Townsend, Tennessee
December 8, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Most of the snow melted yesterday.  The mountains are dark gray brown again.  Traffic in Townsend is very light.  Clouds cover Tuckaleechee Cove and the Smokies.  They precede some significant rainfall that is headed our way.  According to one weather website we can expect ½” of rain today and other 1” to 2” tonight and they expect strong winds associated with the front.

The water temperature in Little River is 42 degrees at the second swinging bridge.  The flow is fairly strong.  This would be a good day to fish for brown trout.  I would use nymphs or streamers and get them down to the bottom.  If it gets windy you might want to go back to the truck.  I read one mention of gusts up to 50 miles per hour later. 

Yesterday I saw a sea gull standing in our parking lot.  Sometimes they end up here but it is rare.  It kind of made me want to get out my tarpon gear.  We may get some snow this weekend.  I’m supposed to be boar and bear hunting in the mountains.  That should be interesting if it does snow.  We will be driving on dirt Forest Service roads in the middle of nowhere.  Actually it’s only a few miles from here as the crow flies. 

I got a shipment of .45/70 caliber cartridges yesterday delivered by UPS.  They are hard to find.  I bought these boxes online from a company called Abel’s from Huntsville, Texas.  At about $2.00 a piece, I won’t be doing much plinking with them. 

These rounds look like those used in machine guns used during the Viet Nam war.  I got to fire a machine gun once when I was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana.  Other than throwing hand grenades, that was one of the coolest things I had done in my life at that point. I guess I was young and easily impressed by loud explosions and firepower. 

Dang, what’s going on with business?  In November we were up 25.25% over the same month last year.  We just finished our first week of December yesterday.  We were up 55.06% from the same week last year.  Is it us or the economy?  Is it dumb luck?  Only time will tell.  I have been making some big changes in our website and most of our business right now is derived from our online catalog. Business was bad last November so an increase like that was expected by us.  December wasn’t that bad last year.  

Bob Miller from the National Park Service gave a talk yesterday at our Chamber of Commerce board meeting.  I’ve known Bob a long time.  He is the information guy at the Park.  Actually there are two, Nancy Gray is also part of the PR crew there.  Bob knows more about the Park than anyone I have met.  Obviously, he is smart, very smart.  You can ask him the most obscure question, one that should make him think a minute and he immediately gives you the answer.  I would say he has total recall.

The subject yesterday was the closing of Cades Cove to tear out and re-build the loop road.  They are planning to start March 1st and be finished by Memorial Day weekend.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park received a lot of stimulus money.  They are doing some much-needed repairs.  I think he said the Cades Cove road was last re-surfaced in 1977.  It is in horrible shape.  This is money well spent.

You probably know this but, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the Country.  We have around 9 million people visit the Park every year. We all love it and work hard to protect it.  The Park is the main reason our County is prosperous.  People who live in our County know it and we support it in every way possible.  

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

Byron Begley
November 8, 2009

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