Townsend, Tennessee
January 16, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 32 degrees right now in Townsend, Tennessee.  It will gradually warm up, the winds will get stronger during the day and tonight there is a 100% chance for rain.  We need it.  Little River’s flow this morning is 165 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 262 cfs.  As you can see we have been lacking rain since the first of the year.  The water temperature is climbing.  It was 36 degrees in town at the swinging bridge.

It is quiet in Townsend but not so at the shop.  We have 8 students taking a fly tying class and there will be a free fly tying demonstration between 10:00 and 2:00 featuring Lee Whitehead.  So, we’ll have a crowed here. 

This might be a good day to catch a nice trout though later when the wind picks up it might be advisable to stay out of the woods.  The wind is expected to be strong tonight but not today.  The water is crystal clear.  It’s going to be tough to fool a wild trout in the Park.  You might consider fishing in Town for the stocked trout.  They are going to be lethargic due to the cold water temperature.  But it will be a nice day to be on the river.  The high temperature will be in the mid 50’s.

I’m looking out at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The brown to dark gray mountains look peaceful.  There are not many people around.  It’s that time of year.  But, we should see some activity today from people trying to relieve their cabin fever which is pretty much chronic all over America.  It has been cold from the Rockies to the Atlantic for many days.  Relief is on the way, here at least.

We are beginning to dig in and work hard on Troutfest.  This event is brought to you in May by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  You can visit the WEBSITE HERE.

We begin with a fund raising banquet on Friday night May 14th.  Then the Fly Fishing Exposition will run Saturday the 15th through Sunday the 16th.  We will have plenty of fly fishing celebrities there including Joe Humphreys, Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser and Jim Casada.  Vendors will be selling fishing art and tackle.  National manufacturers will have booths there.  It is going to be quite an event.  Last year we made a profit of $34,000.  The Chapter donated $40,000 to Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Fisheries Department.

The event is growing fast.  I’m Chairman again and we have a large steering committee with each member responsible for a part of or several parts of the event.  None of us are paid, we are all volunteers.  So, everything we make goes to the Park and to Youth Fisheries and Water Quality Eduction.

I met with Terry Becker yesterday.  She is the Human Resources Manager for Maryville, Alcoa, Blount County Department of Parks and Recreation.  She showed me their method for organizing volunteers for large events.  I thought it was a great way to make things flow smoothly when you are counting on over 100 volunteers, like we are.  Her husband and my buddy Ron will be our Volunteer Coordinator and we’ll use this system that Terry showed me yesterday.  Our very large Steering Committee will meet tomorrow afternoon and we’ll put this organization tool in place.

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

Byron Begley
January 16, 2010


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