Townsend, Tennessee
January 10, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Outside my office window I see snow flurries and mountains with a blanket of snow on the ground.  The temperature right now is 22 degrees, much warmer than we are used to.  The high today will be under 30 degrees.  Townsend is quiet as it should be. 

Fishing has been slow.  There have been a few trout caught just inside the Park and in town.  Many of the Park roads have been closed due to snow and ice.  Some are still closed today.  I just called the Park Service Road Information phone recording.  You can do the same by dialing 865-436-1200.  You will be prompted to the road report.  According to what I heard just now, Laurel Creek Road to Cades Cove is closed.  I think it was open yesterday.  Little River Road, Cades Cove Loop Road, Foothills Parkway and Highway 441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee are all still closed.  You should verify the Laurel Creek Road closing if you plan to visit Cades Cove.

I gave information on this report recently telling you how to call the Park and get road closing information.  I made a mistake though.  Instead of typing in the correct number I typed Steve Moore’s phone number.  Steve is the Chief Fisheries Biologist at the Park and since we are good friends who talk to each other often, I just gave his number out by mistake.  Evidently, he got a lot of calls from Fishing Report readers.  I would like to be able to say it was a joke but it was in fact just an honest mistake.  I’m sure I’ll pay for that one someday.

I just checked the snow depth in the Park reported yesterday morning.  Newfound Gap didn’t have a report.  Mount Leconte showed 18 inches of snow on the ground.  The other locations reported one inch.

We were active around here yesterday.  Rob Fightmaster held a free fly tying demonstration that was well attended.  Today at noon, Tim Doyle will be tying until 4:00 pm.  Tim is a fly fishing guide who grew up fishing in the Smokies.  He will put on a good show and you should be here.  It’s Free.  Just come on by and enjoy yourself.

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

Byron Begley
January 10, 2010

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