Townsend, Tennessee
August 18, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy this morning with sun breaking through some of the clouds.  We are entering a period of scattered thundershowers for four days.  I just called the Park Service to find out about Little River Road.  According to the recording it is still closed.  You can check on this yourself.  Call 865-436-1200 and hit “2” twice when prompted.  This road closing has caused problems for anglers and guides.  To get to Elkmont from here requires you to drive through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  And, if you take that course you might just keep going up 441 to higher elevation streams where the water is cooler.  Around Townsend I would fish high up on the Middle Prong and probably Thunderhead Prong.  I hope they get the road open tomorrow. 

Daniel will be off tomorrow and I’m going fishing at 6:30 am so this report will go up early and from our house tomorrow.

The river levels are dropping.  Little River is still above normal.  We have a high chance for rain so we should see flow increasing as the week goes by.  It is going to be a little cooler with highs in the mid 80’s and lows in the high 60’s. This weekend will feel a little like Fall with lows at night around 60 degrees or below.  That will help the fishing in the lower elevation streams.  Up high the fishing is good right now.

Right now the #12 Green Weenie is King.  Anglers are doing well using them.  I have been seeing a lot of inchworms in the woods.  Terrestrial patterns such as ants and beetles will work.  Try some yellow stonefly patterns.  I like the Neversink Caddis.  It’s easy to see.  I would drop a Green Weenie off that. 

The mountains are beautiful today, the air is clear.  Getting exactly where you want to go might be somewhat of a problem due to the road closing.  Maybe they will get it open today. 

Yesterday I spent a lot of time photographing Chota gear.  I’m hoping to get some new samples to work on later this week.  They have a lot of new products coming out this Fall and I’ll do the photography for us and them.  Taking the pictures is the easy part. Cutting the background away is the time consuming part. 

Today I am meeting with Bill Haslam and some other small business people at a round table discussion.  Bill is Mayor of Knoxville and he is running for Governor.  Most people believe he will win.  He got over 80% of the vote in Knoxville this last time.  Bill’s Campaign Manager is Mark Cate who is a friend of mine.  Mark and I sat next to each other at Chamber of Commerce Board Meetings once a month for over a year. Andy White sat on the other side of me during that time.  Andy is a realtor and City Commissioner in Maryville.  The three of us had a good time though they are both quite a bit younger than me.  We always talked about fishing and camping.  They gave me a hard time about my cushy fun job and I kidded them about how their Blackberrys were just for show and they really didn’t know how to use them.  I stayed on the board and they both moved on.  It’s not quite the same.

Bill’s family owns Pilot Oil.  They have a ton of truck stops and convenience stores.  I think I read they have over 200 truck stops.  There is no telling how many convenience stores they have.  I bet they don’t even know. Bill’s brother Jim works in the company still as well as their Dad “Big Jim”.  They are nice guys and I’m looking forward to getting better acquainted with Bill.  It will be a fun afternoon.

We are getting a new T1 connection.  The old is being replaced by the new.  The new box is a lot better looking but that’s all I know about it.  We have had tech people from AT&T and Nuvox here several times over the past few days.  Our IT guy Adam will be here Thursday morning with the Nuvox tech for the big switch at 8:30 am.  I’m hoping we have phone service by 9:00 am.  I’m also hoping the Fishing Report will fire up to our server by 10:30.  That’s the plan.  My fingers are crossed.

I’ll be reporting to you at about 5:00 am tomorrow morning.  I may not be very talkative. 

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

Byron Begley
August 18, 2009

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