Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It’s kind of cloudy here and warm.  Little River looked good but the flow has dropped to below normal.  We’ve probably got some rain on the way so that may change.  Townsend is busy.  Tourists are showing up.  And, according to motel owners visitors are making last minute decisions.  They are not planning vacations as much as just deciding at the last minute to be here.  Today though, there are a lot of cars around town and people driving them.

Fishing is good.  We were very busy yesterday helping local customers and visitors from other states.  Trout are taking dry flies and nymphs.  I would use a Parachute Adams, Light Cahill, Elk Hair Caddis or Yellow Sally Pattern for a dry.  Nymphs could be about anything that resembles an aquatic insect found here.  Terrestrials should work dry or wet.  Green Weenies are hard to beat.  Fishing should be best early and late but you never know.  Anglers are catching trout in the middle of the day too.  Until the water rises you need to be especially careful not to spook the trout.  Wear clothing that blends in with the forest and try not to wade much.  Light tippets may be necessary. 

The lakes are fishing well.  Paula and I are planning to fish for smallmouth Monday through Wednesday.  I’m looking forward to some time off.  We didn’t plan this mini-vacation either.  We just decided at the last minute to take off.

I talked to a couple of guys fishing with bait at the swinging bridge this morning.  They are retired so they can fish during the week and not on weekends.  One of them was telling me how crowded the Clinch River is.  “During the week”, I asked.  He said it’s crowded all week long.  The Clinch has been fishing good so maybe it’s getting a little over-used. 

I’m upset with the oil industry for not being able to fix a broken pipe.  And I feel bad for those workers who died or were injured in that explosion and fire on the platform.  Surely, oil companies would have contingency plans for something like this.  Maybe they could but didn’t have time.  I’m afraid the environmental impacts from this disaster may become worse than we expected.  I hope not.  This whole thing makes me ill.  Birds, fish, turtles and mammals are dying.  Marsh lands have already been destroyed.  A hurricane would be devastating.  Tourism on the coast is way down from normal.  In Pensacola, Florida or in that county 22,000 people work in the tourism industry.  The commercial fishing industry is in peril.  Sportfishing is in big trouble down there.  Do something!

Our trolling motor battery charger died.  So, I looked all around our county to buy what we need locally.  It’s a onboard Minn Kota 2 bank 20 amp box that has to be one of their best sellers.  My first stop was Bill’s Outpost in Maryville.  They are nice guys in there but they don’t sell battery chargers.  Next I went to Dicks.  They don’t sell them either.  Walmart had the lower power model.  That probably would have worked but I knew what I wanted.  Finally I called Marshall over at Gander Mountain.  He had one.  It’s got my name on it right now.  So I’m headed to Knoxville. 

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

Byron Begley
June 4, 2010

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