Townsend, Tennessee
September 20, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is cloudy and we have had some light rain since yesterday afternoon and through the night.  It only amounted to .15” though.  One of the weather websites predicted we might get an inch or more today.  Rain is in the forecast for the next few days.

Little River looked good this morning.  Since the online flow gauge is not working we have to go into the Park and look at it to get a reading.  That’s not a bad way to start the day.  I go up to the “Y” and turn around then drive back to the gauge site.  The water was up a little from yesterday morning and there was a little color to it.  The flow is calculated to be around 205 cubic feet per second from a gauge reading of 2.05 feet.  Average flow for this date is 73 cfs.  What we have here is a good flow, especially for this time of year. 

I would fish higher up on the Middle Prong or East Prong of the Little River.  The water will be cooler up there and the fish more active.  Above Elkmont would be a good choice.  Fishing the higher elevations of the West Prong of Little Pigeon would be good.  Joe McGroom came by yesterday morning.  He had been on the river since daybreak.  He said the fishing was pretty good.  He lost a 22” brown last weekend while fishing with David Knapp.

There was some talk about Green Weenies on the Message Board.  Some people are asking how to fish them.  First, you can use the fly as a dropper.  Hang it off the back of a foam beetle or something that floats well.  If your dry fly is buoyant enough add a small split shot to the Green Weenie.  Or use a strike indicator and weight the Green Weenie.  Use weenie imitations that have the loop tail.  That gives them action in the water.

Here comes the heavy rain! 

Today I am building the new Chota Shop on our online catalog.  You can watch it proceed.  You can see it HERE.  I designed a prototype banner and added a slideshow yesterday.  I plan on changing the wording on the banner.  Now I’m adding the new products.  The first one I put on yesterday is a new wading boot called the Caney Fork.  I like this new boot. I like the Caney Fork too.   You can also purchase Chota cleats, either the Case-Hardened Steel they’ve been selling for years or the new Carbide-Tipped cleats.  They screw into the “Cleat Receptacles”.  I wonder who at Chota came up with the name “Cleat Receptacles”?  I like that one.  Good job! 

I’ll ad more Chota products today.  I have some more photography to do and I expect to have this project finished by Friday.  You can pre-order any of the new gear.  Most of the new items won’t be available until November and I’ll get better information next week.  If you do order we won’t charge you until we ship them.

We have another load of Jim Casada’s books on the way.  We are selling the heck out of them.  Thanks to all for ordering or picking them up at the shop.  Daniel ordered another 48, 24 hard covers and 24 soft covers.  They should be here tomorrow.  We’ve been doing this about every week. 

Fishpond has done it again.  The line sounds completely new.  There are some new items but a lot of the great products that have been mainstays have changed colors.  I have just seen a list.  Hopefully the photography and catalog will arrive in a day or two.  I want to show you the gear in the October “Little River Journal”.  As soon as the Chota Store is finished I’ll start adding the new Fishpond stuff.

I posted the link to our September issue of the Journal on the Message Board last night.  I usually don’t release the link until the next issue comes out.  Our customer Scott didn’t get his and I guess we typed in his e-mail address wrong when he signed up.  So now that it is out you can see it by CLICKING HERE.  Enjoy.

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

Byron Begley
September 20, 2009

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