Townsend, Tennessee
October 1, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and cool.  I can’t see hardly anything from my windows.  There are no mountains in sight.  It was 46 degrees when I drove to work.  I stopped by the river at the swinging bridge to take the water temperature.  It was 57 degrees.  There is still plenty of flow in Little River.  It is slowly dropping.  We may get some more rain tomorrow.  There is a 60% chance. 

I can’t imagine better fishing conditions in the Park.  This is as good as it gets, plenty of cool water.  This is also very unusual for October 1st.  The streams are normally low at this time of year and it can be hot too.  The ten day forecast indicates cool temperatures and some rain.  Perfect.

The trout can be caught on dry flies, nymphs or streamers.  I would probably use a foam beetle as the dry and a Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail for the dropper.  If that didn’t work I would fish nymphs deep.  Be careful wading.  It’s swift and cold.  Today will be beautiful.  It’s a great day to be in the Smokies if you can get away.

Paula said the coyotes kept her awake last night.  They were all around our house yapping and howling.  I didn’t hear a thing.  I went outside before daylight to look around.  I’ve been told if you can shoot one they won’t come back.  That would happen only when there is a full moon and I had the fortitude to get out of bed and get outside in the middle of the night and walk around without a flashlight while carrying a shotgun.  I doubt if that will happen.  I have had coyotes close to me at night, maybe 50 feet away.  A pack of them followed me one night walking the dogs.  I turned around a looked at them and they scattered into the woods. 

On another occasion I had one running toward me growling.  It was dark.  He saw the dogs but not me.  I yelled and he stopped in his tracks, then turned and ran off.  They will attack and kill a dog in a heartbeat.  But I’ve never had one come after me.  They always run when they see a person.  I’ve heard of people being attacked by coyotes.  I never felt threatened.

With all the bears we have around here and the years I have spent in the woods you would think at some point I would have been threatened by one. Never.  I’ve been close to them.  Paula and I had one walk around our tent one night.  He either crossed Forney Creek or Jonas Creek.  It was hard to tell.  But he was wet and smelled awful. 

I had a mother bear jumping up and down on her front legs and grunting close to me once in the middle of Cades Cove.  I was walking through the fields within the loop road.  She had two cubs and was trying to keep me away until they had time to run off.  She didn’t need to worry.  I was not going to get any closer.  I wouldn’t have been that close on purpose.  After the cubs took off so did she.

I feel blessed to live so close to nature.  This is where I was always meant to be.  It’s a shame that I had to wait until I was almost 40 years old to move here.  I’m glad I decided to do it then.  When I was in my late 30’s I was single, had sold some businesses, didn’t have to work for a while and had some choices to make.  One of them was moving to Livingston, Montana.  The other was to move to Townsend.  I owned property here so that made it easier to choose Townsend.  All I had to do was build a house.  And, it gets cold in Livingston during the winter.  So I ended up here.  I’m glad I did.


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

Byron Begley
October 1, 2009


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