It’s no secret to anglers in the Blue Ridge that East Tennessee is a trout fishing hot spot. That’s because wild trout thrive in the Blue Ridge region of East Tennessee and anglers have more than 850 miles of streams to pursue trout. Most of these streams are on public land in the Cherokee National Forest or Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Ed Carter, executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said it best, “From our native brook trout fishing available in the high elevations streams around the Appalachian Trail to some of the deep and beautiful reservoirs that have a variety of popular fish that include smallmouth and walleye, the eastern portion of our state could keep a serious angler busy for years, even if they fish year around.” Before You GoTo help get you on the water more quickly, consider visiting www.gooutdoorstennessee.com where you can easily purchase required licenses or permits in minutes. Residents between 13 and 15 can purchase an inexpensive youth license, while those 16 and older are required to have adult fishing licenses. The cost can vary depending on your age or whether you make an annual or daily purchase. The website will also help you understand license versus permit requirements. If you hunt and fish, your best investment might be the Sportsman license, which is valid for hunting, trapping and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Non-residents are able to purchase an all species three-day all-fish license for $40.50, this is the best option for a weekend fishing in TN if you are traveling from another state. The money from fishing licenses goes directly back into the many programs that benefit all Tennesseans and visitors who enjoy the state’s many fishing opportunities, including construction and maintenance of boat ramps, stocking of fish, and fish management. Day 1Dust off Your Fly Rod at Watauga Lake Start your trip by driving to Watauga Lake after stocking up for the weekend in nearby Butler. The 6,430-acre TVA reservoir located in northeast Tennessee near the North Carolina border. Smallmouth, walleye, and trout are the most popular game fish in the Watauga. There are eight public boat ramps, and two Forest Service recreation facilities all supported by fishing licenses purchased from the state. A favorite for anglers on the Watauga are the stocked rainbow and lake trout. There is no size limit for any trout species, but there is a daily limit of 7; only two of which can be lake trout. If you are backpack fishing for the weekend, there is a shelter available. However, consider giving up the shelter for AT thru hikers that might need it and roughing it in a tent or nearby hotel for the night. Day 2-MorningFind Trout Haven the Laurel Fork Creek Travel southwest approximately 30 minutes to Elizabethton for a big breakfast and your fill of coffee before heading to Laurel Creek, an eastern Tennessee favorite among trout fishermen in the know. Not to be confused with Laurel Creek, another northeastern Tennessee trout stream located not far from here, the Laurel Fork can be reached from Dennis Cove Road. The road doesn’t follow the wild trout part of the stream and you will need to do a bit of hiking to reach the best trout pockets in the stream. The stream is overflowing with brown trout and early fall is the best time to fish Laurel Fork Creek because the brown trout will be spawning. It is highly possible to catch a trophy size trout in this tiny creek. Day 2-AfternoonVenture to the Doe River in Roan Mountain State ParkFrom Elizabethton, take Highway 19 South to Roan Mountain, approximately 20 minutes t From Roan Mountain, take Highway 143 into Roan Mountain State Park. Good public access abounds inside the park. Permission needs to be obtained for fishing private properties that adjoin the park.The Doe River is cool enough to support a healthy population of three species of trout. Native brook trout, rainbow, and brown trout, are stocked regularly, and in fact, the Doe River is stocked every two weeks from February through June. Brown trout weighing up to 7 lbs. have been caught on the Doe, as well as wild brown trout in the 13- to 14-inch range.Day 3End Your Weekend with a Jaunt to South Fork of the Holston RiverComplete your weekend fishing loop by driving north to the South Fork of the Holston River. The South Fork is a 14-mile long tailrace waterway, running from the dam at South Holston Lake to Bluff City, where the river flows into Boone Lake and off of Highway 421. The river falls under general gear, bait and creel regulations, with the only exception being a slot limit that protects fish from 16 to 22 inches. There is a walk-in area off River Bend Road with limited parking for shoreline anglers who like to wade. Another great wading area, complete with pullouts and picnic facilities is upstream from Emmet Bridge. For more on Eastern Tennessee fishing, including complete regulations for individual streams, check out the TWRA’s Web site at www.tnwildlife.org. Doug Markham is the Communications Manager for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. He has been with the agency since 1987 and among his favorite hobbies is trying his best to catch a fish.
The HHS is also building stockpiles of personal protective equipment, the HHS report said. The department has purchased 104 million N-95 respirators and 52 million surgical masks and has allocated $100 million to buy ventilators, syringes, and intravenous antibiotics for the national stockpile. Jul 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) In an update on the nation’s pandemic preparedness efforts, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday said it had stockpiled enough H5N1 avian influenza vaccine to protect about 6 million people and that federal and state supplies contain enough antiviral medication to treat more than 48 million. On other fronts, the HHS has: Distributed 19 checklists and guidances for governments, businesses, educational institutions, and individuals and families on the federal pandemic flu Web site, www.flu.gov. See also: Additional accomplishmentsBy December 2006, 59 states, territories, and tribes had held pandemic planning conferences, supported by $325 million from the HHS. The department said it has provided another $250 million for groups to hold pandemic preparedness exercises. Leavitt said in January the HHS awarded $103 to develop peramivir, an injectable or intravenously administered neuraminidase inhibitor that has shown promising results against a range of influenza strains. “Further studies will test whether this drug can treat seasonal and other life-threatening influenza viruses such as H5N1,” he said. Vaccine developmentsHHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in the report that the department has stockpiled 12 million doses of the H5N1 vaccine that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April as the first human avian flu vaccine. The two-dose schedule for the vaccine, which is based on a clade 1 virus isolated from a Vietnamese patient in 2004, would allow vaccination of 6 million people. The report reviewed other federal efforts to boost supply and develop other H5N1 vaccines. In December the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) launched human trials of a DNA vaccine that contains no infectious material but only portions of the influenza virus’s genetic material. In January the HHS awarded $132.5 million contract to three vaccine companies to develop adjuvants to stretch the supply of existing vaccine supplies and possibly protect against a wider range of influenza viruses. Antivirals and other suppliesFor antivirals, the HHS has said its goal is to stockpile enough to treat 81 million people: 50 million from the HHS and 31 from state supplies. Leavitt said the HHS has 36 million treatment courses on hand. He said nearly all states have enrolled in a federally subsidized program to purchase their own antiviral supplies, and purchases so far total 12 million treatment courses. “As a follow-up, the HHS asked the National Governors Association to hold 10 regional pandemic influenza workshops this year to test intergovernmental and interstate cooperation,” Leavitt said in the report. Launched a series of public service announcements in English and Spanish to raise awareness about pandemic influenza and preparedness Released an advisory report on community mitigation strategies, which includes a pandemic severity index to guide the implementation of specific measures HHS “Pandemic Planning Update IV”http://www.flu.gov/professional/panflureport4.html Hosted a leadership summit and blog series for community leaders to discuss how to promote personal pandemic preparedness Jul 17 CIDRAP News story “White House issues 1-year status report on pandemic planning” Last May the HHS awarded five contracts totaling $1 billion to develop cell-based technologies for making flu vaccines, which would speed production compared with traditional egg-based methods. Issued interim guidance on facemask and respirator use The 14-page HHS status report, its fourth official update, was released a day after the White House issued a report on US pandemic preparedness. While the HHS report focuses mainly on progress made on US soil, the White House addressed a broad range of pandemic planning activities, including detailed reports of US support of several overseas efforts. Over the next 5 years the HHS investments in vaccine capacity will produce enough to cover every US resident within 6 months of the appearance of a pandemic virus, Leavitt said. “More funding will follow in the near future to help build US factories that will produce cell-based influenza vaccine,” he said in the update. “If H5N1 or a similar pandemic virus reached the United States, this vaccine could help protect those who would be at the highest risk of exposure to the virus in the early critical months of a pandemic,” Leavitt said in the report.