Townsend, Tennessee
June 15, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is slightly cloudy and a warm 68 degrees this morning.  Little River looks really good though it is flowing stronger than normal for this date.  Currently the flow is 195 cubic feet per second.  Normal is 153.  I guess we’ll have to get used to higher flow fishing.  That beats the heck out of lower than normal flow fishing.

More rain is probably going to occur this week.  Bring it on.

Fishing is good in the Park.  I just talked to Bill.  He fished on the North Carolina side one day this week.  He said the fishing was good.  He caught a lot of fat rainbows and a couple of browns.  Fishing is still going to be better early and late, especially late.  In the evenings use a #16 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Neversink Caddis or any Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern and you should do well.  Light Cahills and Terrestrials will also work well.  Don’t forget your Green Weenies. 

Tourist season has begun in the Smokies.  I was watching WBIR Channel 10 last night and they showed a very good story about Smokies visitors.  The reporter was asking people why they visit the Smokies.  The answers are all over the board.  Some like the fishing, the beauty, the history and heritage, hiking and you name it.  But one important factor to many people today is the cost.  It’s free.  There is no charge to enter the Smokies.  I think it is the only National Park where there is not an entrance charge.

And if you stay in Townsend you will experience a rural atmosphere even in town and the cost to stay and eat here is reasonable. 

I’m looking out the window, watching people walk and bike by I know they are on an inexpensive vacation. I bet a lot of them are from only 50 to 100 miles away.  We see a lot of license tags from Tennessee who visit here on vacation.  Of course there are people from other states too. 

Last night I was looking at fishing maps of area lakes.  I like fishing lakes and rivers, even the ocean.  It has occurred to be lately that there is so much fishing to be done here in East Tennessee that I have never experienced. 

A company that makes fishing maps sent me some the other day.  They are printed on plastic and very well detailed.  They chose to send me lake maps from our area hoping that I would buy a box full at wholesale and sell them. I didn’t do that but I kept the sample maps and I may order more online and pay retail.  I looked closely at Tellico Lake.  This was a controversial TVA project that was built around 1980.  The lake covers what was once one of the best trout streams in the Eastern United States. 

It is a beautiful lake and we may start fishing over there.  We could probably be in the water in a hour.  I would have preferred to have it as a trout stream though. 

All of the lakes on the Little Tennessee River are beautiful and provide good fishing opportunities.  I want to explore them in my golden years.  Walter and I were talking about that just the other day.

When I was a kid my parents had a travel trailer and we stayed at a campground on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.  I think it was called Conley Bottoms.  When we camped there my dad would rent a 14 foot v-hull fishing boat with a 9 horsepower motor for the week or weekend.  We kept it tied up at the campsite.  When I was ready to fish they would make me wear a life jacket and I took off in that little boat alone.  I couldn’t have been over 10 years old.  But I had the time of my life.  We did the same thing for a few years.  I always looked forward to renting that little boat and fishing in Lake Cumberland on my own.

As I get older I long for some of those same experiences again. I’m tying bass and bluegill flies every night in anticipation.  

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

Byron Begley
June 15, 2009

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