Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is yet another hot one already this morning.  The temperature is 77 degrees.  There was very little traffic on the streets when I drove to work at 8:20 am.  I did see some activity on the bike path, joggers and walkers.  That was about it. 

I talked to a few fishermen yesterday.  Fishing is pretty good early in the morning and late in the evening.  Most people are saying it slows down when the sun gets on the water.  If you fish during the day go high into the backcountry and find a nice small stream.  There will be plenty of shade and cool water there.  Anglers are catching trout on small yellow flies.  They could be mayflies, caddis or stoneflies.  But small and yellow is key.  Small nymphs are working well too.  Don’t expect the fishing to be like it was earlier in the Spring.  This is summer.  And what a summer it has become.

The water in Little River is getting low.  Today the flow is 136 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 154 cfs.  We do have a chance for scattered thunderstorms this week, especially today.  The water temperature in Little River is 71 degrees.  That’s getting warm.  When I got in my truck to go home last night at 5:30 pm the temperature in our parking lot was 102 degrees.  I drove home and it dropped to 98 on the road.  In our driveway it was 86 degrees.  Our house and drive are shaded.

At the airport yesterday the high temperature recorded was 95 degrees which was shy of the record for that date of 96 degrees set in 1943.  Normal for this date is 84 degrees.  The low temperature last night at the airport was 73 degrees.  Normal low for yesterday is 64 degrees.  So, we are experiencing temperatures that are 10 degrees above normal, day and night and there is no relief in sight.  We need rain and cooler air to get back to normal.

This week seems to be slow tourism-wise.  I’m wondering if the heat has something to do with that.  Motel owners are saying people are making last minute decisions to visit Townsend this year.  I’m wondering if they are making last minute decisions not to visit here.  It’s too dang hot.  April has been good for our business so far.  We are up 14.29% for the first 14 days over last year.  Fishing license sales are up 20% for the same period over last year.  More people are fishing in April 2010 than in 2009.  That all may change due to the heat.

We’ll get some relief from the heat soon and we’ll get some rain then everyone will be happy again.

The New York Times published a long story entitled, “Efforts to Repel Gulf Oil Spill Are Described as Chaotic”.  You can read it by CLICKING HERE.  Warning, it will make you sick.  The article describes all the mistakes that have been made, the lack of preparation and the lack of preparedness.  The writer describes the problem of “Who is in charge?”  You should read it.  We should learn a huge lesson from this disaster.

What about BP?  Does anyone care?  Investors do.  BP stock has dropped in half in the past three months from around $60 per share to $30 per share.  By comparison, Exxon Mobile stock has dropped from around $69 to $59 per share in the same period. 

I did hear yesterday from a friend, that his uncle is working on the spill in Alabama using his fishing boat and making $1,000 per day, if he gets paid.

Speaking of boats, on Thursday or Friday I’m going to paint a non-slip coating on the floors decks of our aluminum boat.  I had the paint mixed to the exact color as the interior at Blevins Paint Store in Maryville.  I checked with bed liner companies and got one estimate of $1,000.  The materials to do this cost $70 including rollers and brushes.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  I know other people who have done this with very good results.  The base is a deck paint.  To that is added a non-slip material that is finer than sand.   

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

Byron Begley
June 15, 2010

Little River Outfitters will be hosting a book signing with Ron Ellis on Saturday June 26, from 1 to 3pm. He will be signing copies of the new book "In That Sweet Country, Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton".

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