Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and cold, 34 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was light but AJ’s Restaurant was packed.  I think a group of folks from Laurel Valley meet there for breakfast once a week.  They must meet on Thursdays.  I can’t see any mountains right now.  I took off yesterday, the first time in 13 days.  I just stayed at home, tied flies, listened to music and took a nap.  I looked out the front of our house at one point and saw something I have not seen in a while. I could see the Smokies specifically, Rich Mountain.  On the other side of the mountain is Cades Cove.  Our view is blocked during the Summer by trees.  But, all of a sudden in the Fall, the mountains come back into view.  Often, during the Winter, we will see snow up there when there was only rain down here. 

Little River looked great this morning.  There is plenty of water in her channel.  Flow is currently 122 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 90 cfs..  The water temperature was 45 degrees earlier.

We may have some fairly significant rain over the next two days.  The front is coming our way from the West.  It should arrive late this morning.  Warmer temperatures will accompany this front.  The low tonight is supposed to be in the mid 40’s.  That is much warmer than it has been lately.  That is good news for all of us.  The water will get warmer and the fishing will improve in the Smokies.  The warm temperatures will stay with us for a while, at least until Wednesday. 

This cold water has slowed down the fishing in the freestone streams.  You can still catch trout and your chances of hooking into a big one are better than ever.  But, overall, fishing is slower. 

Nymphs are what I would use.  Put some split shot on and dredge the bottom.  Most patterns will work.  Try a Tellico, Prince, Hare’s Ear or Copper John.  Try some large nymphs too.  You might get surprised.  Hatches will probably be Blue Wing Olives and midges.  That may or may not happen.  BWO’s like nasty weather and we should be getting just what they want. 

This is a great time to be in the Smokies.  You can see so much more since the leaves are pretty much gone.  This weekend is going to be perfect.  There is no rain in the forecast after Friday morning.  Highs will be in the high 60’s down here, much cooler up there.

I started reading a book which is rare.  I have not read one since “The World is Flat” by Thomas Freidman.  I did read Jim Casada's book before it was published but not after. My new book is “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson.  Paula bought it for me at Target, day before yesterday.  It is fascinating.  I knew very little about his childhood and teenage years.  I did not know much about the founding of Apple Computer.  I learned about Apple when the Mac was brought to the market in 1984.  Since I was in the printing business for over 30 years, there is not telling how many Macs I have purchased.  I think I bought 7 in one year.  Right now we have 4 of them operating here and at home.  One of them does nothing but run our larger sound system at at the house. 

I read something interesting this morning.  Steve and Waz brought in a 10% partner when they formed Apple Computer.  They were trying to raise $25,000 to get started.  The minority shareholder got nervous and gave his stock back.  Had he held onto it, today it would be worth over $2 Billion.

I came up with a new fly last night.  I tied two dozen Stillwater Stealth Bombers yesterday.  These flies float fairly well but the hook and tail are submerged.  Maybe that is a good thing.  Maybe that is one reason it works so well.  We use them differently here for smallmouth bass.  We don’t strip them or plop them much.  We just cast them to the water and wait.  In the rivers we watch them float downstream.  They drives the smallmouth bass nuts.

This new fly is made from two pieces of 2 mm foam.  The foam is cut in strips 5/16” wide.  It has a huge head and thick body.  This thing floats.  Right now there is one floating around in a water bowl on my tying desk with a Stealth Bomber.  They floated there all night.  I kept picking them up and dropping them into the bowl and watched.  This fly is just as easy to tie as a Stealth Bomber, it floats higher and I think it might work better for our kind of bass fishing.  We’ll see next Spring.  I’m going to tie a few hundred just in case. 

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

Byron Begley
November 3, 2011

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