September 24, 2009
Welcome to the Fishing Report. Right now the sun is shining but I’m afraid that won’t be the case for long. Townsend is holding it’s largest event of the year and there is a strong likelihood that it’s gonna rain. Dang it! I was just talking to Pat Jenkins who is our Mayor. We were discussing what would have happened here if we got as much rain as Chattanooga or Atlanta did a few days ago. The Park, Townsend and much of Blount County would have been devastated. Herb Handly and I rode a golf cart around the parking area next to the Visitors Center this morning. The Fire Department has it roped off and staked in a very professional way. The Department will park thousands of cars this weekend at $5 each. They will keep half. It will be a huge fundraiser for them.
Last night a large pack of coyotes were running around our house making all kinds of noise. This is becoming a common occurrence. They moved into our area a week or so ago. Before that it might have happened once a month. Since they started hanging around I have not seen one wild turkey in the mornings or evenings. I think the turkeys decided to move for a while. I have been walking outside at night when a pack of coyotes come around the house. They have come uncomfortably close to me.
The rivers look perfect. We could not ask for a better fall. If we do get some rain this weekend that would be fine for the fishing unless we get too much. Then, next week will be dry and very cool. We are looking at low predictions in the 40’s by mid-week. Then we’ll see some Fall-like fishing conditions. The stream temperatures will drop, there will be plenty of water and you should plan on going fishing.
Right now terrestrials such as beetles, ants and Green Weenies should be in your fly box. Larger nymphs like Prince Nymphs and Girdle Bugs would be good for brown trout stalking. Streamers might work too. Tie a Puglisi that resembles a rainbow trout. Elk Hair Caddis are good right now. Try orange or yellow.
Fishing in the lakes is going to pick up too. The cooler water will bring fish into shallow water, just what fly fishermen want.
I’ll be putting the Little River Journal together over the next few days while also working on our Online Catalog. After the Journal goes out I’m taking a couple of days off to fish.
The leaves are dropping. Last evening I rode my bicycle around town. It is apparent everywhere you go that Fall has arrived. I darned near ran over a squirrel. He changed his mind at the last second about a foot from my front wheel. Had he not, I think I might be wearing a cast or bandages right now. Maybe both. A lady was walking her little dog and I passed them. The dog ran toward me as I drove by. That was another fairly close call.
Townsend is becoming a very popular bicycle destination. I’m not talking about what I do, riding about 10 miles per hour on the side streets in a pair of shorts and tennis shoes. What we are seeing are the serious riders out on the main highway. These avid bikers are dressed for speed and moving fast. I’m glad to see it. Most people around here are interested in tourism activities that are green like hiking, fishing, photography and bicycling. Bicycling fits our goal of sustainable tourism, which means catering to visitors and improving local prosperity without destroying our natural beauty and heritage.
Townsend Days starts tomorrow. It is something to see. Hundreds of volunteers are at work. This weekend is some of our non-profit organizations largest fundraisers. We celebrate our mountain heritage and people come to enjoy it, thousands of people. Southern Appalachian art and music will be here for you. I can’t wait.
NOTE: THE FLY TYING SCHOOL SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABE ONLINE. HERE ARE LINKS TO BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED FLY TYING CLASSES.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
September 24, 2009
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