Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  There is no fog in Townsend this morning.  Not one bit of fog.  A flock of wild turkeys were feeding in our neighbor’s field.  I saw them from our road early this morning.  Townsend is more active today.  There were a lot of people in town when I drove home last night.  The restaurants were packed. 

I walked down to the river to get the water temperature using the ramp built for tubers.  A nice young woman was sitting on the ramp doing what I call, “river watching”.  I told her why I was there so as not to worry her.  I dipped my good old Orvis “Rugged Stream Thermometer” in the moving water.  The temperature was 72 degrees.  There is no telling how many times that thermometer has been dipped in the river.  I’ve had it for years and I use it at least 300 times per year.  The name of the device is appropriate. 

We got some rain in the mountains last night.  Click on the Stream Info button on the left side of this page.  The river is rising according to the graph.  Flow is currently 89 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 120 cfs.  The line on the graph is shooting straight up.  The water is clear.  One or more of the three prongs of Little River is probably running fairly well right now.  We are expecting rain today.  There is a 70% chance according to one of the weather websites that I check every day.  The site also reports a low of 60 degrees in the valley tomorrow night.  Temperatures are going to be cooler starting tomorrow.

I check one weather site every morning and the same ad always appears.  “Townsend Dermatologists Hate Her”.  Come on!  We don’t have a dermatologist in Townsend.  We don’t have a family doctor or pharmacy either.  I have never clicked on that ad.  Why would I.  It’s obvious to me there is some misunderstanding about the availability of services in our small town. 

Fishing will be better today in the Little River watershed.  One reason, there is more water.  Second, it will probably become cloudy this afternoon as these storms move in.  Anglers are doing fairly well using dry flies.  Terrestrials and other dries like a yellow caddis or Yellow Parachute Adams are working according to our customers.  Of course, the Green Weenie is king right now.

No word in the news about the Bruin of Chestnut Hill.  As I reported yesterday, a large black bear is hanging around that neighborhood in our town and according to the press, he is “terrorizing a woman”.  As I said yesterday, Ronnie (our police chief) has set his big trap in her yard.  Most likely baited with Honey Buns, the bear with no fear of humans or a .357 magnum might be dumb enough to walk into that trap.  I think Ronnie will outsmart him. 

If Ronnie catches him, the bear will most likely be released in the Cherokee National Forest.  If TWRA is called in the bear will probably be destroyed.  Moving the bear to the Park would be futile.  He would be back at Chestnut Hill in a matter of days.  Once, a bear was moved to the Big South Fork from the Smokies.  This bear was causing problems for campers.  Guess what?  That bear walked from the Cumberland Plateau back home to the Smokies.  The bear was either tagged or carried a radio transmitter.  Somehow the Park Service and the Forest Service knew the animal was home. 

Bears in the Cherokee National Forest become quickly de-humanized in the Fall.  Bear hunting with hounds is a big sport down there.  I actually go on those hunts.  I don’t really want to shoot a bear but I’d love to bag a wild hog.  I’m equipped with a big bore rifle and pistol just in case the dogs run a bear right at me.  When I’m sitting there in the woods, I start shaking when the hounds are running something toward me.

We use marine radios to communicate with each other.  Last year I was sitting on the ground with my back resting against a tree about half asleep.  It was a beautiful morning.  Ronnie Becker called me on my radio.  “Byron, there is a bear headed right toward you”.  Boy did I get nervous.  I stood up and listened to every sound the forest made.  I listened intently to the whispering trees.  My 45/70 was not slung over my shoulder, it was in the ready position.  I was shaking like a leaf.  I looked at every possible route a bear might take to reach me.  I watched. Nothing happened.  The bear and the hounds ran on the ridge just above me.  I heard them go by.  Whew, that was exciting.

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

Byron Begley
August 21, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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