Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 23, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.     It is overcast, foggy and fairly warm in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The mountains are blocked by the fog in the upper elevations.  There was quite a bit of traffic on the main highway this morning. Quite a few people were going to the mountains.  We are getting a break again today.  We don’t expect rain until tonight, it will be warm and sunny today.  Rain will return tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night.

Little River is still rolling fast and strong.  It didn’t drop much since yesterday morning.  Snow was still melting way up high in the mountains though it is probably all gone now.  Flow in Little River is currently 627 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 305 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge in town was 44 degrees, two degrees cooler than yesterday morning.

The rivers are swift so be careful wading.  Don’t take any chances.  Stay close to the bank.  Fishing will be fairly good if you can get a streamer down to the trout in the swift water.  Try a heavy Clouser Minnow or any streamer that is heavily weighted.  Clamp on some split shot in front of the fly on the tippet if you are not getting the fly down.

I mentioned the other day that I wondered if someone was staying on Mount Leconte this winter.  Well, someone is.  His name is Doug McFalls.  His home for the winter is at 6,000 feet above sea level on top of this high peak.  Doug endures cold temperatures and lot of snow.  He has a solar panel that provides enough electricity to power his computer and he is using a wireless connection.  Yes, he has a website.

He updates his blog every day and includes some great photographs.  If you have not found Doug’s blog you can link to it HERE.  You should check this out.  I sent him an e-mail yesterday. 

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

Byron Begley
January 23, 2010


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