Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The heavy fog burned off early this morning allowing us to view the mountains clearly.  Now, we are experiencing a beautiful morning with plenty of sunshine.  Traffic is slow in Townsend.  The flora is deep green, a response to the rainfall we had on Sunday night.  The rain was heavy.  Newfound Gap reported 3.7 inches.  2.76 inches fell in Cades Cove and 2.95 inches on Mount Leconte.  The rivers are full but the water is clear.

Last night a bunch of whip-poor-wills were sounding their mating call around our house.  Some were very close.  The calls woke me up.  This was strange, it has never happened before.  Our cat, Dubbing, tried to mimic the sound of the birds.  And he did a fairly good job of it.  He is an amazing animal. 

Fishing will be tricky today.  Find a small stream and be careful wading.  Try not to wade much at all.  Stay near the shore.  You can do that, roll cast or flip some flies into the water and you can catch some trout.  I would use large streamers, get them deep and hope for a big brown trout.  When the flow is fast and the water is deep, the trout won’t see you as well.  It puts the odds in your favor. 

Little River is gushing.  The flow is calculated at 1,120 cubic feet per second (cfs).  To put that into perspective, median flow for this date is 252 cfs.  The highest reported flow in 44 years on this date was 1,110 in 1997.  The water peaked yesterday early and it is dropping fairly fast.  Yesterday morning at this time the flow was 4,200 cfs.  Big difference.

In a couple of days the fly fishing options will be greater.  I would try Laurel Creek and the West Prong of the Little River today.  You might drive up to Cades Cove and fish Anthony Creek from the Picnic Area upstream. Those streams are often more angler friendly after a big rain event.

Wow, 928 people read this fishing report yesterday.  I think that is a record.  Our counting software only counts you once in a 24 hour period though you might click on the report more often. So, this was 928 different people.  I imagine that was brought on by the reports of flooding and high water.  A lot of people wanted to know what’s going on here.  We were lucky, we dodged the bullet.

Flooding is awful in Nashville, my old home town.  I called Wayne at the printing company yesterday.  Everyone there was fine there.  But, the devastation in that city is beyond anyone’s imagination.  Some people lost their lives.  Homes are gone.  Businesses are shut down.  Tourism is on hold for a while. The flooding was not only concentrated in Nashville.  Many other towns in that area saw similar flooding.

I guess one bright spot in all of this is the compassion of God, Tennesseans and Americans.  It could have been worse.  Rescue teams from all over our State, including our county showed up to help. And they got there fast.  People who live in that region worked together and helped those who needed it.  We are the “Volunteer State” a title that dates back to Davy Crockett at the Alamo.  I would bet volunteers from other nearby States had rescue squads helping there too.

The fine people in Middle Tennessee will clean up, rebuild and get back to normal soon.   

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

Byron Begley
May 4, 2010

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