Townsend, Tennessee

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  At 3:30 am this morning I woke and realized that Troutfest is one week away.  I got up at 4:30, piddled around fly tying desk then got ready for work.  I’ve been here in the office since 6:45 am.  I don’t know if it is excitement or anxiety.  It started early as anxiety.  Right now it is excitement.  Let’s keep it that way.

It was foggy coming to work.  I stopped at the swinging bridge to take the temperature, 58 degrees again.  The water in Little River has been right around that mark for days. That’s good.  The river is high but looking good.  This is a great year for Little River.   

Right now there is a thunderstorm hovering over the mountains with frequent lightning.  I can see the mountains but just barely.  I have been hearing thunder for a while.  Wunderground radar on my other Mac doesn’t look good at all.  There is a huge patch of red headed our way.  It should be here in about five minutes.  The power might go out. 

“If you can’t read this it is because our power went out”.

Fishing should be fine in the smaller streams.  Don’t fall in, it is swift.  Stay near the bank.  I would fish nymphs, weighted with split shot and bumping along the bottom.  I would also wait until this storm passes through.  I would not be out there right now for anything.  Now the National Weather Service is saying we are under a severe thunderstorm warning. 

I believe I would call off any fishing trips here today.  Stay home and tie flies, go to work or school.  If you called in sick, call back and tell them you are feeling better.  Save that excuse for another day.

Here is something I found on the WBIR website:  CLICK HERE.  There is a new lake in Crossville.  It is 250 acres in one of the most beautiful areas of Tennessee, the Cumberland Plateau.  I looked online further and found nothing about fishing.  But I won’t give up.  I’ll call some friends up there and get the scoop.  It is a city lake that will probably be used for drinking water.  I’m hoping they will make it a motorless lake or trolling motors only.  It would be a shame if they don’t allow fishing at all. 

It is dark outside, darker than it was at 6:30 this morning.  And according to the radar, that storm is going to hit right now.  It’s so dark I can’t see the mountains, only headlights and lighted windows in the buildings.  Here it comes.

I’ll update this later.

OK, the worst is over.  We had lightning and very heavy rain but no wind thank goodness.  I just talked to Park Burson.  He is our sales rep for Chota, St. Croix, Lamson and Scientific Anglers.  We were talking about business and Troutfest.  He will have a booth in the Troutfest National Manufacturers Tent. He is a great guy.  You will like him a lot.  He’s bringing his wife, and kids.  The kids are 1 and 3 years old.  I’m looking forward to seeing them.  We’ll put him next to Chota’s booth. 

Kris Maurer will be here in a few minutes.  We are going to layout the vendor booths in the National Tent on paper.  Kris just got married and is back from the honeymoon.  Paula went to the wedding but I couldn’t get away. 

Kris is the Fishing Manager at Orvis Sevierville which is a real nice store.  All of the Orvis Company stores are beautiful.  And they are staffed with nice people.  I know a lot of them.  All of the Orvis Stores in this part of the country have promoted Troutfest well for us.  And the Orvis Company is one of our top three donors and sponsors.  Bill Reed the National Sales Manager, Robert Bryant our Orvis Business Manager and Kris will be here all weekend during Troutfest including the banquet.  Kris serves on the Troutfest Executive Committee.  He’s done a great job. 

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

Byron Begley
May 8, 2009


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