Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy in Townsend this morning.  We had some thunderstorms blow through last night.  I don’t think there was any significant rainfall anywhere around here.  We got 1/3” at the shop, about the same at the Airport and Little River has not risen much at all.  We probably got less rain in the Park.

Flow is currently 54 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 71 cfs.  The water temperature in town this morning is 67 degrees.  The water is getting warmer again.  High temperatures this week will be in the high 80’s to 90 degrees.  Lows will be in the high 50’s to mid 60’s.  This isn’t the heat wave we experienced this summer, but it is going to be warmer than normal.  There is almost no chance for rain over the next 10 days according to the website.  That could change of course.  If we don’t get more rain the streams will be low.

Fishing in the Park is fine now. I would be fishing in the higher elevation streams and maybe way up high.  I would use light tippet and dry flies with droppers.  For a dry I would choose a beetle, rubber legged Stimulator, yellow Elk Hair Caddis or a Parachute Adams.  My dropper would be a Green Weenie.

I've done well using a Green Weenie weighted with a #6 spit shot. Sometimes I use a foam indicator or just fish the fly with a tight line. Because the fly is easy to see, I have often watched it swim and wiggle through the water and see trout chasing after it. Sometimes you will see them actually take the fly. Sometimes in the Fall the Green Weenie can be the best producing fly in your box for trout in the Smokies. They have saved the day for me a few times. This is the simple fly to tie. Beginners in our fly tying class start with that fly even before we go to the Wooly Bugger. You may wonder about the loop tied on the tail end of the hook. I wondered too. I think it was Joe Humphreys who told me it gives the fly action. If I remember correctly it was Joe's friend, George Harvey who first tied this version of an inchworm with the loop in it's tail.

There is not much news in Townsend or the Park today.  I did meet with Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Regional Director Steve Borden and Community Relations Officer Yvette Martinez yesterday.  We met at their office in Knoxville.  I really liked them both and gained a lot of respect for them.  It was a get acquainted meeting that will ultimately open new communication avenues between our town and TDOT.  I have nothing to report to the press so please wait until the October 5th meeting to get the story. 

I know some reporters read this report to get breaking news in our town.  Yvette Martinez is a former reporter for two different television stations in our market.  She told me yesterday that one of the stations reads this report.  I already knew that.  She was a great reporter.  I couldn’t help but be star struck by her.  She is perfect for that job.

Here is a cool story.  Volkswagen is building a huge assembly plant in Chattanooga.  And part of that project includes updating the rail system so their cars can be shipped on trains.  They are expecting to ship 9 out of 10 automobiles by train.  That is smart.  It saves fuel.  Other companies will use the updated rail system around Chattanooga as well.  You can read the story HERE.

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

Byron Begley
September 17, 2010

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