Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  I left the house at 7:45 am.  What a beautiful morning it is.  First, the temperature was 64 degrees.  That felt good.  Second, there was a huge flock of turkeys in our upper driveway.  I was parked in the lower drive.  They just watched as I drove by.  They didn’t seem threatened though I was close to them.  Little River looks great though it is getting lower again.  For the first time in a long time it kind of felt like Fall. 

Fishing in the Smokies is good.  Brian fished on Anthony Creek yesterday morning early and did well.  He was using a beetle pattern.  Other friends fished the lower elevations this weekend and did fairly well.  The streams in the higher elevations are fishing better than the low elevation creeks during the middle of the day.  The water is cool up there.  We’ll see cool water in the valley soon, it’s getting there.  I got an e-mail from a customer who lives in Georgia.  He had a pretty good day on Abrams Creek weekend before last.  The water in the area near the Falls trailhead is cool thanks to the springs feeding the river there.  When it’s hot and most of the lower elevation streams are warm, you will find it to be cooler at Abrams Creek.

It is terrestrial time.  Beetles and ants are plentiful and trout are used to feeding on them. The fish are not picky.  This is not the time of year when you see big hatches of aquatic insects so trout are looking for those bugs who happen to fall into the water.  A Stimulator or Parachute Adams will work too.  Lots of flies will work right now.  Conditions are improving and the fish are getting more active.  The brown trout are thinking about spawning though that will happen a while from now.

Our website is still getting a lot of activity just like it did this past weekend.  Yesterday we had 4,943 unique visitors who viewed 63,013 pages.  That’s not a huge amount of pages viewed on our site.  Monday August 8th we had 72,626 page views.  I’m hoping people are browsing around and planning their fishing trips to the Smokies. 

Mary K “the Fish Lady” is opening a new art gallery next weekend.  Her grand opening is scheduled for Saturday August 28th at 4:00.  The gallery is called “Fish Lady and Friends”.  It is located at the Strawberry Patch, on our side of the road but about 1.5 miles from our store toward Maryville.  Plan to be there.  I am going.

The Sinks area of Little River is open again.  It was closed in January and got a $1.1 million overhaul.  The parking lot size doubled.  Disabled people can now get to the new overlook.  A curved granite retaining wall supports the observation area.  Read the story in the DAILY TIMES HERE.

A large motor home parked too close to the edge on Newfound Gap road and tumbled down the mountain injuring six people, some are seriously hurt.  The road was closed for airlifting and emergency vehicles to work on the scene.  Then, a crane was brought in to retrieve the motor home.  You can read this story here on the DAILY TIMES website.

Here’s another story in the DAILY TIMES.  Due to the heat wave we have experienced, TVA nuclear plants have cut back on electricity production to keep the water cooler in the Tennessee River.  The river temperature has reached 90 degrees.  The Authority is worried about environmental damage downstream.  I guess they are worried about dissolved oxygen levels in the river and the effect that would have on the fishery and other aquatic wildlife.  This is an interesting article.

Well, have a great day.  Get ready for a cooler climate and better fishing.  Thank you for being here with us today.

Byron Begley
August 24, 2010

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