Townsend, Tennessee
May 31, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and a comfortable 61 degrees this morning.  Townsend is quiet for a Sunday.  It usually is the weekend after a holiday and the weekend before one.  I guess a lot of people blew their wad and free time last weekend and they are catching up on mowing the grass.  It’s green around here and lawn mowers have been busy due to the rainy May we have had. 

I see several vegetable gardens on my way to work every day.  I can’t remember when they looked better.  Little River looks good too.  I stopped to get the temperature and there was a man and a young kid, probably his son standing on the big rock casting spinners.  The man told me all they had caught so far was rocks.  The water temperature was 63 degrees.

Fishing is excellent.  The Park streams are flowing just a little above normal and way higher than we have seen in the past two years.  It is going to be dry for a few days and hot.  But the fishing will continue to be fine.  Conditions could not be better.

The last couple of hours of the day are best for fishing in the Park right now.  Yellow Sally stoneflies are hatching as well as other aquatic insects.  The trout have been going nuts right before dark.  I would use small yellow stonefly patterns and Light Cahills for dry flies.  A Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail would be my choice for nymphs.  The trout will probably hit about anything right now.

TVA has let up on the generations schedules and anglers are showing up to fish the tailwaters.  And, those rivers are fishing extremely well.  It’s going to be crowded.  Spilling and generating has kept anglers who wade away from the tailwaters for a while.  Now, a lot of them are back in big numbers.  I don’t blame them.  It’s time to trout fish in Tennessee.

I got here at 8:15 this morning and Jack’s truck was sitting in the parking lot abandoned.  He’s up in the Park somewhere with a buddy.  A lot of people leave their cars here and fish with someone.  If you want to do that it is fine with us.  We have a large parking lot with plenty of room. 

I just got a call from a customer who had sent me an e-mail four days ago.  I have been working non-stop on the Little River Journal and have not checked e-mail since I started.  The same thing happened during Troutfest.  I usually check every day unless something like this is going on.  Tomorrow I have a Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, we have to send out this e-newsletter and I have a City Commission meeting tomorrow night.  If you have tried to reach me I’ll check my e-mail on Tuesday.  I’m sorry.

I spend on average an hour each day answering e-mail.  So, on Tuesday I’ll spend four or five hours doing that.  When I check it daily I usually do it and answer them at night after I get home.  I want to stay in contact with customers and that is my job.  The Little River Journal has changed my whole work load since we started it in December of last year.  It is at least a 40 hour job every month. 

I guess I could make it easier by not writing anything myself.  That would be hard for me to do.  If I didn’t get the articles from the guys who write every month there would not be a Journal.  Thank goodness they come through and the Journal keeps going out.  If they stop, the Little River Journal will die.  Thanks guys.

I guess I take on too much and spend a lot of time doing volunteer work.  I have not been fishing this year.  That will change as of Wednesday and Thursday.  I might go fishing Friday too.  I’m ready for a break.  Everything else after Tuesday is going to have to wait for a while. 

Have a great day and thanks to all of you for being here.

Byron Begley
May 31, 2009

 

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