Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and warm in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  Traffic was fairly heavy on my morning commute. I probably saw 20 to 30 cars.  Campers and visitors were pulling into town all day yesterday.  I’m afraid our up-tick in tourism may be due to the lack of tourism in the gulf coast.  I hope not. 

Little River looks good.  The flow is a little below normal.  We didn’t get any rain in town yesterday but the Park got some.  Dark clouds hovered over the Middle and West Prongs of Little River last night.  I know it rained there because the flow gauge showed a slight increase earlier this morning.  The water temperature in town is 66 degrees now.  It will be cooler in the Park but it will rise everywhere today.  The high temperature in the valley is supposed to be 88 degrees.

Fishing is good.  You’ve got to stay hidden and low.  Make good casts and wade very little.  If you do that you can get close enough to the trout to make short casts and get a good drift.  Fish the shady areas in choppy water.  A dry fly should work fine but use nymphs if you don’t see any top water action.  Small Yellow Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis (yellow), Light Cahills, Beetles or a Parachute Adams is what I would choose for a dry fly.  For a nymph I would probably just use a Green Weenie.

The first week of sampling Lynn Camp Prong is over.  Rain hampered the work at times.  Park biologists and volunteers use backpack electroshockers to temporarily stun the trout so they can be captured, measured and documented.  Rain is a dangerous event when you are sampling due to the electric current put out by those shockers. 

They found some adult and young of the year brookies.  They also found a few rainbows which should not be in there.  Next week the teams will move further up into the headwaters of Lynn Camp Prong and do some sampling there.  About $1/4 million dollars have been spent so far on this project.  We are continuing to raise money at Troutfest to fund this project.  We’ll keep doing it until the stream is inhabited by mostly pure Southern Appalachian brook trout.  When the carrying capacity is adequate, it will be open to fishing again.  I can’t wait.  I’ll be there opening day, God willing.

British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward has turned over the gulf oil crisis to another director of the company who is an American.  After downplaying the oil spill and telling the public he’ll be glad when it is resolved so he could “Get his life back” he was not quite compassionate enough to suit me and a lot of other people.  And now they are planning to pay huge dividends to stockholders and they’ve spent I don’t know how much in media costs to give the company a better image.  Heck, I want our ocean and coast back.  I want to see our commercial fishing fleet back.  I’m 90% sure I have some mutual funds that own BP stock.  Keep my part of your darned dividends and give it to those fishermen in Louisiana.  I’m glad he is out of the picture.

Sorry, I’m a little frustrated and mad about this mess.

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

Byron Begley
June 5, 2010 

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