Townsend, Tennessee
August 2, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is cloudy, foggy and we are getting a few sprinkles.  Change that, it is raining fairly hard.  Little River is flowing fast and high and it is really cranking down near Maryville.  Other watersheds in or near the Park are flowing near normal or just a little above normal.  But Little River’s tributaries have been hammered over the past few days.

On the North Carolina side of the Park things are different.  For instance, Cataloochee is running about normal.  The Davidson River is way below normal.  Little River is flowing at 455 cubic feet per second right now.  Normal is 114 cfs.  So we have a lot of water here.

If you go fishing today there might be some good opportunities.  The water in Little River is slightly stained and high.  Fishing streamers and big stonefly nymphs might yield some good browns or rainbows.  Be careful though.  The water is swift.  Don’t get yourself in trouble.

You will find some high elevation or smaller streams fishable unless we get a lot more rain.  It is overcast which will be in your favor.  I believe I would fish nymphs.  Try a Green Weenie but I would fish it weighted.  Little River Road opened yesterday.  It was closed from Metcalf Bottoms down to the “Y” because of a search or rescue operation.

I drove over Ft. Loudon yesterday.  It was muddy.  But the Holston was fairly clear.  I don’t know about Norris Lake or the Clinch below the dam. 

A hen wild turkey and two of her poults ran in front of me or beside me in my truck this morning on the gravel road to our house.  She and the poults were confused and trying to stay out of my way.  The youngsters look like adults but were only 18” to 24” tall.  I guess they were too young to fly or they would have all taken off.  I’ve been watching this family for weeks.  When I first saw them the babies were maybe 12” tall without a full covering of feathers.  They will be adults soon. 

I told you about the lady who jumped in Little River at Metcalf Bottoms on Friday.  There is more to the story.  The Park Service reports a ranger approached her as she was sitting on the flooded river.  He said her demeaner was odd and he wanted to check her out. She stood up and jumped into the swollen river.  He threw a life float to her but she refused it.  Then she disappeared.

Little River Road was closed from Metcalf Bottoms to the “Y” on Friday after this happened.  Rangers and volunteers walked the 7 mile stretch until dark looking for her.  Rangers stayed all night at the Sinks with spotlights watching for a body to come down.  The search resumed yesterday morning at daybreak.

At around 10:30 yesterday morning she walked into the parking lot at the “Y”, barefoot.  Evidently she made it to the other side of the river and hiked through the woods and found a trail that took here to the “Y”.  She had been in the woods all night.  The newspapers said she was physically fine though they took her to the hospital in Maryville for observation.  It’s great that she did not die.  She is 48 years old and lives in Knoxville.  She must be a good swimmer or darned lucky.  I bet it turns out she is a good swimmer.  If you think about it, and the story is accurate she must have swam across the River again yesterday morning at the “Y”.  And remember, she was not wearing shoes.  She is one tough lady.  Could she have planned this whole event?  This one is hard to figure out.  Maybe she will talk about it.

David Knapp just came in.  He’s going fishing in the Park.  He said he is going to find some small streams.

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

Byron Begley
August 2, 2009 


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