Townsend, Tennessee
January 8, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Snow fell late yesterday afternoon.  We didn’t get much but what we did get stuck to the roads and packed down.  When I pulled out onto Old Cades Cove Road this morning I could see one car in the ditch and a truck abandoned.  About ¼ mile from there I saw where a vehicle slid off the road.  The Park is closed.  We’re all here, Bill, Paula, Daniel and me.  I doubt if there will be any customers today at least until the roads are cleared.  The main road through town is in pretty good shape.

It is 14 degrees right now and our high today is expected to be 24 degrees.  That is about what we can expect all weekend.  I don’t think I would even consider going fishing today or this weekend.  I’m sure some people will but not many. 

A red tail hawk is sitting in a tree right outside my window.  He is watching the field behind the store, hoping to see movement.  I would think the rabbits and other critters that live in the ground are going to stay there today.  It is snowing again.  The hawk got tired of waiting and flew off.  He’ll be back.  This is one of his favorite places.

Townsend is a special place when it snows.  Right now it is beautiful here.  The mountains are white, everyone here is kind of laid back right now and there is almost no traffic on the streets. 

We are a leisure travel town, our economy relies on tourism.  Now the tourists are gone.  What’s left are us mountain folks.  This entire valley has a population of about 2,000 people.  Around 250 people live in the Townsend city limits.  During these times the people we run into are people who we know. We rely on each other for support.  For the most part our citizens work with our government to protect what we have.  When someone asks for your help, you give it to them.  When you ask for help, you get it.  That is the way things are in Southern Appalachia.  That concept has not changed in generations.  I like it here.

I finished the Little River Journal yesterday.  You will get yours today via e-mail.  I really like this one.  The writers did an excellent job.  I need to call Lefty and get some more articles from him.  I keep forgetting to do that. 

Rob Fightmaster will be tying in the shop tomorrow starting at 10:00 am and going until 2:00 pm.  Come on by, it’s free and tomorrow will be a good day to do something besides actually fishing.  Rob is a guide and fishing lodge consultant.  We have known him for many years, I’ve lost count.  He used to work here then moved over to Blackberry Farm to run their fly fishing operation.  Call us if the roads are bad.  They should be fine but we don’t want anyone to get hurt. 

Stay warm, have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
January 8, 2010 

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