Townsend, Tennessee
August 5, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  There is very little traffic on the streets.  Things are quiet.  Schools started back in our County and City systems.  We are approaching fall, football, cooler temperatures and great fishing. 

Little River looks excellent.  The flow is higher than normal.  This morning the flow rate is 291 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 116 cfs.  Rainfall is 4.7 inches above normal for the year.  And, the water temperature in town is 64 degrees.  It will be cooler than that in the Park and much cooler up high.  What a summer this has been for fishing in the Smokies.

The water looked great for dry fly fishing to me.  I would use a beetle or Parachute Adams. I might try a small Yellow Stimulator.  And off of those I would drop a small Bead Head Pheasant Tail or a Green Weenie.  It will be overcast today.  That’s good.  Fishing should be fine for a summer day.

Our lake and tailwater systems are loaded with water.  Finding an appropriate generation schedule on your favorite tailwater might be tough.  I bet you can find something that suits you.  Check the links on the bar to the left.

We have a good chance for thunderstorms today.  Then by the weekend it’s going to get hot, in the low 90’s during the day.

We have a bear in our neighborhood causing all kinds of problems and getting very close to people.  I ran into our neighbor Dianne at the Post Office yesterday.  She said she walked into a room where the window was open and this bear had his snout pushed up against the screen.  He completely destroyed the bird feeders at one neighbors house.  But he has not touched any of the apples in the orchard across the road from our house.  And these trees are loaded with fruit.  The ground is covered. 

Dianne said he has been on their porch. He has probably been on ours too.  She saw him on the gravel road that goes to both of our houses. But he has not bothered the bee hives they own.  They do have an electric fence around them. 

The animal has not chased any of us.  That is comforting news.  Bears don’t bother me when I see them in the wild.  When they hang around the house it’s different.  They sometimes act too much like a pet, not afraid of people but attracted to them.  They don’t mean any harm, they are just looking for food.

The bear population in the Park has pretty much doubled since I moved here.  Or, the Park Service changed their monitoring methods which doubled what they thought they had.  And there are a lot more bear encounters outside the Park than there used to be or at least we hear more of them.  We have had mild winters, plenty of food and the moms are giving birth to more young according to local knowledge.  There are also less people hunting bears or that is what people around here are saying. 

Most of the young kids who hunted in this valley are grown and don’t wander around the woods with guns like they used to.  That is a trend in human behavior.

So, bears and even turkeys are not afraid of humans outside the Park. People don’t shoot at them. Sometimes I have to slow down my truck so I don’t run over a turkey near our house. 

I don’t know where this is going to go over the next decade.  I’m not going to add bear hunting to my list of favorite sports and I don’t care much about shooting a turkey on our property.  Well, I might harvest a gobbler in the field next to the barn next Spring.  I thought about it this year.

I have been invited on a wild boar hunt this Fall.  I might do that.  I have a neighbor who actually hunts them in the Park, legally.  He is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and he won’t be assigned to active duty until this Fall.  So, he is one of the hunters who diligently try to rid the Park of boar. These guys get paid to hunt.  It sounds great until you hear what they have to go through.  They go in for a week at a time, live in the woods at high elevations with a rifle and whatever necessities they can carry on their backs.  That is good training for a Marine.  It’s a little too tough for me at this point.  There was a time when I might have done it.

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

Byron Begley
August 5, 2009

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