Townsend, Tennessee
June 26, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is partly cloudy and 65 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I didn’t see anyone in or near the river earlier but they should be down there fishing.  The flow is perfect and the temperature is not bad.  Paula and I attended our TU Chapter’s cookout last night at River Johns.  John Mollish owns land on the river and an island.  To access the island you have to drive through a portion of Little River.  It is a beautiful setting, he maintains it well and there are campsites and a pavilion.  John will take you upstream and drop you off in a canoe.  Then there is a nice easy float back to his place, seven miles downstream.  Though the river has been muddy that far down it is clearing. 

People are starting to catch fish smallmouth bass and other warmwater species on popping bugs, streamers and nymphs down there now. 

The radar showed a storm headed our way earlier.  Now it appears to be moving south of us.  There is a chance for rain today and Sunday and it is going to be hot. 

The Park streams could not be in better shape for fishing.  There is plenty of water and the flow in Little River is much above normal.  This weekend the larger streams will be the destination of swimmers and tubers.  You will want to choose streams that require a short hike or fish early and late.  Early and late makes more sense anyway.  The trout are going to feed better and the evening hatches will produce some good dry fly action.  The higher elevation streams will be very cool and trout activity will be high.

I would use terrestrials like ants, beetles, Green Weenies and Chernoble Ants. Parachute Adams, Yellow Parachute Adams, Green Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Neversink Caddis and #16 Yellow Stimultors would be in my box.

Bluegill and bass fishing with a fly or poppers is best early and late as well.  Get on the lakes and rivers at daybreak.  Take a nap during the day and go back out when the sun is low. Poppers and Stealth Bombers are working well in the lakes especially casting near the banks. 

I foresee a busy weekend in the Park so don’t be shocked if you see a lot of people.  Hot weather brings out the humans to enjoy our cool streams and forest.  I bet the lakes will be packed too.  I don’t see all of that activity.  When I’m off, it’s always a weekday.  I always work on weekends.  And I’m not complaining.

Sadly, Michael Jackson passed away and that story is on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and probably every newspaper in the world this morning.  His passing is as newsworthy as the death of Elvis, John Lennon and only a handful of celebrities.  In my mind he was no doubt the most influential entertainer in pop music and music video.  “Thriller” sold something like 25 million copies if I remember correctly.  Michael Jackson was one of the most talented musicians of our time but you can’t discount the fact that he had Quincy Jones on his team.  Mr. Jones is a genius.

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

Byron Begley
June 26, 2009


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