Townsend, Tennessee
January 17, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  We got some rain last night but I don’t know how much.  Time for a new rain gauge.  I’ll post the rain amounts reported from the airport on the dashboard to the left when they are available.  OK, I checked.  We got about ½” of rain snce yesterday morning.

The water temperature in Little River climbed to 40 degrees.  The flow rate picked up too.  Right now Little River is flowing at a rate of 276 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 258 cfs.  We are supposed to get more rain today and tonight.  The river looks great.  It appeared to be up some from yesterday morning.  It turns out the flow has increased considerably. 

Anglers are reporting some nice catches in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Joe McGroom had a good day yesterday using a streamer.  His largest trout was a brown over 20”.  All the local anglers are talking about the high number of large browns in Little River.  Jack, Walter and I were talking about that yesterday.  There are a lot of them in the 15” to 18” range.  We were wondering what next fall will bring.  The common theory is, the last two droughts killed a lot of rainbow trout.  So, there are more aquatic insects to feed on per fish.  And, there are a lot of small rainbows due to the successful spawn last Spring.  So there are plenty of bows for the larger predator browns to eat.  Makes sense to me.

Fishing is only going to get better.  You do need to get your fly in front of the fish.  Use lots of weight and mend.  Stay hidden and use either large nymphs or streamers.  Any streamer that resembles a baitfish, like a muddler minnow will work.  You won’t catch a lot of fish but the ones you do catch will be nice ones.  Jack and Ronnie caught over 40 trout about three weeks ago.  It was one of those days.  They caught 13 out of one hole and almost all of them were nice brown trout.

The stocked trout in Townsend are eager too.  And there are some large brood fish that were released this fall, some going over 20”. 

So, get out and fish!

We have a big Troutfest meeting this afternoon.  My work is in full swing right now, mainly marketing.  We’ll send everything to Hart Graphics Tuesday to be printed. I got an e-mail from Dave Chouinard at Simms.  Simms has never been to Troutfest.  But this year they are bringing a 40 foot motorhome/showroom all wrapped in Simms logos.  I went up to the Visitors Center last night and tried to figure out where we are going to put it. 

I also talked to Bob Clouser yesterday.  He is doing well and looking forward to Troutfest.  He has an extreme case of cabin fever.  I can see why, he lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  It’s been cold up there.  He told me he plans to start fishing 1 week per month.  I haven’t talked to Lefty in a while but Bob said he is doing great.  I think Lefty will be 86 when he comes to Troutfest this year.  I talked to Joe Humphreys just before Christmas.  He is anxious to get down here.  Joe loves Troutfest and all the people he gets to hang around with.  The dates are May 14th, 15th and 16th.  Put it on your calendar.  You don’t want to miss this one.

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

Byron Begley
January 17, 2010

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