Good morning Brett, I'm going to step out on a limb here and give some thoughts about what you've asked and I'm sure there are some others on the board that can add just as much to this situation as I can and I sure want to hear from them as well. As flyfishermen, I think that all of us would like to see the type of fishery in all of our tailwaters as what you experienced at the South Holston River. It won't take you long to find out that TVA and TWRA have goals that sometimes do not even come close to each other. The problem also goes back for many, many years as well. Heavy generation, low oxygen levels caused by not having a method for placing depleted oxygen back into the water when it was released from the lake, and just plain old not really caring about the fishery below the dams caused the insect levels of some species to almost become extinct. The fact that the South Holston River is small and only has one generator has helped in not completely scouring the bottom and therefore still provides a suitable habitat for the Sulfur. The Clinch River comes to mind when you compare the two different systems and how they've been handled. There was apparently a good population of insects there just a few years ago and now, it's hard to find a decent hatch of them. Most would say that it was caused by heavy, excessive generation which scoured the silt and gravel from the bottom and took away the breeding area for these insects. This is an area that TVA and TWRA are very far apart on when it comes to their methods for controlling the water flows. The fish suffer. Another factor that has come into play on the South Holston River is a Slot Limit. This one critical factor, along with great water conditions, has helped immensely in retaining fish that help fishermen to regularly catch fish that are in the 20-30 in. range. Since we do have one great model for an example to go by, I think that it behoves us to try to get TWRA and TVA, as well as area fishermen, to work toward these types of conditions where it is possible to have some kind of common ground. We've seen some great work take place in the GSMNP and to some extent on streams outside of the Park where Trout Unlimited and TWRA come together to achieve a goal. It would be great to get more cooperation from TVA on this matter. I look forward to hearing from others.
Hugh Hartsell---East Tn.