Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 9, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  A front is moving in and clouds are flying by my window view.  The wind is strong making loud noises as it blows by the building.  Rain and snow are moving into our valley.  Traffic was heavy this morning.  I saw at least 30 cars on my way to work.  Lately, on a weekday I can usually count them on one hand. 

Little River looked good and the level is dropping for now.  The flow is 652 cubic feet per second (cfs) which is high but you should have been here a few days ago when it was raging.  Normal for this date is 283 cfs.  The water temperature is 43 degrees in town.  The water is clear.

More rain, which we’ll probably get may push the level back up.  If you want to go fishing watch out for the high water and wind.  Falling limbs and trees can make for a bad day of fishing.  Casting accuracy is pretty tough during a 20 mile per hour gust.  If you do go, try big nymphs and streamers.  Don’t try to wade much in the larger streams.  The powerful and cold water could cause a number of terrible things to happen.  Play it safe. 

I’m fighting off cabin fever by tying flies.  I’m getting ready for Spring which I hope is just around the corner.  Right now I’m tying black wooly buggers in three different weights.  I have some without any wire at all.  They have a black head.  I tied some with .015 wire, which is kind of a medium weight.  They have chartreuse heads.  Then I have some that are heavier using .025 wire wrapped around the hook shank.  They have red heads. 

There is something about a red head on a black fly.  I don’t know if fish actually key in on that small red wrapping of thread or maybe it’s the fact that the flies I tie are heavier.  Maybe it’s both.  My goal over the next few weeks is to tie enough wooly buggers to last all year.

I'm already tired of February and we’ve still got a lot of it left.  I think it was Jim Casada who said something like, February only has 28 days and it’s a good thing because most of us couldn’t take any more if it.  What is nice is when Spring (or the weather equivalent) actually arrives in February.  We all love February then.  The way things are going this year, it doesn’t seem likely.  Oh well.

Daniel told me yesterday that a lot of our mail orders are coming from California lately.  Why is that?  I don’t know.  Maybe people are fishing in California.

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

Byron Begley
February 9, 2010

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