Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 5, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It started raining early this morning.  Fog is blocking my view of the Smokies right now and the cloud cover is hiding the sun.  It’s dark in here.  Little River is running at full bore.  The water temperature this morning was 43 degrees.  The water is stained in town.  More rain and even snow is expected today, tonight and tomorrow.  The snow probably won’t stick to the roads in the valley.  It is going to be too warm.  We’ll probably get quite a bit of snow in the higher elevations. 

The flow in Little River is 1,080 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 346 cfs.  The water is still rising and may continue to do so through tomorrow.  There is a lot of moisture coming our way from the Gulf.  Right now it looks like the heavier rain will be to our East but that could change.  We got over an inch of rain so far since yesterday morning.

This would be a good day to catch a large brown trout and there are plenty of them in the larger streams.  Be very careful though.  Wading could be dangerous.  Stay close to the bank and flip large nymphs or streamers in the slower water.  The overcast skies and turbid water could work in your favor. 

You probably saw Steve Yates’ article in the Little River Journal yesterday.  He wrote about tying and fishing the Girdle Bug.  I would use one of those today.

We started selling the Troutfest banquet tickets yesterday.  After I’m finished with this report I will take a photo of one and activate the online catalog software so you can buy them online.  Go to, click on the Banquet menu item and "Buy Tickets".   It will take you to our website so your credit card information is encrypted.  When you buy the tickets we’ll turn the orders over to Bill and Sheila Bolinger who will process your credit card and mail you the tickets.  The Little River Chapter of TU will show up on your credit card bill.  This year we are accepting American Express at all Troutfest activities as well as Mastercard and Visa.  You may also stop by the shop and buy them.  Make checks payable to Little River Chapter of TU. 

If you don’t want to buy the tickets online just call our store toll free 877-448-3474 and we’ll get the information to Bill and Sheila.  We are only selling 400 so don’t wait too long. 

I think Kris Maurer found a home for Ginger.  If you have been reading the Fishing Report for the past few days you saw her and read Kris’ story.  I also put her photo and his story in the Little River Journal.  Evidently someone saw Ginger’s picture on here and called Kris.  I am hoping she found a good home.  She is one great dog.

Don’t forget to be here tomorrow between 10:00 am til 2:00 pm for our Free Fly Tying Demonstration.  Tomorrow’s tyers will be Brian Courtney and Mike Adams.  These guys are great fly tyers and fishermen.  You will learn a lot from them.  Brian teaches our fly tying classes with Walter.  Mike is a guide in upper East Tennessee.  You don’t have to make an appointment, just show up.

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

Byron Begley
February 5, 2010



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