daytime temperatures should be in the low 70’s to 80 degrees through the weekend.  Lows at night will be in the 50’s in the valley and cooler in the mountains.  There is a slight to moderate chance for rain each day for the next 10 days.

According to customers and friends, fishing has slowed some in the Smokies.  It is low water that we usually have this time of year that is to blame.  The trout are back in the riffles trying to hide from predators including themselves if they are large enough to eat a fish.  You should be extra careful not to spook the trout.  Wear clothing that blends in with your surroundings and don’t cast a shadow over the water you are fishing.  If you do that, the game is over.  Use lighter tippet.  6X has been selling well the last few days. 

Dry flies should work.  Hit the pockets behind rocks in the riffles.  Fish the areas where a riffle enters a pool and the water surface is still broken.  Catching a trout in a slow moving pool will be hard.  It is possible do to do it in the deep pools using a nymph but I would not count on that. 

Terrestrials, Parachute Adams, Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns, Neversink Caddis and other dry flies should produce some action.  If we do get some rain and the water becomes turbid, big nymphs and possibly streamers will work.  I don’t think we will see turbid water today but you never know.  One weather website predicts a 60% chance for rain.

Anglers I’ve talked to who target smallmouth bass also say the fishing is not what it was last week.  I think Josh and I are going fishing after work today.  We’ll be downstream somewhere in Little River if we go.  I know we will be using poppers.  I have a black Stealth Bomber tied on to a 6 weight rod in my truck right now.  I also have a fiberglass 4 weight with a Rubber Leg Dragon tied on.  I’ll use that for bluegill if we fish some deep pools.  I guess we’ll see what the weather does and make a decision this afternoon. 

Either way, I’m going fishing somewhere tonight.  Yesterday was my only day off and I spent it running errands and doing toilet repair work at the house.  Since I had the wrong parts, two out of three toilets are down right now.  Kohler is sending the right ones as we speak.

I also have 6 dead wrist watches in addition to the two dead toilets.  I found a watch repair store in Maryville online and called them.  I took 3 watches into the shop.  I picked out a watch band for one and asked that they replace batteries in all of them.  I left to run errands and returned two hours later with three watches that are running now.  The lady who helped me was one of the owners.  She and her husband open at 10:00 and close at 3:00 pm.  I asked how long they had been in business.  She said they had been at that location for 47 years but their business was older.  I can’t remember exactly how long they had been in business.  She talks to the customers and sells watches.  He is in the back repairing them. 

She also told me they talked about retiring a long time ago.  She said they like working with people and that’s why the business stays open.  I’m guessing they are in their mid-70’s.  Now that is cool.  They are a couple after my own heart.  I understand completely.  She processed my credit card with one of those manual operating slide machines that imprint the card information on carbonless paper.  She did not check my card to see if it was valid.  I asked how they got their money for credit card transactions.  I can’t remember how it was done before we got those small computers that allow you to swipe the card and check for a positive outcome.  She said they mail the receipts in and the money is deposited in the bank. 

I have owned a business continually for 37 years.  I am 60 years old.  I opened my first small printing shop when I was 23 years old.  Retirement is not something I would consider at all unless I had to.  I would miss the daily contact with people.

I have a lot in common with this nice couple at the watch shop. God bless them.  I’m looking forward to taking the other 3 watches in and talk to that nice lady again soon.  I like people too and I liked her.

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

Byron Begley
September 15, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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