Townsend, Tennessee
November 5, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a bright sunny morning though earlier a thick fog was present in the valley.  This morning the temperature was 40 degrees.  I should drop to the low 30’s tonight.  There is no rain in the forecast for the next few days.  It will be sunny with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 30’s.  Yesterday was beautiful.  I took a walk about 2:00.  Turning left at the Visitors Center I walked up Myers Road.  About ½ mile up the road I found a house that has probably been a homestead for at least 100 years.  The yard was full of the largest maple trees I think I have ever seen.  They were huge.  The leaves were yellow.  They made me feel small.  Why hadn’t I noticed them before?  You miss things when you are driving but notice them when walking.

Little River is beautiful today.  The flow is still strong and the water temperature in town is 49 degrees.  Fishing in the Park should be fine later today after the water warms up a little.  Dry flies or nymphs should work.  I would probably lean more toward nymphs for no reason I can think of.  There will be leaves in the water and you will hook some.  But, today and for the next few, fishing in the Park will be a rewarding experience whether the fishing is good or not.  What we have now is Fall at it’s best.  You won’t be bothered with a lot of people. 

The cows are standing at attention in the field across the road.  It’s good to have them back.  The farmer has been growing hay in those fields during the summer and keeping the cattle out.  So, the Cow Standing Factor during the summer usually read N/C, “no cows”.  I guess that is over for a while, the cows are back.

I’m going to take a day off soon and hike up Lynn Camp Prong.  I’m anxious to see the new brook trout population.  The Park Service and TU volunteers captured 1,800 brook trout from other streams in the Park and moved them to Lynn Camp.  All fish in the stream had been removed using fish toxins.  So, scattered for about nine miles along this beautiful  river are 200 fish per mile.  That is a very light load.  But, you can find them, especially now.  The specks are in full spawning colors and hopefully they are on the redds and spawning. 

Lynn Camp Prong had a population of rainbow trout that exceeded 2,000 fish per mile in good years.  If we don’t have floods or droughts, we could be back to that number soon but this time they will be brookies.  Some day, in three to five years that stream will be open to fishermen again.  I’m looking forward to that.  I’ll be there opening day.

Brook trout are becoming more popular as stocked trout in Tennessee.  They are doing especially well in the Clinch and Caney Fork tailwaters.  Evidently they are easily hatched and raised.  Brook trout fill a void in time when hatcheries have available equipment and space.  I’m looking forward to seeing more brook trout in our streams and tailwaters.

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

Byron Begley
November 5, 2009

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