Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 20, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  I am writing this report Friday night.  On my way home from work the traffic was heavy.  I’m guessing people are looking at the weather reports, seeing the first beautiful weekend in a long time, and decided to come to Townsend.  I’ll tell you, businesses in our town could use a big dose of tourism right now.  Hopefully we’re getting it. 

You won’t see the current water temperature today.  What you will see is yesterday’s temperature.  The rainfall numbers will be off  “year to date”.  The Cow Standing Factor is not accurate.  I don’t think the website visitor number will be right.  I’m going to be checking that so early the server will still be counting. 

I’m at the University of Tennessee Hospital having some cardiovascular testing done.  No, I didn’t have a heart attack.  I didn’t even have chest pain.  Paula, me, and a few of our friends are going in for some kind of “Heart Awareness Day” event at UT.  The hospital is running a lot of tests, including ultrasound to check for artery blockages and all kinds of other testing for around $100.  Evidently they do this every year.  I’m not going to pass up a deal like this!  And, if something is going on in there I want to know now instead of waiting for the big one.  My mother died of a heart attack when she was 3 years older than I am now.  My father had bypass surgery and a heart valve replacement in his lifetime.  So to me, this is a no-brainer.

Anglers are catching trout in Little River through town.  They are stockers but this is a place to fish right now.  Fishing should improve in the Park this weekend.  The water is going to be warming up.  Next week will be chilly so don’t expect big hatches of Quill Gordons.  TVA is giving us a few breaks now that the lakes have settled down from all the rain we have had. Fishing is getting better. 

At the shop we have a fly tying class going on with Walter Babb and Brian Courtney teaching.  Those classes are about over for the winter.

Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr. will be tying today.  It’s free. .  They will start at 10:00 am and tie until 2:00 pm. Just come on by, watch and enjoy. Or, go fishing somewhere.  Believe me, I wish I were fishing instead of hanging around this hospital. 

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

Byron Begley
February 20, 2010

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