Townsend, Tennessee

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Right now it is sunny but there are more storms moving toward us from the west.  More rain is on the way.  We got almost an inch yesterday.  Little River is up about a foot from a few days ago.  It is currently flowing at 896 cubic feet per second.  That is a lot of water.  And Little River is up about 250 cfs from yesterday morning.

Some people went fishing yesterday.  They probably fished smaller creeks.  Wherever you go please be careful. The water is strong.  You will probably do best fishing with heavy nymphs and streamers should you decide to go fishing today in the Park.

Most of the tailwaters in Tennessee are flushing a lot of water through the turbines.  It looked like the Holston and South Holston had a decent schedule for wade fishermen but check before you go.

The moon is full and you shellcracker fishermen know what that means.  The fish are on the beds at least according to those anglers who fish for them.  Last year Paula and I were fishing for a week during the May full moon for bluegill and shellcrackers.  We caught a lot of fish including bass on poppers.  But, the fishing was actually better when we went back in late June.

Smallmouth bass fishing in the lakes and rivers is excellent.  However, the rivers are high so most people are waiting for the water to go down. 

The weather forecast for next week looks favorable for fishing and especially Troutfest.  After today, there is only a 10% to 30% chance for rain through next Saturday.  And listen to this, 0% chance on Sunday.  It looks like Mother Nature is smiling on Troutfest.  We could get a huge break.

I worked on Troutfest all day yesterday.  I was either on the phone or in meetings all day up until the evening.  I talked to National Exhibitors, Kris Maurer was here for a few hours and then Jack Gregory was here.  He and I were talking about how much time we are putting into Troutfest.  He says he will end up around 200 hours.  I will too, I spent 50 hours developing the website.  I’m sure Joe Hatton and Rufus King are putting in that much time.  Rufus and I met yesterday too. Think about the other 70 or more volunteers who make this happen, some will be driving here from other states to volunteer. 

I talked to Sandy Headrick yesterday.  She and her husband own Highland Manor Inn.  She said we filled their property for the event.  Of course she and many other people in the hospitality business are happy about Troutfest. 

After it’s over, I’m going fishing. 

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

Byron Begley
May 9, 2009 

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