Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was very foggy earlier in Townsend but it is burning off fast.  Today is going to be beautiful.  The high temperature should reach 78 degrees.  When I came to work the temperature was 42 degrees.  The trees are in full fall color in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and here in the valley.  The Daily Times reports the peak fall color is actually 10 to 12 days away.  READ THE STORY HERE.  Some areas in the higher elevations may be less vivid.  Those trees are subject to windy conditions and an earlier Fall. 

Little River is getting lower.  Today it is flowing less than normal.  Flow now is 68 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 71 cfs.  That difference is not noticeable to the eye.  It takes a precise measurement to determine a 3 cfs difference.  The water temperature in town is 52 degrees again.  The water will warm up later today.

Fishing is good.  To some, fishing is excellent.  You will probably do best with nymphs early then switch to dry flies later today.  We should get some rain tonight.  Tomorrow may be excellent.  Smallmouth bass fishing in the lower river is good too.  I hear the lakes are fishing well.  You couldn’t prove it by me, I have not been fishing in two weeks.  Hopefully that will change this week.

The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is handing over $45,000 to the National Park this afternoon.  This event will probably be well attended.  I think Park Superintendent Dale Ditmonson, Fisheries Biologists Steve Moore and Matt Kulp will be there.  I don’t know who is coming from our TU Chapter.  I’ll be the photographer.  Some of that sum will go directly to the Fisheries Department and the balance to Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund.  I think the fund will get $12,000 but I’m not sure.  We will all hike up about ¾ of a mile to the same place we took the photograph last year.  The location is the overlook at Lynn Camp Prong’s famous cascade. Most of the funds were earned at Troutfest. $7,500 is a matching grant from Trout Unlimited National.   We are meeting at the trailhead at 4:00.

Tonight I’m attending our City Commission Meeting.  I’m not a City Commissioner.  They are elected.  I am a Planning Commissioner.  Some of us are appointed.  Since I’m in charge of communications between Tennessee Department of Transportation and the City, I’ll be there in case discussion should happen to touch on that issue.  I feel like it will.

Go Doug!  Our State Senator, Doug Overbey was honored along with Representative Richard Montgomery as Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Hospitality Association.  I don’t know Richard but I have worked with Doug on some very important projects in the past.  He has been extremely helpful by getting involved in our problem here with the State Right of Way.  He put me in touch with the top people at TDOT and they have been really good to work with.  You can READ THE STORY HERE in the Daily Times.  Congratulations Doug!

Here is a great story on the KnoxNews website.  CLICK HERE.  Remember the hiker who took the photograph of the bear and ended up with a cut on his foot after the young bruin took a swipe at him?  He has been charged by the Feds for causing the bear to be euthanized.  Well, the Park Service, through thorough investigation decided he was not the cause of the attack.  The bear was being chased by another person and this guy was exonerated.  This is a good story from a great website that I visit almost every day.

I brought my Winchester Model 1894 30/30 to work today.  No, I’m not planning to shoot anyone or anything with it.  I’m loaning it to Ethan.  He has a bunch of wild boar visiting his house around dark.  He saw one that would have weighed about 250 pounds a couple of days ago. 

I am going to go over the safety features of this rifle with him.  This gun was designed in 1894, I think.  It’s the gun that won the west and has been the favorite deer rifle of America for over 100 years.  The problem it, it doesn’t have a safety or at least one most people are used to.  To render the rifle safe you have to click the hammer to the “Half Cocked” position.  That way if the hammer is hit by something the rifle won’t fire.  Have you ever heard the term “Going off half cocked”?  Most people have.  That phrase came from use of the Winchester Model 1894.  I don’t think one can go off half cocked.

I’m hoping Ethan will bag his first boar with my rifle. That would thrill us both. I bought this gun new sometime in the 1960’s.  If you have not eaten wild boar tenderloin you have not lived.  I had some again just two weeks ago. 

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

Byron Begley
October 19, 2010

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