Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 31, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The mountains are snow white.  A frozen mist fell last night and clung to the trees.  The Smoky Mountains are beautiful.  Traffic in town is almost non-existent.  I might have seen two or three cars on my way to work.  The back roads are slick in spots.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is essentially closed due to ice and snow.  I spent probably an hour sprinkling Ice Melt on our parking lot this morning.  Though it is still in the 20’s right now, it is supposed to warm up to 39 degrees with plenty of sunshine today so the ice will melt soon.

Little River looked good.  The water temperature was 39 degrees this morning.  The flow is still high, 531 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 289 cfs.  Precipitation at the Airport stands at 6.21 inches so far this year.  Normal is 4.57 inches.

Jack was the only person I talked to who went fishing yesterday in the Park.  He said he didn’t see anyone else fishing.  The only option in this area was the Middle Prong of the Little River.  Roads kept anglers out of the other streams.  Jack said he caught several rainbows but no browns.  I’m sure he was using streamers but I didn’t ask. 

Later today the Park may open some roads.  I saw a Park Service salt truck (I doubt if they use salt) drive through town this morning.  I’m sure they are working on the roads or at least some of them.

Daniel and I are the only two folks working today.  I better get this report finished in case he needs me downstairs.

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

Byron Begley
January 31, 2010

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