Townsend, Tennessee
January 9, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was 11 degrees when I left the house this morning.  The first 2 miles of my commute was on packed snow and ice.  The main roads are clear.  Walter was parked in our lot when I got here.  He is teaching a fly tying class today.  I only saw a couple of cars early.  And looking out now I don’t see any.

Most of the roads in the Park are closed.  441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee is one of them.  Little River Road is closed too.  The loop around Cades Cove is closed.  The Foothills Parkway is closed.  I noticed the low temperature last night at Mount Leconte was 6 below. 

Steve Moore just came in.  He is in charge of the Fisheries Program in the Park.  He said he has been seeing anchor ice in the streams.  He agrees with me.  Don’t go fishing now.  It is dangerous and the fishing will be very slow.

Rob Fightmaster will be tying flies here between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. It is a Free Demonstration.  Just show up.  Rob is a guide and lodge consultant.  He is also a gifted writer.  Come on by, it’s too cold to go fishing.

I made a not to myself this morning, “Bring wooly bugger materials home”.  I keep my materials here in my office in a closet.  Then when I plan to tie, I just take home what I need and bring it back when I’m ready to move on to something else.  I keep my tackle and boat equipment here too.  Our boats are at the shop. 

I’m going to tie a lot of different weights and sizes of wooly buggers this winter.  I will use them for bass and trout this spring.  Most will be black.  Many will be small, #10 and smaller.  I will indicate the weight by using different colors of thread on the head.  Black will be light, Green will be medium weight and Red will have some big wire wrapped around the hook shank. 

The wooly bugger is a fish catching machine.  I know a couple of people who don’t fish with anything else.  That’s all they use and that works for them.

Sorry this is late.  The Mayor dropped in for a briefing concerning a planning commission meeting Thursday night.

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

Byron Begley
January 9, 2010


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