Townsend, Tennessee
October 2, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and warm this morning in Townsend.  There is a slight change in the forest color that is easier to notice in this low light situation.  Some of the species of trees that do, have lost their leaves.  I took a close look at Rich Mountain and it appears to be green all the way to the crest when viewed from a distance.  I’m sure there are some scattered trees with turning leaves mixed in.  But overall at an elevation up to 2,800 feet which is what I look at every day the color is still green.  It won’t be that way for long.

The katydids have not started rubbing their hands together.  They start communicating with each other a few weeks before the first frost according to local lore.  I don’t know for sure how many weeks before the frost they begin.  But they have not started yet.

Little River is beautiful this morning.  The flow and temperature are perfect.  The river looks exactly like you would expect one of the most beautiful trout streams to be, full of cool running water.  Today the flow is 276 cubic feet per second.  Normal is 78 cfs.  And the record low on this date was not in 2007 like it has been in past days.  The record low on this date was last Fall, 2008 at 17 cfs.

Fishing yesterday was pretty good according to guides Clay Aalders and Sean McKay.  They fished together in the Elkmont Area just for fun.  I saw Clay in the parking lot this morning with two clients from Kentucky. He said they caught some trout but the fishing was not red hot by any means yesterday. Maybe today will be better.  

Since terrestrials are a primary food source for trout right now I would use beetles, ants and green inchworms.  Attractors such as an Orange Palmer, Orange Stimulator or Orange Elk Hair Caddis usually works this time of year.  I don’t think that has anything at all to do with Tennessee football.  Orange works in North Carolina this time of year too. 

Daniel from Ohio was telling me about his bear encounter yesterday.  He was fishing, just minding his own business, he looked across the creek and there was a bear. It got a drink of water and moved on.  They are everywhere.  Paula said she saw three large deer feeding on apples in our neighbor’s orchard this morning.  Last night the coyotes woke me up again.  They were just outside our house.  We are seeing and hearing a lot of critters lately. 

In Wears Valley the bears and getting bold.  They have been spotted often by a lot of people on their porches.  I’ve been living in the woods here for about 17 years.  I’ve never seen a bear on our porch.  But both of our nearest neighbors have.  One even saw a bobcat on his porch. 

It’s supposed to rain today.  One weather website indicated a 70% chance and another gave a more conservative 40%.  We’ll see who is right.

Business is picking up.  Our sales in September were up 6% over last year.  Some of the guides are telling us they are slow though one I talked to is staying busy.  September is always slow in the fly fishing business here.  It is a transition month.  I don’t know if the guides are comparing to last year or just talking about it being generally slow. Business will pick up this month and be strong through year-end.  Or at least I hope so.

This is going to be a beautiful Fall weekend.  It will be cool and dry.  Get outdoors and enjoy it.


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

Byron Begley
October 1, 2009



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