Townsend, Tennessee
October 31, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The wind has been blowing strong since yesterday.  Last evening about an hour before dark I was down in the field by the barn.  The wind was roaring.  Leaves were blowing across the horizon, hundreds of them.  They littered the grass and forest floor.  And the wind is stronger this morning.  It is early and I’m at home working on the Little River Journal.  It is just past dawn and I walked out on the front porch.  Rain is now falling and the temperature is 64 degrees.  That is expected to drop today.  It will probably rain all day.  They say we’ll get about ½”.   

We are under a wind advisory in the mountains.  The wind is expected to blow between 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 mph. This is not going to be a great day to go fishing anywhere in East Tennessee.  You could get out and search for big browns.  Should you find one try a nymph.  Sneak up on them and make your cast.  The leaves on the water surface and below will be a problem for you.  You will hang a few.

Tomorrow looks good, mostly sunny with a high of 60.  I believe I would go then.

The lakes will be white capping today.  Paula and I launched the boat yesterday after watching the water for a while.  A deer hunter drove up in his boat and took it out.  He told me the lake was white capping about 2 miles away. He said it was too windy to deer hunt.  We started out at a slow speed into the wind.  The wind picked up.  All of a sudden the lake was white capping where we were.  The wind pushed the bow from side to side.  I decided to turn around and head back to the launch.  Paula was thrilled with that decision. 

Going back was fine.  The wind was behind us and we were moving faster than the gusts.  We hit waves but steering was easy.  At the dock we waited for a while.  Things got worse.  We pulled out the boat and talked to people at the ramp parking lot for about an hour.  The forecast yesterday called for 10 to 15 mph wind out of the South with gusts to 25 mph.  I’ll keep those numbers in my mind for future use.

I have been invited on a wild boar hunt in Georgia.  We are going in February.  My host will be one of our sales representatives, James Buice.  His new released book “Southeast’s Best Fly Fishing” is really good and it has been selling well for us.  James is a great guy and I’m looking forward to hunting with he and his pals.  The hunting camp has a walk in refrigerator.  They hang the hogs in it to be picked up by a local charity that feeds poor people. They take care of the skinning and butchering.  I ate some fresh wild boar on our hunt two weeks ago.  It was excellent.

Tourism appears to be very good this fall.  Paula and I noticed the leaf colors were more vivid yesterday at the higher elevations.  It won’t be long until the leaves are gone and gone will be the visitors.  Tourism can be fairly good at times between leaf season and Spring.  Weekdays are slow.  Holidays are busy.  Our mail order business keeps us going.  I’ll overhaul our website again this winter.  Then we’ll wait for the Quill Gordons to hatch.  Will it be February or March?  Who knows.

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

Byron Begley
October 31, 2009  


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