Townsend, Tennessee
October 27, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cool and raining this morning.  Fog obscures my view of the mountains though I could see them just a few minutes ago.  It is supposed to rain all day and night.  Then the rain will be back on Friday.  The days are getting shorter, leaves are falling and before we know it the mountains will be covered with snow.  We’re going to turn back our clocks Saturday night.  It’s almost time to winterize your boats and campers.  This summer went by fast.

Fishing is fine.  The water is a little on the chilly side.  It will warm up later this week and conditions for fishing in the Park will be perfect unless we get too much rain.  Nymphs or dry flies will work.  Patterns don’t matter as much as presentation.  You will find the water in the streams to be on the high side, especially for this time of year.  I like it that way.

This looks like an excellent day to catch a big ole brown trout.  Most of the local guys who hunt the browns would like to be on the water today.  It is overcast, there is light rain, snow might be better but the rain will do.  The water is clear enough to spot the trout and there will be some people out there trying to do it.  It’s not easy.  It takes patience. Sometimes Jack spends an hour getting into position to make that one cast.  You have to like doing that sort of thing. 

We were at a Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park party last night.  Of course, the subject of fishing came up a lot.  These were mostly local Blount County people, many who were born here.  I kept hearing one significant point that certainly is of importance to our business.  I heard how the rain and high water this year kept people from fishing, not just in the Park but all around our region.  And it’s true for me too.  I seems like every time Paula and I decided to go fishing it rained, the wind blew, the water turned brown or some weather related negative condition hampered our plans.  So, it’s nice to know it wasn’t just us.  I’m not complaining, I swore I would never complain about rain again after the drought over the past two years.  I’m just making a comment.

Another important statement I heard several times last night was the higher than expected surge in tourism in the Smokies this Fall.  Ken who runs the Great Smoky Mountains Institute was the first to mention it.  He and his family live at the point where pavement turns to gravel on the Middle Prong of the Little River road.  They have lived there as long as I have lived here.  What lucky people they are.  He said traffic has been heavy by the Institute.  One lodge manager’s father told me his son’s place is booked solid.  Business is good.  A retailer in Pigeon Forge said the same thing.  I’ve heard stories about a two-hour drive to Gatlinburg from Sevierville.  It’s true, people are starting to travel again at least for short distances.

It is time once again to work on the Little River Journal.  I’ll spend most of the week on that.  I’m trying to decide what to write about myself.  Then I’ll wait and see who sends me articles.  It is a fun time but the job is not an easy one.  But, when I think about the number of people we are reaching for almost no cost I think it’s worth it.  As soon as I finish this report I’ll begin.

It’s getting close to the time for hunters to be standing in the woods, clad in blaze orange hats and vests and toting high powered rifles.  In about three weeks gun deer season opens in Kentucky.  I’m not sure when it opens here.  Maybe it already has.  I’m not really a deer hunter but I go sometimes just to be with my friends.  I like that time of year when we sit in the cabin with the wood stove loaded and blazing.  One or two of the guys usually shoot a deer.  We stay up late, they go out before daybreak and I sleep in. I love deer hunting. I haven’t shot one since I was 15 years old.  But I love the hunt.

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

Byron Begley
October 27, 2009

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