Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Townsend is kind of quiet or it was earlier.  The sun is shining and it is hot again, 79 degrees at 9:00 am.  The heat wave continues.  Looking at the 10 day forecast, and if it doesn’t change, we’ll see highs in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s every day.  There is a fairly good chance for rain though.  So, things are not so bad here.

Little River looks good.  The flow is 133 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 121 cfs.  The water temperature was 72 degrees at 8:30 am. 

There was a pile of beer cans and trash below the swinging bridge.  Normally, I pick up garbage along the streams.  Not today.  This location is also a takeout point for a local tubing operator.  I would imagine they will clean it up.  I saw one of their trucks headed that way right after I left.  I’ll see tomorrow if they did.  Beer is not allowed on the river in town, it’s against the law.  Tubing operators are supposed to monitor that.  I bet some people were down there last night having a party and throwing trash on the ground.  They may not have been tubers at all.  That infuriates me. 

A couple of young guys in a rented 2 seat vehicle were driving on the road in front of me summer before last.  One of them threw out what appeared to be a paper plate.  Then they pulled over.  I stopped next to them and reminded the guys that they dropped some paper down the road.  They looked at me like I was crazy.  I told them to “go get it”.  I waited as one of the guys walked down the road to retrieve the paper trash. 

Fishing is good up in the high elevations.  Bill Bolinger went yesterday and did very well.  I think he said the water was 61 degrees.  I don’t know what fly he was using but that does not matter much.  Those fish up there will hit about anything.  I’d still use a beetle, ant or Parachute Adams.  I would drop a Green Weenie off the dry.  If you fish lower you need to be at the stream very early.  I would be there at daybreak.  Until we get some cooler temperatures mid-day will be tough, especially down low.

This week I talked to two customers from Louisiana.  One is a friend I’ve known for a long time.  He lives in New Orleans.  I had never met the other fellow but he lives in Slidel.  Both of these guys are bright and they fish.  And, both reported that the oil spill damage is not as bad as we think.  The oil is a different type of oil than was spilled in Alaska.  This oil is thinner.  One person I talked to this week told me some new grass was planted in the marshes, that actually depletes the oil.  So, maybe my worst fears are not as bad as I thought.  The marshes in Louisiana are a huge nursery for saltwater fish and shrimp.  If they were destroyed by the oil the devastation would have a large impact on sport-fishing and commercial fishing.  Anyway, I feel better about the situation.  I hope the damage does not worsen and it is not as awful as I once thought.

My buddy, Ken came by this morning.  I haven’t seen him in a while.  He manages a Gander Mountain store.  It is fun to talk about our business though ours is quite different.  I shop at the Gander Mountain store in Farragut.  I really enjoy going there.  It’s not too big and the people are friendly and helpful.  I watch the stocks of all the outdoor retail and manufacturing companies that are public.  Yesterday Cabelas, Dicks and Columbia had a great day.  So far this morning they’ve been hit hard.  I also keep an eye on Brunswick Corporation mainly because of their boating division which is the largest in the United States.  Their stock has dropped this morning.  But overall, these companies have had what I would call a good 12 months.  That is a good indicator for our business too.  We didn’t have the big drop in business that many of these companies saw in late 2008 and 2009.  Thank goodness!

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

Byron Begley
August 3, 2010

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