Townsend, Tennessee
September 7, 2009

Welcome to the fishing report.  It is overcast and foggy this morning.  The fog is following Little River through town and scattered around the mountaintops.  The mountains are visible but a little blurred.  Tourist activity is high in Townsend.  I think this has been a good business weekend for those who cater to the non-fishing tourist.  Most of the anglers who visit here will wait until the holiday is over. 

It is still warm and we are going to see highs in the low 80’s throughout the week.  Lows will be in the low 60’s.  Little River is one degree warmer this morning than it was yesterday at the same time. 

Fishing in the Park is fine.  The water levels are dropping making the fishing a little tougher.  There is a fairly good chance for rain over the next few days.  A little more water would be good.  Fishing will be best early and late unless there is cloud cover and there probably will be.  Stay well hidden from the trout.  Today there will be a lot of people in the park and on the streams tubing and swimming.  I would walk into the backcountry for a mile or two and get away from the crowds.  Foam beetles, Parachute Adams, small Yellow Stimulators and other attractor flies should work for the dry.  A Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Green Weenie would be my dropper. 

I’m about ready for some cool weather though not too cool.  The lake temperatures are dropping a little in our region.  That is helping the fishing.  Looking out about a week the weather models are predicting cooler conditions and a greater chance for rain.

Have you heard about the plastic continent?  It is a floating mass of plastic and other garbage moving around in the Pacific ocean.  And listen to this, it’s the size of Texas.  Here is a link to the Forecast Earth story on the Weather Channel website.

I’m looking at electronics for our new fishing vessel.  There are two criteria involved in the choice, money and space.  I want to keep the boat open and uncluttered.  But we need a depth finder and a GPS type mapping device.  Since we fly fish do we need what they call a fish finder?  Does it really matter what the bottom looks like in 40 feet of water to us?  I don’t think so.  We are shallow water anglers.  But the depth is important mainly for safety and not tearing up the boat or motor. 

Some companies make a depth gauge with an included temperature readout that is only 2” in diameter.  I like that idea.  They cost about $150.  The depth and temperature is really all we need.  The problem is this unit is about 4” deep and made to be mounted in a dash.  So I would have to build or buy some sort of box to hold the gauge.  There are also some small fish finders and chart plotters built into one small package that can be mounted about anywhere in the boat.  That may be the way to go.

Then there are those handheld or bracket held GPS/Chart units.  You can buy a card that includes detail on almost all major lakes in our region.  You can read, zoom, scan and look at details on your lake or river in vivid color with depth of the water indicated and it tells you where you are.  Got to have one of those.  I would need to install a cigarette lighter plug somewhere to provide power from the main battery to one of these.  Again, that requires a dash board or some sort of box.

I want to keep this as simple, small and cheap as possible. 

There area lot of choices too.  You have Garmin, Hummingbird, Lowrance, Eagle and others who are all trying to get me to buy their navigation gadgets.  I think I have settled on Lowrance.  Navigation and depth/temperature equipment prices range from about $350 to $2,500.  I’m leaning toward the $350 solution.  And right now all I really need is a depth gauge.

I forgot about this but buying a boat is not the end of the cash drain.  It keeps going.  Our new saltwater safe, more powerful, more efficient and longer shaft trolling motor will be here Friday from Bass Pro.

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

Byron Begley
September 7, 2009

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