Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from beautiful Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  It has been raining and there is more on the way.  The Smokies are blocked from my view due to fog.  It is warm, 65 degrees.  There is quite a bit of traffic in town, more than I would expect.  I was at the Talley Ho Motel yesterday talking to Michael.  He is full for the weekend.  They are having a show and get together there of old Ford Bronco owners and enthusiasts.  I also noticed some old Ford pickup trucks there.  The Talley Ho has a good sized field that is perfect for these small shows.  They get a lot of them.

Little River is running fairly low.  I bet that will change later today.  Right now the flow is 41 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date based on 44 years of data is 85 cfs.  The water temperature is 68 degrees.  We’ll see that drop over the next few days.  We are expecting lows mostly in the 50’s at night for the next ten days.  It looks like a couple of nights will only dip into the very low 60’s.  Highs will be in the low 80’s.  That is good news for anglers. 

Fishing is fine.  I am recommending beetles and ants for a dry fly and Green Weenies fished under the dry or weighted and fished alone.  Many other flies will work.  There are not many aquatic insects hatching this time of year. 

If you go today take a rain jacket.  It is going to rain most of the day and night.  The rain has stopped right now.  But more is coming.

It is beginning to look like Fall, just a little.  I can see one tree outside the shop that is turning yellow.  Another is rust colored.  And still another one has turned to a brownish green.  Last night when I got home at 7:15 pm a flock of turkeys were in the field by our barn. 

There is a fishing tournament today held at the Black’s farm as a fundraiser for the Heritage Center.  Tom Talley asked me to participate but at the time I didn’t know I would be here.  I may have to go to Nashville at any moment on City business.  Evidently the Black’s have several ponds loaded with bass and bluegill.  It has probably already started so I can tell you what Tom’s strategy is.  He is going to use black Stealth Bombers.  Probably everyone else will be casting plugs and spinners.  I bet Tom wins.  I think the entry fee is $100. 

When Tom and I talked about this the other day we decided that next year we should have a fly fishing division and advertise it in our store and on our website.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  And the money goes for a good cause. 

I heard a good story about Tom yesterday from his son Michael.  Many years ago when Michael was a kid his Dad told him they needed to go to the barn.  One of their cows was having a calf.  The calf was stuck so Michael watched as Tom tethered some chain dog collars to the calf’s legs and pulled it out.  The calf was dead.  It didn’t move.  Michael said his dad thought for a minute then grabbed the calf by the legs.  He said Tom swung the calf around as he turned in circles.  Then, he hit the calf against the tree and dropped it to the ground.  The calf opened it’s eyes and stood up.  Michael said he saw his Dad bring a dead calf back to life.  I loved it. 

Nine years ago today the worst thing I can remember in my life happened.  Terrorists attacked U.S. soil.  They flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and crashed one in Pennsylvania.  I will never forget that day and we should all think about what happened on this anniversary and vow it will never happen again.  And we should pray for those who died, those who survived, pray for our military still protecting us and pray for our Country and the World. 

Nothing that I can remember compares to that tragedy.  I remember well when President Kennedy was assassinated. I will never forget that day.  I remember well when his brother Bobby was assassinated.  Princess Diana’s death won’t be forgotten by me. But, September 11, 2001 was the big awful day, the worst I can remember.

There have been other terrible things that happened over a longer period of time. The war in Viet Nam is one that is close to me. I was not alive during World War II. Pearl Harbor had to be a single event remembered by many people who lived at that time. But for me, 9-11 was the most memorable and tragic single event.  

Thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
September 11, 2010

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