Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 24, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is warm and windy this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  I briefly lost my cap down at the swinging bridge when I took the water temperature.  The river looks good but there is still some strong flow.  The discharge is 515 cubic feet per second (cfs) right now and normal for this date is 36 cfs.  The water temperature in town was 48 degrees.  We are all running around in shirt sleeves. 

Townsend was quiet this morning on my way to work. Frank, our policeman was sitting at one of the banks with his radar pointing at cars.  I drive slow, almost always under the speed limit in Townsend.  I bet all of our policemen talk about that.  Old Byron, he creeps along in town in that big dirty white truck.  That’s me.   

The wind is extreme.  Until it calms down I would not be in the forest.  I checked in on Doug McFalls’ Blog.  He is the caretaker at Mount Leconte Lodge which is situated at about 6,000 above the sea.  He said the wind up there was probably blowing at 50 miles per hour and the National Weather Service warned of gusts of 85 miles per hour.  Doug doesn’t have a TV, he’ll be listening to the games on his radio. 

We are going to get some rain today and tonight.  Then it is going to be cold again for a few days.  We may see some snow tomorrow. I guess it’s time to get out the goose down coat again.

There were a lot of fishermen out yesterday.  We were busy here.  John Thurman and Clayton Gist were tying yesterday at the shop.  A lot of anglers were out, but it didn’t seem that many were fishing.  So, they came to a Free Fly Tying Demonstration and learned a lot of new techniques.

Next Saturday Jack Gregory and Tim Ivey will be tying.  Jack lives here, I have fished with him a lot and I think he is the best fly fisherman I know.  Tim comes from Georgia.  He is a fly tying demonstrator and professional tyer.  You folks ought to be here next Saturday.  The demonstrations are free and they start at 10:00 am.  The tyers perform until 2:00 pm.

I know a lot of you will be watching football today and tonight.  I didn’t find out until yesterday who was playing today.  I’m not much of a fan.  Jack, Ross, Mike and Joe were talking about the players yesterday.  I felt like I was in one of those commercials where two guys are talking and the one listening can’t understand anything that is being said.  It was like a foreign language to me. 

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

Byron Begley
January 24, 2010

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