Townsend, Tennessee
January 4, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Light snow is falling in the valley.  It was 14 degrees according to the thermometer on our front porch when I left for work. I saw one car on the road from my house to the swinging bridge, that was it.  I drove around town to look at the river and saw a couple of cars and trucks.  The pond behind the mill dam on Little River is frozen over.  I checked the water temperature just for the heck of it.  It was 32 degrees as suspected.

Businesses have closed for the winter.  Very few are open in Townsend.  We have always stayed open during the winter though we operate at a loss. We make enough profit in March and April to recover the loses incurred in January and February.  Then we start out May basically even. 

Fishing is going to be tough in the Park.  Falling in would be a disaster.  If you need to go, try a Clouser Minnow fished deep.  A lot of local fly fishermen have switched to spinning rods right now to avoid wading.  Trout will feed when the water is cold but they have to want your fly really bad.  If you go today you need to go fishing really bad.  I’m sure some people will.  Not me.

Our free fly tying demonstrations will begin again this Saturday.  We have a great lineup of tyers and speakers available for your enjoyment for the next few weeks.  Steve Moore who is the head Fisheries Biologist at the Park will be here one Saturday to tell you about what he and his staff are working on.  He will answer your questions and you will enjoy meeting him.  I’ll post the schedule today or tomorrow.

I’ll start working on the Little River Journal today.  It will probably go out Thursday. 

I am ready for Spring.  I’ve had enough Winter already.  But, from the looks of things to come the weather is just going to get worse.  I guess it is time to start tying flies very seriously.  And then wait. 

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

Byron Begley
January 4, 2010 

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