Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The clouds and fog burned off early this morning.  Scattered thunderstorms moved through our area last night but somehow missed us.  I watched on the radar as the stronger storms fizzled out when they reached the mountains.  That happens fairly often.  The airport got .16” of rain.  We got less than that at the shop. 

Little River is still low.  The flow is 47 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 121 cfs.  After the weekend we have a chance for rain almost every day for a while.  Surely we’ll get some.

Fishing will be tough.  Low water and warm temperatures will make fishing in the lower elevations all but futile.  I would drive up into the higher elevations to fish.  The water will be cooler there but still low.  The trout will be hiding in the riffles and pockets.  Try terrestrials and yellow mayflies.  The Parachute Adams is working well.  The brook trout will take just about any fly.  They like them large. 

Rainfall this year is not what we expected at all.  Since June 1st we have had 1.41” of rain.  Normal for this period is 5.44”.  A wet Spring turned into a dry Summer so far.  That trend may be over. 

It has been slow at the shop this week.  It always is slow the week after a holiday.  I always hope it will be different each year but it never is. 

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I’ll be 59 years old.  That is hard to believe.  Where have the years gone.  Someone asked Tom Petty if it seemed like he and his band have been together for 30 years.  He said it seemed like over 30 years to him.  He had some tough times in his career, we all do.  For me, my adult life has flown by.  I’ve been lucky and I know it. They say you make your own luck.  I believe that.

The Dragon is open.  The stretch of highway 129 is one of the most popular motorcycle destinations in the world.  Two-wheelers love the views and turns.  The road was closed due to a rock slide for 4 months.  Crews have been stabilizing the mountain since the closure.  It’s open now. 

Here is a link to a letter to the editor in the Maryville/Alcoa Daily Times concerning sabotage of our efforts to restore brook trout to Lynn Camp Prong.  Someone or several people are stocking rainbows in this stream.  We have spent over $275,000 on this brook trout restoration project.  The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited has raised money by holding Troutfest to fund the project.  You can read this letter by CLICKING HERE.  Hopefully we’ll find out who did this and send them a big bill for damages.  I think a hefty reward would be appropriate and I have made that recommendation.  We’ll see what happens.  We won’t give up.  Failure is not an option.

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

Byron Begley
July 10, 2010

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