Townsend, Tennessee
August 30, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a sunny morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  The streets are lacking in automobiles but a lot of local people are out walking.  Fall is approaching and you can tell by looking closely in the woods.  Spider webs built at face level are all over the place.  This morning when I pulled out of the driveway nine wild turkeys were standing in the gravel road that leads to our house.  They wouldn’t move.  I crept toward and some veered off to the right but two stepped to the left.  I stopped and gazed at the two birds on the left.  They were only ten feet away.  Seeing a wild animal of that size and beauty from that distance takes priority over just about anything.  I watched for a minute and they all slipped into the woods, quickly disappearing.  Wild turkeys blend into the woods.  Once they walk in, they are gone.  What a way to start the day. These birds are not hunted and they are not afraid of vehicles. Now, if I got out of the truck they would have taken off, probably flown.

Fishing is good.  Everyone I’ve talked to have caught some trout.  It is still hot during the day until tomorrow but even then people are catching fish.  Early and late will be best. I would use terrestrial patterns because right not that is a lot of what the trout are eating.  Foam beetles, ants and Green Weenies will work fine.  You can drop the Weenie off a dry fly or fish it weighted and alone.  Little River is in good shape.  There is plenty of flow, much higher than normal right now.  The temperature will drop more this week.  It is going to be cool at night and very cool where these streams are born, up high.

The flow on Oconaluftee is right at normal.  Cataloochee is flowing well below normal.  It has been that way much of the year.  Davidson River is flowing at 37 cubic feet per second.  Normal there for this date is 56 cfs.  Tellico River is looking good.  Flow there is 224 cfs.  Normal is 90 cfs.  Little Pigeon at Sevierville is above normal too.  Flow is 223 cfs and normal on this date is 112 cfs.  Little River’s discharge is 159 cfs and normal is 90 cfs.  Most of the streams in our area are in good shape right now.  Go Fishing!

The threat for heavy rain and thunderstorms is minimal for the next few days.  I plan to fish at least one day this week, maybe more.  Jack will be here this morning for a Troutfest meeting.  I’ll see what his schedule looks like next week.  I’m sure Paula and I will fish one day.  Of course that will change the whole regional weather pattern.  I’ve been thinking about washing my truck for the first time in over two years.  That should really shake up the National Weather Service.  Planning a fishing day and washing my truck would probably cause a hurricane.

I’m working on the Little River Journal.  I hope to finish it tomorrow. 

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

Byron Begley
August 30, 2009



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