Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 3, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  I can see the mountains again.  They were blocked all day yesterday by fog.  It is overcast right now and 37 degrees.  There is a little activity around town but not much.  Those who track tourism in our area report that business is slow and down from last year.  I believe it.

Yesterday was strange.  Large birds that were hard to identify flew by my window all day.  They were usually in small groups but sometimes as many as twenty flew by.  They looked like buzzards but didn’t fly in circles, catching the wind.  They were always in a direct flight, moving their wings a few times then coasting.  I saw 100 or maybe 200 of them.  The same birds could have been flying in one direction by my window then flying by in the other direction later.  I don’t know.  I have seen several this morning.  Daniel and I watched them using binoculars.  We finally agreed they were turkey vultures.

Little River looks good, it is higher than normal but the water is clear and 42 degrees.  The flow is currently 581 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 343 cfs.

Fishing will be best using streamers or large nymphs.  You probably won’t catch a lot of fish but you have a good chance at a large one.  The water is cold and flowing strong so be careful. 

One of our fly fishing brothers, Staff Sgt. Rusty Christian was killed in Afghanistan last week.  Rusty was in the U.S. Army Special Forces.  His brother, Aaron is a frequent poster on the Message Board.  Both Arron and Rusty grew up fly fishing in the Smokies.  Our hearts and prayers pour out to this fine American, his family and friends.  He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

All of the Troutfest printing will be delivered to the shop today.  By the weekend we will begin taking orders for banquet tickets.  You can order them online through our website or call us and we’ll mail them to you.  This year we are going to sell 400 tickets at $50 each.  They will probably sell out.

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

Byron Begley
February 3, 2010

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