Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 8, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The fog burned off early.  Traffic is very light.  It seemed there were very few visitors in our town this weekend.  The fishermen were not fishing, that’s for sure.  High water, cold temperatures and closed park roads caused that.  We were slow this past week.

Little River is brimming full of water.  The gauge is reading 3.23 feet which equates to 810 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Today sets yet another record for high water on this date.  The prior record was 762 cfs set in 1973.  Median flow for this date is 300 cfs.

Fishing in the Park could pay off for you today especially later when the clouds cover the sky.  Don’t try to wade far from shore.  There is still plenty of flow.  Cast big nymphs and streamers into the slower eddys and pools.  Get them down deep.  That might pay off with a nice trout.  I would choose a smaller stream and wade carefully.  The water temperature in town is 41 degrees.  The trout will not be very active.  If you get one to eat it is probably because your fly was presented very close to he trout without spooking it.

Most of the Park roads are open on this side.  You may encounter snow and ice on the roads in the higher elevations tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night and maybe after that.  Precipitation in the form of rain, freezing rain and snow is moving into our region.  In our valley the low temperature tonight will be too high for the precipitation to stick to the roads.  Tomorrow night a cold front will move in and with snow or rain expected it could get messy.

Jack and I worked on Troutfest most of the day yesterday.  We measured the whole Troutfest site and drew it to scale on a computer.  We identified each vendor booth.  If you are planning to be a vendor please check our website and download the information.  We have some forms to fill out and the charges for the booth space is defined.  Booth prices range from $50 to $150 for a 10’ x 10’ for the whole weekend.  If you are a guide service , fly shop, artist or crafter and believe our venue would be good for you try to be here.  Jack and I are handling the vendor placement.  I am doing the accounting and assigning the booth locations as the applications come in.

Banquet tickets are also on sale at our store or online.  Go to the Troutfest website and choose “Banquet” “Buy Tickets” to see the options.  Don’t wait too long.  They will probably sell out.  And don’t wait too long to make your motel, cabin or lodge reservations.  This town is going to be full of people that weekend.

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

Byron Begley
February 8, 2010

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