Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 24, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  We are overcast again and it is getting colder in Townsend, Tennessee.  The birds are busy fishing and hunting.  I noticed a Blue Heron standing on a rock in Little River where I take the water temperature every morning.  He didn’t pay any attention to me.  He was watching for fish.  Then I drove my truck toward the store and a red tailed hawk was perched on a power line watching a field for food.  Crows are on the ground searching.  I wonder if they know what is coming.  The pressure will be low and we will probably get some snow tonight and tomorrow.  I wonder.

Little River looks good.  There were not many people in the shop yesterday.  Kris Maurer helped me with some Troutfest advertising.  He left here about 3:00 and headed into the Park to fish.  I don’t know how he fared. 

It is going to be very cold so the water temperature will drop tonight and for the next few days.  The weekend looks to be sunny and a little warmer.

If you go fishing you have a couple of advantages in your favor.  There is no sunshine and the water level is perfect.  And maybe the trout, like the herons, hawks and crows will be looking for food.  I noticed a couple of tailwaters that had decent generation schedules for today. 

The Corps of Engineers and TVA are running a lot of water through Wolf Creek Dam.  Discharges are running around 27,800 cubic feet per second.  The water in Lake Cumberland is still ten feet above the intended level.  The lake has been lowered to repair the dam.  It just isn’t low enough so they keep pouring water into the tailwater and a lot of it.

A warming trend is going to be welcomed into our region next week.  It is about time.  It looks like we’ll see high temperatures in the 50’s March 3rd, 4th and 5th.  March can be Spring-like or it can fool you.  I remember when we had 30 inches of snow in the valley in March back in the early 90’s.  In the Park the snow accumulation was 4 feet.  I hope that doesn’t happen again.

But, right now next week is looking better.

I exchanged e-mails yesterday with Bill Reed and Rick Pope.  Bill is the director of wholesale for Orvis.  He is pushing the buttons to get some substantial funding for Troutfest.  Bill will be at Troutfest with a large crew of guides and of course, Robert who is our Regional Business Manager.  Rick Pope owns Temple Fork.  He’s excited about Troutfest too.  He is bringing Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser to town.  He, his wife and some of the Temple Fork staff will be here too.  This event is coming together.  It’s going to be big. 

Click on the Troutfest image below to visit the website.  If you want to order banquet tickets online you can go to the “Banquet” menu and choose “Buy Tickets”.  That will take you to our website.  We are running the banquet ticket sales through our website because ours is encrypted and safe for transmitting credit card information.  Your charges will be deposited in the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s account.

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

Byron Begley
February 24, 2010

Respond to:  

Home - Contact Us - About Us - Fishing Report - Online Catalog - Message Board - Sitemap