Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 18, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  We got a little snow last night and light snow is falling now.  There was just enough to cover the ground.  The roads are fine here.  The highest mountains are obscured by fog or maybe snow.  Traffic is very light on the streets of Townsend.  It’s quiet.

There are several roads closed in the Park due to snow and ice.  Highway 441 from Cherokee to Gatlinburg is closed again.  Little River Road is closed today.  So is Laurel Creek Road to Cades Cove, Elkmont Road, Foothills Parkway and many others. 

If you want to go fishing around Townsend your only options are Little River through town and the Middle Prong of Little River.  You could do some walking on closed roads and fish the West Prong of Little River.  The trout are not going to be very active.  The stocked trout in Townsend might be willing to take a fly.  Try an olive Wooly Bugger.

Hey, we’ve got a heat wave coming our way.  Well, it will seem like one compared to what we have been experiencing lately.  The high Saturday is supposed to be 51 degrees.  They say Sunday will climb to 55 degrees.  That is getting more like normal.  What we need is some normality. 

Doug McFalls who is spending the winter at Mount Leconte is experiencing some extreme weather.  He measured 38 inches of snow this morning, the highest recorded this year.  He wrote on his blog this morning that the low last night was 5 degrees.  It warmed up to 7 degrees at daybreak.  You ought to read is blog.  CLICK HERE.

I’m going to spend the day in my warm office working on Troutfest today.  Sarah Weeks is coming by to help me.  Kris Maurer is going to help next week.  We are working on our largest, most time consuming marketing effort for the event.  We have identified over 80 stores in 7 states what sell fly fishing tackle.  We will call each one and make contact.  Then we’ll send them a 8.5” x 5.5” poster mounted in a plastic frame, a business card holder and 200 cards to drive their customers to the Troutfest website.  Everything is printed in full color.  We have special boxes, foam peanuts for padding and everything just sitting here.

But, we’ll have to find any new stores if there are any and delete stores that have closed.  I’m afraid the latter will be a longer list.  We will check the address when we call them.  We will also invite them to be a vendor and enclose a letter in each package doing that.  And last, we’ll ask for a donation for the Banquet.  We will make address labels, package everything and mail them. 

We tried this last year and our attendance doubled from the year before.  We are also going to do an e-mail blast and mail out some full color postcards. 

Troutfest is a fundraiser held in Townsend by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Most of the profit goes to Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Endowment.  We will use some money this year for youth aquatic education.  Our revenue last year was $59,360.  Our profit was $34,634.  We also got a TU Embrace A Stream grant for $10,000.  Troutfest is a lot of fun and the money goes for good causes.  Last year was my first to be Chairman of the event.  I volunteered to do it again this year.  I enjoy the work, the people and the results.  Visit our Troutfest Website by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
February 18, 2010 

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