January 13, 2010
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Little River Outfitters. It is cold again this morning. My truck reported 15 degrees as I drove to the store. There are a few roads closed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to snow, ice or downed trees. Highway 441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee is closed. The Foothills Parkway is closed. And around the Townsend area, upper Tremont Road is closed.
Warmer weather starting tomorrow and rain this weekend will help solve these problems. Little River is low and cold. The flow this morning is 173 cubic feet per second (cfs). Normal for this date is 297 cfs. January has been a very dry month. The rain this weekend combined with melting snow in the higher elevations will help the low flow situation.
Fishing in the Park is slow by most people’s standards. There are those who hunt large browns this time of year. If you spot one in the stream and get a streamer down to it, the fish may take your fly. Right now, under these conditions of low and very clear water it is a tough sport. By the way, don’t fall in. The water temperature is right at the freezing mark.
The steering committee and volunteers for Troutfest will begin our work this weekend. Every committee member will shift into forward gear. We are all getting together Sunday afternoon. We have held one planning session already but it is time to work out all the details and keep everything on track.
Joe Humphreys, Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser will be back. We are expanding attendance for the banquet to 400 people. Last year we had 300 people attend. A lot of groups have contacted us and are planning to be here. Trout Unlimited will hold the Southeast Regional Meeting the same week so those people can attend Troutfest. I got a call from a TU Chapter in Dayton, Ohio and one in Lexington Kentucky. Both said they are planning outings for their groups to be here for Troutfest.
The banquet will be held Friday Night May 14th. The Fly Fishing Exposition will take place the following Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the banquet will go on sale soon. I hope to get them printed next week. You will be able to call here and order them or do it online.
Much more information is available on the Troutfest website: www.troutfest.org. Check it out. I suggest you make reservations as soon as possible. There is a list of accommodations on this website and the Troutfest website. We have motels, cabins for rent, campgrounds and lodges available for you. But, this is a small town as vacation destinations go. We are expecting several thousand attendees at Troutfest.
Motel rooms will also be available at the Knoxville Airport area should you not be able to find what you want here. Pigeon Forge is also nearby so you could also stay there if you don’t mind the drive. Townsend is located at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are 800 miles of fishable trout streams in the Park. So, if you can, I would stay in Townsend.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
January 13, 2010
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