Townsend, Tennessee
September 3, 2009

Well, I’ve never done this before.  Daniel is off tomorrow.  I’m writing the fishing report this evening and loading it up on our server.  I’m leaving the house at 6:30 in the morning to go fishing with Walter and Brian.  When I say today I’m talking about the 3rd.  If I say yesterday I am referring to the 2nd.  I’m sure I’ll get this mixed up.  The website visitor numbers, flow and some other numbers are for September 1st or 2nd.  Sound confusing? I am. Here goes.

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is dark this morning in Townsend, Tennessee (I’m acting like it is 5:00 am).  Little River probably looks beautiful.  It did last night when I went home.  Townsend was buzzing with activity yesterday.  The Park was re-dedicated.  And, President Obama did not attend. 

All those helicopters turned out to be looking for pot.  State and local police do this every year and they set up in the lot across from our shop.  There was a U.S. Army Helicopter that you can see in yesterday’s report.  And there were two other Tennessee State Police helicopters.  A large crew of police with pickup trucks and ATVs were on hand to harvest the crops.  I stopped to talk to them last night on my way home.  They had not found anything.  Evidently, the drug is so cheap when imported from Mexico, local growers have gone out of business or they are too lazy to grow it as one policeman told me.  They will be here a few days and they will probably find some.  But, years ago they found a lot more. 

What they find is burned in Ronnie’s side yard.  Ronnie is our Police Chief.  He lives about a block from the shop.  I attended the bonfire last year by chance.  I was riding my bike and stopped to check it out.   

Fishing is pretty good.  I talked to a couple of anglers yesterday who saw some action.  One man said the trout were hitting but he was missing.  I have those days.  He was using a beetle pattern which was an excellent choice. Since I’m going fishing today it will probably rain.  The National Weather Service says there is a 20% chance but I forgot to tell them I was going fishing. 

It is going to cool off some and fishing can only improve.  There is not much of a chance for rain for the next few days.  Though Little River is flowing above normal that won’t last too long without some rain.

The Little River Journal went out yesterday.  In it are some ads for new books that have just recently been released.  One is Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to A Pursuit of Passion” by Jim Casada.  This is a great book.  It is available in hardbound and softbound.  The book contains 440 pages.  It is thick and heavy. 

Jim has been fly fishing in the Park for over 50 years. And I think this book has been in the works for about that long.  We received 24 copies on Thursday and sold out.  We got more in yesterday.  You can check them out on our Online Catalog under the “Books” category.  We are still living up to our business model and one of its important components, “Free Ground Shipping”.  They are not cheap to ship but “We love to eat shipping and handling.”  Go online, call us toll free at 877-448-3474 or local 865-448-9459 and we’ll send you either one, soft or hard.  Or, stop by the store.

I probably won’t be thinking about work to much today.  I’ll be in Paula’s boat with Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  We probably won’t catch anything.  The laughing will scare the fish away. 

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

Byron Begley
September 3, 2009 

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