Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cold in Townsend, Tennessee.  My truck thermometer reported 8 degrees.  A nearby weather station said 13 degrees.  My Chevy is always right.  It is 8 degrees.  That means it is probably below zero in the higher mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  But, today begins the warming trend.  We are all ready for that.

I didn’t check the water temperature this morning.  I was running late.  Believe me, the water is cold.  We’ll see the water warm up by the weekend but not much.  The water level is below normal, which is unusual lately.  Flow is currently 230 cubic feet per second compared to median flow of 272 cfs.  Snow-melt and rain in the forecast could change that later this week.  Some of the snow melted yesterday in the mountains and in the valley.  We still have a few inches on the ground here. 

Fishing will be somewhat better later this week.  The trout will be hunkered down due to the cold temperatures.  Nymphs fished deep and weighted will be your best shot.  Streamers might do OK too.  But, fishing is not going to be good.  The stocked trout in Gatlinburg and Cherokee might be fairly active.  Stockers don’t seem to mind the cold water like the wild trout do.  Your best bet this week will be the tailwaters if you can get a decent generation schedule.  Generation activity is high.  Power demand is high. 

Kim DeLozier, the Chief Wildlife Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is retiring after 32 years.  I don’t know Kim well but I’ve been around him a few times.  He’s a nice guy and evidently has done an excellent job taking care of the animals in the Park.  You can read the story HERE on the KnoxNews website.

I thought it was interesting that he found where a mountain lion had stashed some deer carcasses in the early 80’s.  Cougars are rare here.  I know of two credible sightings in the past 12 months. Though they are secretive animals and mostly nocturnal, I would never be surprised to see one.  So far, I have only seen mountain lion tracks in the snow.  Between the footprints I could see where the animal’s tail had dragged in the snow.

I know of one instance where a deer carcass was hanging in a tree in the Park.  That was found a year or so ago by a Park Service employee.  I guess they never told Kim about that one. 

I got a Christmas e-card from Lisa who runs the Appalachian Bear Rehabilitation Center near our house.  In it she said she received a new bear which brings the total to two now.  That is a low number for the Center.  The new bear came from Louisiana, it is a two year old and only weighs 40 pounds.  She also has a cub from Virginia and the two bears are getting along well together.

The Town Hall Meeting I told you about yesterday is tonight, not last night.  I finally figured that out during the day yesterday.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

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

Byron Begley
December 28, 2010    

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