Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 53 degrees in Townsend this morning.  What a difference a day makes.  The trees are beginning to turn to Fall colors and the most dramatic and noticeable difference happened last night.  Maybe it was the cloud cover yesterday.  But this morning the yellows have appeared and I saw several trees in town that are losing their leaves. 

Little River is up some since yesterday morning.  Currently the flow is 94 cubic feet per second compared to median flow of 71 cfs for this date.  The water is clear.  We did get a little rain yesterday, which would account for the increase in flow.  The high temperature today should be around 69 degrees and it is supposed to be cloudy all day.  For the next ten days we should expect highs in the 70’s to low 80’s.  Lows at night will be in the 50’s.

Fishing should be good though I didn’t do too well last night.  Today’s cloud cover is going to be an advantage for the angler.  Cooler water temperatures are another.  The water was 62 degrees at the swinging bridge this morning.  I may fish the Middle Prong after work.  I can’t pass up this cloud cover advantage.  I will probably be using a Neversink Caddis.  This little fly has a small piece of yellow foam attached to the body.  That helps me see the fly.  You should do well with about any dry fly within reason.  A Parachute Adams, beetle, Thunderhead, Elk Hair Caddis or any high floating and visible pattern is good right now.  An Orange Elk Hair Caddis might be perfect come to think of it.  Nymphs or subsurface choices would include a Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  I’ll probably fish just the dry tonight.

Those big rocks under the swinging bridge and that deep water tempts me every morning.  I have planned to drift a Stealth Bomber through that beautiful piece of water for weeks.  The tubers are gone. That perfect day was coming and yesterday was it.  At closing time we had a light rain falling.  You can’t beat that.  It was cool.  I like that.  So I drove down to the bridge and pulled on my waders.

I crossed the bridge to fish from the other side of the river.  I walked down stream and waded in, casting a Black Stealth Bomber with a six weight rod.  I was working my way up to those large rocks.  Anticipation was high.  I stopped casting and watched the river bottom as I waded closer to the intended target.  When I looked up a lady was standing on one of the flat topped boulders casting a worm into the run I intended to fish.  What a disappointment that was. 

I yielded to her and moved upstream past the rocks.  I had already lost one fish.  I don’t know if it was a rock bass or a smallmouth.  Above her I caught a rock bass, not a big one but a fish just the same.  I decided to move down river, crossed the bridge and as I stepped on the ground on the other side, she decided to leave.  I drove down to the other end of town and fished a shallow run that often produces some nice smallmouth bass.  The water was low.  My fluorocarbon 8 pound leader sank and caught rocks three times.  I did lose another fish and I’m almost sure it was a rock bass or French Bass as they are commonly referred to around here.  After an hour and a half of relaxing time on the stream, I went home at 7:00.  I think I’ll fish the Park until we get some rain and higher water.

I don’t know what’s happening on the lakes.  It has been a week and a half since I fished one.  I think the water needs to cool off some more.  It will soon.  I tuned up the boat motor and changed the oil this week so she is ready to go. 

Some people I know attended the memorial service last night for Michael Wright.  Michael was known by many people around here as an avid sportsman.  He worked for Blackberry Farm as a shooting instructor at the sporting clays range.  He was 39 years old when he passed away early this week.  He was evidently fishing or paddling on the lake at Top of the World.  His kayak was found upside down.  His body was recovered the next morning in 8 feet of water.  What a terrible accident.  What a tragic loss.  I didn’t know him well but we have met.  Many of his friends do what we do here, take care of sporting customers.  There are not many of us in this business sector in Tuckaleechee Cove so there is somewhat of a brotherhood with us.  I pray for his family and friends.  This was so sad.

It looks like we are going to have a very nice weekend in the Smokies.  Hopefully the fishing is good and it should be, the rivers look excellent. 

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

Byron Begley
September 16, 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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