Townsend, Tennessee
June 4, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and the forest is wet.  Little River is flowing slightly stronger than it was yesterday morning.  Paula and I planned to float Little River in a canoe and fish for smallmouth bass today and tomorrow.  We had some scattered showers in the area last night and Little River is muddy downstream where we were going to float today.  John Mollish who owns River John’s canoe service called this morning and gave Paula the bad news.  Ellejoy Creek which is a tributary to Little River is pouring in silt laden water. That is not good for fishing and it’s unsafe for canoeing.  

At one time cattle farmers gave their herds access to the creek and every time it rained the silt would turn the creek to a muddy mess.  I thought that problem was solved using grant money and volunteers from the Little River Watershed Association.  Here is a link describing the problem at Ellijoy Creek and Short Creek which runs through our property here at our home.  Short Creek’s water quality was degraded by cattle access to the creek downstream from our house.  Work was done at Ellejoy Creek and Short Creek.

Little River Watershed Association uses a test site on our property.  Volunteers told me the quality was good at this site.  There are two streams named Short Creek in Tennessee.  Another one is in Rutherford County.  In our Short Creek there is a population of wild rainbow trout which indicates good water quality. 

We have a 100% chance for thunderstorms today.  That will probably keep us off the river tomorrow too.  We may wade fish upstream from Ellejoy Creek tomorrow.  Or, we may do it today.

Upstream in the Park the water is up a little.  I have not seen Little River yet this morning but I don’t expect it to be stained.  When I go to the shop to pick up my waders I’ll check.  I’ll check the rain gauge too. 

Due to the overcast conditions fishing should be good in the Park all day but still much better near sunset.  After a rain event try terrestrials.  Ants and beetles would be a good choice. They are washed into the streams during a rain shower. Or use Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns and Light Cahills for dry flies.  I would drop a Green Weenie off of one of those.  Nymphs might work well too.  Use a Green Weenie with a Bead Head Pheasant Tail tied to the bend of the Weenie hook about 16” back.  You might want to add some weight in front of the Green Weenie.

The Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival starts tomorrow.  CLICK HERE for more information.  This is a fairly new event but it is gaining in size and popularity.  You will learn some interesting pottery making skills and you can purchase the crafters wares.  This was a well attended event last year and much of the pottery was sold by Saturday afternoon.  This festival will run through Saturday. 

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

Byron Begley
June 4, 2009 

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