Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny, warm and humid in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was fairly heavy on the streets but I came to work at 8:25 and that is late for me.  So, I’m probably getting a skewed perspective.  We’ve been pretty busy here.  The third week of July ends today.  I think we’ll be up quite a bit from the same week last year.  The heat wave that continues has to be having an impact on Smokies visitors.  The tubing companies are going gangbusters.  Campers are in the woods.  We are in the last week of the Summer school break.  Anglers are not out in big numbers.  So far this week our fishing license sales are down $900 from the same week in 2009.  That is an indication of lack of participation by anglers, mostly those who do not live in this area.

Little River looks pretty good.  The flow is 94 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 107 cfs.  Brian Courtney was in yesterday morning.  He caught about 30 trout earlier.  He was on the stream at 6:30 am.  I think he was on the West or Middle Prong of the Little River.  He caught the trout on dry flies.  He said at first they were just splashing at his fly.  Then later they started taking it.

You need to do what Brian did if you want to fish near town in the lower elevtions.  Be there at daybreak.  When the sun gets up the fishing will slow down.  Several of the anglers I have talked to are catching trout down low but the action is best very early.  I did talk to one angler who fished high above Elkmont in the evening and he did OK.  But early is best.  If you want to do well during the day you need to fish the higher elevation streams, find shady spots and fish the riffles and pockets.

We may get some more rain today and maybe tomorrow.  The temperature both days will be in the low 90’s.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday are going to be scorching hot with highs between 94 and 96 degrees.  What a hot summer it has been.  Our electric bill for the shop came yesterday.  It was over $800.  We have 4 air HVAC units and they have been cranking to keep this 7,000 square foot building cool.

Remember the girl who was bitten by a copperhead at the “Y” last Friday?  Well now we know the story.  This Daily Times article (SEE IT HERE) describes her ordeal.  She spent the weekend at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and is recovering at home now.  The snake bit her on the finger.  A good friend of mine is an emergency room doctor.  He told me one time, that if I was ever bitten to just walk to a car and go to the hospital. Most snakebite victims are transported to UT if they are bit in the Park.  Often they are stabilized at other local hospitals first.  Evidently, UT has snakebite experts.  It is not uncommon for people to be bitten by a copperhead or rattlesnake around here.

Jack told me an interesting story the other day.  He was fishing just below the confluence of Lynn Camp Prong and Thunderhead Prong.  He noticed a candy bar and soft drink on a rock near the stream.  The candy bar was open and partially eaten.  He walked down to the water to see what was going on.  When he got close to the rock he heard a rattlesnake.  Evidently someone sat down on the rock to have a snack and was scared off by the snake.

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

Byron Begley
July 21, 2010

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