Townsend, Tennessee
January 7, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It’s cold again this morning, 21 degrees.  That may not seem cold to many of you but it does to me.  Snow and colder temperatures are on the way.  The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 1” to 2” of snow today and less than 1” tonight.  It will be pretty around here for a while because this snow probably won’t melt.  I’m looking forward to this.

Fishing will be slow for most folks and dangerous if you fall in.  The brown trout were still feeding last weekend.  After Jack and Ronnie and all of us broke up our weekend get together they went fishing.  That was Sunday and it was extremely cold.  Jack caught a brown that according to his hand measurement appeared to be over 20”.  He did say that most of the big fish were hunkered down and not moving at all. 

Bill came in this morning and mentioned that the tailwaters are slowing down their generation schedules.  He said the Caney Fork is going to be off all day.  We wondered though, who is going fishing today?  Who would go fishing knowing that it’s going to snow and you could get stuck where you are.  There was a time I would have.  There was a time when I didn’t care.

Wayne and I were fishing on the Caney Fork during the 70’s knowing darned well it was going to snow.  We both lived in Nashville at the time.  Sure enough, it started snowing.  We kept on fishing.  We finally decided to head home, about a one hour drive on dry roads.  By the time we got to the Interstate the snow was several inches deep on the roads.  We simply put my truck in four wheel drive and cruised along at maybe 30 miles per hour.  No big deal.

In front of us, a girl was driving a compact car and slid off the road.  Her car’s front end hit a rock bluff.  We stopped but there was no way to get that car out of the ditch.  So, we gave her a ride, back the other direction to a small town.  That probably took a couple of hours.  It was a long day.  We got home late.

Wayne and I were camping at Smokmont Campground in the Smokies for a few days during the winter.  We woke up one morning and sleet was hitting our tent.  We decided to bail out and head to Townsend.  As we drove up to Newfound Gap the sleet turned to snow.  We stopped at the Clingman’s Dome turn and got out of the truck.  The snow was several inches deep.  We threw a couple of snowballs at each other, of course. 

Now we had to drive down the mountain to Sugarland Center.  To me that road is scary enough without snow and ice to contend with.  A person could easily drive off the mountain and die.  The Park service closed the road at Sugarlands so no traffic was approaching us.  We had the road to ourselves.  We shifted the truck into low range four wheel drive and crept down the mountain.  It was tense.  We made it to Elkmont and guess what?  No snow.  It was raining.

I could write all day telling you snow/fishing stories.  Looking back, it was fun at the time.  Today, I would just as soon avoid those situations.

Rob Fightmaster will be tying here on Saturday, January 9th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Rob is a fly fishing guide, he built the fly fishing program at Blackberry Farm and he was just featured in Garden & Gun Magazine.  He is also a consultant to fly fishing lodges.  He’s a great guy, good friend and talented fly tyer.  You will enjoy the show.  Just show up.  It’s Free. 

On Sunday, January 10th, Tim Doyle will be tying for yet another Free Fly Tying Demonstration.  On Sunday he will be tying between 12:00 NOON until 4:00 pm.  Tim is also a fly fishing guide specializing in the Smokies and our area’s tailwaters and lakes.  He is a great fly tyer and knowledgeable story teller.  You will be entertained.

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

Byron Begley
December 7, 2009

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