Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was very foggy and 63 degrees when I drove to work.  The fog was not as thick in Townsend but the Great Smoky Mountains were blocked for a while.  I can see them now.  I kind of feels like Fall. The huge Simms Motorhome was parked in our lot this morning when I pulled in. I guess Dave probably spent the night there. Paula and Daniel will be seeing all the new Simms stuff for 2011 today. I'll check it out briefly.

Little River is look’n good.  We had almost an inch of rain here yesterday.  That brought the water level up quite a bit.  The flow at the gauge peaked at 1.55 feet about midnight.  Now it’s down to 1.49 feet.  That equates to 68 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 88 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 66 degrees this morning.  The water is clear and inviting.

The weather forecast is "pro-fishing" over the next few days.  We’ll see highs in the low to mid 80’s and maybe in the 70’s by next week.  Lows will be mostly in the 50’s over the next 10 days.  We have rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.  So, fishing is just going to get better.

Trout in the Smokies are liking terrestrials right now.  Beetles are working.  The foam dry imitations are best.  They are easy to see if they have some bright colored foam tied in on top.  Green Weenies are also producing.  Brian is in the next room tying Green Weenies right now. 

It looks like the Greenbelt Lake in Maryville is going to be dredged.  Twenty years of sediment will be removed and relocated to another area.  This is a $2.1 million project funded partially by the Army Corps of Engineers, other grants and the City.  I might get killed for saying this, there are some nice bass and bluegill in that lake.  You can read the story HERE

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new Resource Chief.  His name is Jeff Troutman.  He will be in charge of fire, fisheries, wildlife and vegetation.  He will also be responsible for protecting historic structures and artifacts.  That’s a big job.  A lot of the artifacts removed from the Park 75 years ago are stored in Oak Ridge.  You wouldn’t believe the list.  Even clothing is stored there. You can read the article in the DAILY TIMES HERE.

So Jeff will be Steve Moore’s new boss.  Steve is the chief fisheries biologist at the Park.  I talked to Steve yesterday.  Steve has just been recognized by Trout Unlimited National as Conservation Professional of the Year.  This is a big one. Steve is thrilled.

More news…the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s board of directors approved a donation of $45,000 to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department and the Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund.  We’ll hand over the check October 19th.  The chapter gave the Park $40,000 last year.  Funding is raised by the Chapter from Troutfest and TU National’s Embrace-A-Stream grants. We will meet at Lynn Camp Prong for the photo.  I’ll be the photographer again.  I’m sure Dale, the Park Superintendent will be there.  Maybe the new Resource Chief will be present too.  Steve and Matt from the Fisheries Department will certainly be there.  That is about the only time you will see Steve in a round hat.  Rufus King (Chapter President) and other volunteers will pose for the picture. 

Below is the photo I took last year.

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

Byron Begley
September 9, 2010

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Presentation of $40,000 check to Park Service.


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