Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and warm in Townsend this morning.  At the swinging bridge there were at least 100 canada geese out in the grass at Miss Lily’s Restaurant pecking at something in the grass.  They were in Ronnie Davis’s yard too.  I never saw so many geese in one spot in Townsend.  I bet that means we will have a lot of customers in the shop today.  We probably will.  The store has been busy this month.

After looking at all those geese I glanced at the river.  It was up and had some color to it.  We were at some friend’s house last night and we could see lightning over the Smokies miles away.  There must have been some good rain showers in the mountains.  Little River is flowing at 291 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 127 cfs.  The water temperature in town was 70 degrees at 7:30 am.

This will be a great day to fish.  It should be overcast most of the day.  The moon is not full.  There may be a little color in the water if you are fishing in the Little River drainage.  You couldn’t ask for better summer conditions.  It is going to be hot though.  I would go into the backcountry where the streams are shady and cool.  My preference would be to hike above Elkmont.

Ants, beetles and Green Weenies would be my choice of flies today.  I might take a heavier rod and cast some streamers.  This is a good day to catch a large brown.  Watch out for scattered thunderstorms.  We have a 40% chance. 

Like I said yesterday, until it cools off some I’m giving up on the lakes.  I am interested in a school of stripers that hang out in the woods on the Little Tennessee River.  But they won’t be seeing me until it’s cooler.  When I get my day off next week I’m staying home and tying flies.  I do have a new rod and reel to try out.  Paula got it for me for my birthday. 

It is a Temple Fork BFK 9’ 6 weight with a Ovis Hydros III large arbor reel.  For the money, this is an excellent combination.  I love the way the BVK’s cast.  I’ve been ordering rods from Temple Fork each week to replace those that we sold.  I got in 6 or 7 yesterday.  I’ll order again tomorrow night.  Three of them were BVKs.  The initials BVK stand for Bernard V Kreh.  Though Lefty and I have been friends for years, I never new his middle initial was V and I don’t know his middle name.  His first name, “Bernard” is the same as my middle name.  I can’t cast as good as he can though.  I’m not even close.

My bear and boar hunting buddies got all excited.  I got an e-mail from Scott.  Wild boar have been removed from the big game list in our state.  The reason is, people are trapping wild boar and moving them to other areas of the State that don’t have boar populations.  I’m sure TWRA knows what they are doing.  Other states are doing the same thing.

Scott’s understanding was, when we go bear and boar hunting this fall, and the hounds run a boar our way, we can’t shoot it.  That would be a problem for me.  All I care about shooting is a wild boar.  I would really rather not shoot a bear.  Anyway, I think it turns out we can shoot boar on those hunts.  I hope so.

Part of the boar changes include hunting over bait and after dark with night vision scopes.  The way I understand it, you can do that on your own property and must apply for a permit over the phone.  Please check and verify this before you do it. I’m going to get one so I’ll let you know how that process works.

Our house is surrounded by property that is infested with wild boar.  We have a spring creek running through our property.  I think we live on perfect wild boar habitat.  But, for some reason we never see them or any sign of them.  I wish we did, I’d be on the back of the property every day during the winter trying to harvest one.  So far, no sign of boar on our property.  We have bears occasionally.  Wild turkeys and bobcats are there.  I know for sure a mountain lion was near our house after a snowstorm several years ago.  Coyotes run through at night.  We see deer.  But no wild boar yet.  I think it’s just a matter of time.  Maybe I need to get a night vision scope for my 45/70 and a few bags of corn.

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

Byron Begley
July 23, 2011

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