Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  We are getting some very light rain this morning.  It is foggy too, not at ground level but higher.  The mountains are completely obscured from my view here.  It looks like the flatlands here today.  Traffic was fairly heavy, especially for 7:40 am.  We must have a lot of visitors here to view the Fall colors.  The colors are beautiful. 

Little River is flowing at normal thanks to the rain we got over the past couple of days.  There is more rain on the way.  We have a 90% chance for showers today and 80% tonight.  Then it is going to be clear and nice this weekend.  Flow in Little River is currently 65 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 67 cfs.

I was off yesterday so I don’t have any customer’s fishing stories to tell.  I imagine the fishing is very good.  The higher water and perfect water temperature would indicate that.  We do have a full moon but the skies have been cloudy at night.  That is good. 

I know you could see some blue wing olive hatches in the Park today.  Be ready for that.  I was fishing a tailwater yesterday and BWO’s were everywhere.  Trout were rising to them.  But, lots of different flies should work today in the Park.  It seems like a nymphing day to me.  The dark sky will be helpful.  The other conditions are perfect too.  I would try a Pheasant Tail or Tellico nymph.  Terrestrials might work too. Try a beetle or Green Weenie.  Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis are always a good choice.

The extra flow in the river should benefit smallmouth anglers too.  I drove along Little River in the lower stretches yesterday.  She looks good!  More rain today will make her look better.

I fished with Josh yesterday.  We planned to fish the Holston for smallmouth bass but the generation schedule was awful for that.  So we went to his place that he does not discuss on the internet.  Since he is a guide and makes his living there, I can respect that too.

Fishing started very slow.  We were using poppers and Stealth Bombers.  Finally, I mentioned a Tequeely.  I had two in my box.  We buy these flies from Orvis.  The last time I tried to order they were out of them.  This thing looks a little like a Girdle Bug.  At the head is a copper bead.  The body is wrapped with copper metallic tinsel chenille.  The legs are yellow and there are 6 on each side of the body.  The legs are long.  The tail has yellow marabou underneath and black on top. 

I have been hearing about these flies.  They are supposed to be deadly for smallmouth bass.  I tied one on and immediately caught a bass.  Soon after that, I caught another.  I rowed Josh’s drift boat and he started casting with my rod and the Tequeely.  They hammered it.  We caught and missed several smallies using that fly.  I’m a believer now.  Later we switched to poppers and they were working.  The bass were for the most part sipping the poppers, not slamming them.  We both missed a lot of fish.  I didn’t keep track of how many we caught.  It was a good day.  Josh and I both will be tying Tequeely flies in different sizes and weights.  I doubt if we will change the colors.  It doesn’t look like anything that I’ve seen in a river.  That puts it in the “attractor” category.  I will keep trying to get them for you.  I looked when I walked in the shop this morning.  There are three left.     

The Hatchery managers from Dale Hollow and Erwin will give a presentation to the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Their topic will be “Mitigation Stocking” or the lack thereof.  Funding for tailwater trout stocking is one of the huge topics discussed in the trout fishing circles around here.  The Chapter meeting will be held at the Elks Club on Lonas Road in Knoxville on Thursday October 20th at 7:00 pm.

We finally got our first Tiemco Hook pre-season order in yesterday for the new year.  I’ll be receiving them and putting the hooks out today.  We will get a shipment every month for the next twelve.  I have to adjust the shipments two week prior to the ship date to reflect what we sold. I have a shipment of bass flies on the way from Umpqua too.  The smallmouth fishing is going to be really good until it turns cold.  I guess that could happen at any time.  Then, I’ll switch back to trout for a while.

Tonight is Planning Commission night.  This will be my first meeting without serving as the Chairman for a year.  That should take some pressure off.  We had our officer elections last month.  It was time for me to roll off as Chair and Jo Ann took my place.  I’m the secretary.  Basically what I do is sign stuff.  Our City Recorder takes notes and records the meeting using a digital recorder so I don’t have to do that. It will be good to see everyone.  I’m looking forward to it.

We are working on Troutfest.  I’ve been contacting the National Sponsors and Vendors.  I am introducing them to Michael Bryant.  Mike will work with the National folks and all other vendors too.

Fishing should be really good this week.  Get out there and do it!

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

Byron Begley
October 13, 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 October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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