Townsend, Tennessee
July 9, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and cool this morning.  It was foggy at 8:00 am but that has disappeared.  Little River is up from yesterday and slightly stained.  A small thunderstorm hovered over the east side of our County yesterday and dropped ¼ inch of rain.  The airport only got a trace.  That little storm did not move for a while.  It just hung around and rained. 

Little River’s flow jumped up to over 300 cfs yesterday.  It was stained here and muddy downstream in Walland.  This morning the flow is 205 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 128 cfs.  We may get more rain today.  There is a fairly good chance.  Then it will be dry until Sunday if these weather websites are right.  The temperature is going to be a little above normal for the next ten days.  Normal is a high of 85 and a low of 62.  We may see the high 80’s over that period during the day and upper 60’s at night.  We should get more rain next week.

Fishing is very good.  The water temperature in town was 65 degrees this morning.  It is cooler in the park and cold in the high elevations.  I don’t think Little River has come close to 70 degrees yet this year in the mornings.  I’m sure it exceeded that on these hot days later in the day.  But overall, we have had great fishing conditions in the Park this year except for high water.

Fly choices would include terrestrials, Green Weenies, Yellow Sally stonefly imitations, Pheasant Tails, Yellow Parachute Adams, Light Cahill patterns and small Yellow Stimulators.  Fishing will be best early and late. 

Townsend is really quiet.  There is not much to report on. 

You have seen that water tower in Maryville on the west side right off highway 321.  On it is painted Welcome to Maryville.  If you are driving toward Maryville you see it and you see the Smokies.  I can’t tell you how many times that euphoria came over me when I finally view that sight.  I lived in Nashville and drove to the Smokies on fishing trips.  When I saw that water tower and the mountains I relaxed. 

Well, they are tearing the water tower down after 37 years in service.  New water tanks have been built higher than the 1,150 feet above sea level that this tank towered to.  So, the water in this one doesn’t run out.  It has been empty for a while. The City of Maryville budgeted $150,000 to have it removed.  They ended up selling it for $414 to a company for scrap metal.  The buyer has to tear it down for free.  Here is the article:

Camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is down by 20% since the year 2000.  That is also a trend throughout the National Park Service.  Bob Miller who is one of the spokespeople at the Park told the Maryville Daily Times that campers are changing.  They want showers.  Campgrounds in the Park don’t have showers.  Campers also want hookups.  The campgrounds in the Parks don’t have them.  Americans are older and more prosperous.  They don’t want to rough it anymore.  I can understand that.

The Parks Service is expanding the store at the Cades Cove Campground.  The bicycle rental area will be expanded by 1,600 square feet.  Sidewalks will be widened and others will be added.  You can read this in the Maryville Daily Times.

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

Byron Begley
July 9, 2009


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