Townsend, Tennessee
June 8, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sky is partly cloudy.  It is Monday and our town is quiet again.  When I pulled out of our drive this morning I saw that lonely wild turkey hen that I see every day.  I almost always see her in the evenings and sometime in the morning.  She just stands there looking confused and unhappy.  That bird will walk out of the way if she is in the road and I drive toward her but she never flies.  I wonder if she lost her brood to a predator?  Or, maybe the brood grew up and left her. 

Little River is getting back to normal.  It’s not there yet but closer.  The flow now is 221 cfs and normal is 160.  So there is plenty of water but very fishable.  I talked to a lot of fishermen yesterday.  But none reported back.  I expect most did well.  The conditions, except for some strong flow are perfect.  The smaller streams will be easy to fish and the trout should be eager.  During the day I would concentrate more on the shady water and wait until dusk when the hatches are heavy and the trout are feeding well. 

You will see hatches of Yellow Sally Stoneflies, Light Cahill colored sulphurs and other stones, caddis and mayflies hatching.  During the day I would probably use terrestrials.  I would definitely use a Green Weenie either alone or as a dropper.

Well, today was the day that the Park Service Fisheries Department and Volunteers from TU and FFF were to start stocking Lynn Camp Prong with native Southern Strain brook trout.  Last fall the stream was de-fished using chemicals.  It was thought that all the trout were removed from about 8 miles of streams.  Scientists checked the aquatic invertebrate populations this Spring.  There is plenty of food for the trout.  But spot checking with electroshockers indicated there were still at least 4 rainbow trout in a section of the stream.  So, the stocking is called off for now.  I have not talked to Steve or Matt so I don’t know what the next step is.  Re-treating part of the stream my be an option.  Anyway, the stocking is on hold.  This is very disappointing.  I hate to hear this.

Yesterday in this report I talked about changes in our world, country, county, town and lifestyle that hopefully will happen and probably will.  Much of the change will have to do with too many people living above their means using over-valued assets as collateral.  So, we’ll start living within our means now. Another change will have to do with the fact that we are using too much energy.  We will start using less. 

I think we’ll be driving more fuel efficient automobiles and driving them less.  Technology will be driven by our need to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint.  So, how will that change us fishermen, especially as we get older and decide fishing out of a boat is an easier way to fish?  I have thought about this a lot and ordered a boat.  When deciding on a boat I considered energy consumption as primary.  I wanted a boat that could be pulled with a less powerful vehicle.  I wanted a boat that could be powered with a small outboard.  So, the boat had to be light.  The one we picked is 16 feet long, has a capacity of 1,100 pounds and weighs only 275 pounds.  It will have a 20 hp 4 stroke engine. 

Since this boat will probably last the rest of my life I chose one that could also be powered by an electric outboard and have capacity and room for several batteries.  Electric outboards are here and I’m not talking about trolling motors.  I talking about fairly powerful electric motors. 

Torqeedo, a German company has them from 2 hp to 9.9 hp.  The smaller Torqeedos have a built in lithium-manganese battery.  The larger models run on 48 volts or 4-12 volt batteries.  Minn Kota now has a 2 hp model.  It runs on 48 volt power.  Some of these motors have tiller steering and others can be hooked up to your remote console. 

I wonder if we will see more non-gasoline lakes in the United States?  What if gasoline shoots up to $5 per gallon again or more?  I think electric outboards are in our future.  We need lighter, more efficient batteries.  They are probably coming sooner than later.  The automobile industry will drive that technology.  We may see 20 hp electric outboards in the future. We may see electric IO boats some day, they may even be available now.

It is an interesting concept to me and I am anxiously awaiting the technology to move in that direction.  Torqeedo and Minn Kota are doing it.  These motors and batteries are expensive.  The batteries are heavy.  Some of the new technology is not available in the United States yet.  But it’s coming. Wait and see.

Below is the new Torqeedo kayak outboard.  I talked to the company about it last year.  They even asked me if I was interested in becoming a dealer.  Never say never but I’m not interested in that.  I’m just looking forward to owning and using an electric outboard when the time has come.

To see Torqeedo online CLICK HERE.  To see the Minn Kota online CLICK HERE.

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

Byron Begley
June 8, 2009


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