Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was foggy early but it has cleared now.  Traffic was almost non-existent when I came to work at 8:15.  Now, at 9:30 things are picking up.  Little River looks and feels perfect.  Yesterday, the mountains got some rain early and Little River rose.  Daniel from Ohio was fishing on the East Prong and barely got across the river.  That can happen here and angler can get stuck on the other side.  Daniel almost did.

The flow is currently 211 cubic feet per second (cfs).  That is like a good Spring flow.  Median flow for this date is 78 cfs.  That is like a low Fall flow.  Anglers prefer the higher level.  So do the trout.

Fishing was good yesterday on nymphs.  There was not much activity on the surface according to the fishermen I talked to.  Again, like yesterday, the fishing conditions are perfect.  The water temperature in town is 60 degrees.  The sun is shining so you might want to concentrate on the shady areas.  There is plenty of flow so you should be able to get closer to the trout than you can in low water.  Still, wear clothing that blends in and stay low.  You will do better.  Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails, Tellico and Prince Nymphs should all work fine.  Dry flies might work too today.  This weekend looks nice so fishing will be good. We may get some rain on Sunday.

I was loading my truck with hunting and camping gear before daybreak this morning.  It’s time for the first boar and bear hunt in the Cherokee National Forest in 2010.  We have a big group coming for this hunt.  The reports from the hound handlers is:  “There are a lot of bears this year”.  Vicki cut my hair yesterday at her house.  She’s been doing that for years.  Evidently, she is a fantastic preparer of bear meat.  Her husband and son are both avid bear hunters.  Her son was actually attacked by a bear that he shot in Canada a few years ago.  Though he was beat up pretty bad and had some deep cuts, the bear finally died on top of him and he lived.  Can you imagine that?  The potential danger in hunting bear is part of the thrill, not doubt about it.  As a backup, I will be packing a .357 magnum handgun just in case. 

We will be in the woods this weekend at daybreak wearing blaze orange clothing and toting high powered rifles.  My lifestyle is interesting.  I usually wake up around 6:30 unless I’m on vacation.  Then I wake up at 5:00 or 5:30 am.  Paula and I were on the water at 6:30 every morning last week while we were on vacation at Dale Hollow Lake.  Then I came back home and to work and got to sleep until 6:30.  This weekend we’ll probably all wake up at 4:30 am.  I remember getting to sleep until 8:00 one morning this year.  That is rare.  I don’t plan on retiring so I guess I’ll keep up this schedule the rest of my life.  I hope so.

Daniel will be writing the Fishing Report for the next two days.  Thank you for being here and have a great weekend.

Byron Begley
October 1, 2010

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