Townsend, Tennessee
June 14, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is overcast this morning and foggy. We had 1/4" of rain yesterday so the forest is damp and Little River if running strong. The water is clear and it's not too high to fish but like it has been for a while, there is a lot of water. Townsend has quite a few visitors. Yesterday was very busy in town. I guess the concert in Cades Cove had something to do with that. But last night the traffic was very heavy leaving and coming into town from the Maryville direction.

A strong thunderstorm hit us here yesterday afternoon. It dropped that quarter inch in about 15 minutes. I was looking at the radar and it seemed to miss Cades Cove. I hope so.

Fishermen are doing well, especially early in the mornings and late in the evenings. Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns and terrestrials like ants and beetles are working well. For nymphs use a Green Weenie, wet flies or Pheasant Tails.

I talked to a guy using small rooster tails down at the bridge this morning where I take the water temperature. He wasn't catching anything. I don't think he was getting deep enough and I told him. That is a very deep run and the trout are probably hanging out on the bottom.

There was an interesting article in the Daily Times this morning. CLICK HERE.

It appears the black bear population is growing at a fast rate in the United States. We have noticed that here for a few years. We are used to seeing bears and if you try you can probably find one about any day at Cades Cove. I think the population here is estimated to be about twice what it was when I moved here.

Nationwide, the population is estimated to have grown from 165,000 to 350,000 black bears from 1989 to 2006. And the number of bear encounters has gown increased as well. This is an interesting article worth reading.

This fishing report is late and short. I am having computer problems this morning.

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

Byron Begley
June 14, 2009



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