Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains in Townsend, Tennessee.  We are drenched.  Our rain gauge held 1.25 inches this morning.  The airport reported 1.97 inches.  New Years Day was a dreary one.  We joined five other couples in a big cabin in Wear’s Valley for two nights.  Two of my friends we were with have been my buddies for over 50 years.  Most of the cabins I drove by this morning had visitors or residents inside.  This is a big weekend in and around our town.  Most people will be going home today.

Little River is rolling and there is some color in the water.  Flow is 1,430 cubic feet per second now, which is down from the peak last night of around 2,700 cfs.  Just around midnight the flow was 2,000 cfs.  Record flow for this date based on 45 years was 1,660 in 1979 so today set a new record.  Median flow for this date is 293 cfs. 

Wading will be dangerous in most streams.  I did not get the water temperature, I was lucky to be here by opening time.  I got lost a few times this morning in the mountains.  The water is warmer and fishing yesterday was great for Joe McGroom.  His brother Ethan who works here showed me a photo of Joe taken yesterday in the Park.  Joe was holding a 20” brown trout, his first for the year.

If you go fishing stay close to the bank and toss streamers or nymphs.  You might want to give them plenty of weight.  The overcast skies we have now will help your efforts.  The sun will come out later and we are expecting a high of 42 degrees today.  Then tonight the cold comes back.

What a year we just said good by too. 

Last month was our coldest December since 1871 here.  I read that of course.  And we’re getting a good jump on rainfall for the year. 

The Dow Jones Industrial average grew by 11% last year.  The Wall Street Journal reports the market blue chips have grown in two consecutive years and four out of the past five years.  That’s good news. The U.S. economy grew by about 2.6% last year or that’s the best guess.  We’ll know for sure soon.  Growth in China last year is estimated to be 7.5% but their markets were down through December 23rd for the year.  Our housing sector is down and unemployment is still high.  

TCU won the Rose Bowl yesterday.  It is good to see a tiny school rise to near the top among colleges with huge student populations and bulging budgets.  That shows me there was some good management going on in that football program over the past few years.  Good news for the little guy.  Good news for smart thinkers and athletes with a good attitude and talent.  Wisconsin, a huge school who lost to TCU played well too.  Both teams were playing well at the highest level possible.  It was a good game and I hardly ever watch football.  My buddies were glued to the set so maybe I didn’t have much of a choice.  It was fun to watch.

We are at a turning point in our small town.  Good decisions must be made this year.  I hope everyone is up to the task.  I hope we can join together for the good of all, big and small. 

I’m looking forward to this new year.  I hope it is a prosperous, healthy and safe new year for you.

Enjoy your day.  We are open for you today.  Thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
January 2, 2011 

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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying

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