Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 26, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Our little  dose of Spring we had is over.  We are back to Winter again.  It is 33 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning, the sky is overcast right now and it is going to get colder.  The high today will be around 37 degrees and the low tonight should dip to 24 degrees.  I noticed that Rich Mountain was covered with a light blanket of snow this morning. 

Little River is still gushing through town.  The flow rate is 1,230 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 361 cfs.  The water is clear and the river looks great if you are standing back looking at it.  Fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Parks could be dangerous.  The water temperature is colder in the mountains, falling in would shock your body into no tell what condition and the flow will make it hard to wade safely.  I would stay home.

On Mount Leconte, Doug McFalls is experiencing less comfortable conditions.  It is 10 degrees up there at 6,000 feet.  Read his blog HERE.  There is 5” of snow on the ground.  It is going to get a heck of a lot colder than 10 degrees later this week. 

The Weather Service is expecting a low of 11 degrees here in the valley on Saturday.  We may get some freezing rain and snow too.  I would not plan a fishing vacation to Townsend this weekend.  You could plan a hiking vacation or come by the store Saturday and watch the fly tyers, but fishing will be for the people who are probably using spinning rods and standing back from the water a little. Water temperatures will be extremely cold.

After I finish this report I am going to post our Beginner Fly Fishing School schedule on the website.  You will find the schedule from the main menu under “Schools” then “School Schedules”.   Our beginner schools are a great way to get started in this fascinating sport.  And we don’t charge an arm and a leg.  We want you to get started now.

I started reading an interesting book last night.  It is named A History of Hunting in the Great Smoky Mountains.  It was written by Bob Plott.  Some of he most popular hounds used in Appalachia for bear and boar are Plott hounds.  Plott hounds were originally brought to the United States in 1750 by Bob Plott’s great, great grandfather, Johannes Plott.  Plott hounds are good looking and friendly dogs who tend to never give up.  I spent a few days last year hunting with several packs of them.  They are great hunting companions. 

Get out your warm clothes and prepare for a Smoky Mountains Winter again.  I’m ready for Spring.

Next Saturday Jack Gregory and Tim Ivey will be tying.  Jack lives here, I have fished with him a lot and I think he is the best fly fisherman I know.  Tim comes from Georgia.  He is a fly tying demonstrator and professional tyer.  You folks ought to be here next Saturday.  The demonstrations are free and they start at 10:00 am.  The tyers perform until 2:00 pm.

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

Byron Begley
January 26, 2010


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