Townsend, Tennessee
November 28, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and it is cold.  The temperature was 27 degrees when I left the house this morning.  Heavy frost is covering almost everything.  This is the first hard freeze and thick frost we have had since last winter.  Traffic is light right now on the streets.  I guess visitors are sleeping in or taking their time getting out and about.  I don’t blame them.  I came in at 8:00.  This is part of my plan to have the Fishing Report up by 9:00 am.  I wrote the bottom part of this report last night but what you are reading now is “real time”. 

Little River is lower and today it is below normal for the first time in a long time.  It’s not that the water today is unusually low.  Normal for today is unusually high.  Look at the stream gauge and you will see what I mean.  The water temperature is 43 degrees.  I would wait until later to go fishing.

Drew Delashmit is tying at the shop today.  He will begin at 10:00 am and tie until 2:00 pm.  Drew is a fly fishing guide in Key West, Florida.  He is a great tyer and angler, also an excellent guide.  It’s Free, just show up this morning.  Drew is a nice guy with a lot of passion and talent for this sport.

Fishing was slower yesterday in the Park.  I talked to some people who caught a few trout but the action was not terrific.  Little River in town fished better.   The river has been stocked and the trout are feeding well.  For some reason the stocked trout don’t mind the colder water.  A bunch of guys were here yesterday on their way to fish the Delayed Harvest water in Gatlinburg.  I bet they did well.  Also, the Catch and Release Section in Cherokee, North Carolina is fishing well.  There have been some nice brookies caught there. 

I would try nymphs in the Park today.  A Tellico, Prince or Pheasant Tail is what I would choose.  You might want to add some weight and get your fly or flies down.  The trout will be found in the slower water but they will be easier to catch if there is some choppy water above them.  They won’t see you as easily.  In the stocked water in Townsend try an Olive Wooly Bugger.  That always seems to work.

Business is back at the shop at least for now.  With a good day today, we’ll double last year’s awful week.  Hopefully that trend will continue.  Someone asked me why we didn’t have a Black Friday Sale.  I guess we could.  We would need to have sales reps come in early next Spring and show us next Fall’s clothing selection.  We would order it in March.  Then, when it came in we would discount it down to our cost and sell it for no profit.  I know that works for the big stores but they are buying it cheaper than we are.  Maybe it would work for us.  You can’t count on making a profit on that merchandise and we would have to sell it all.  I don’t think we have deep enough pockets to take that risk but big store pressure does have a way of changing things.  Maybe we will have to stay small and hopefully stay alive in our changing business world.  And, it could be that we’ll start having big after Thanksgiving discounts to attract customers. Who knows what the future will bring?

Yesterday was a little sad.  I covered our boat for the winter.  Before that I hooked up the hose and ran the engine for a few minutes.  It was great to hear her run.  I thought about all the fun Paula and I had in her this summer.  I thought about the times I spent fishing with Jack, Brian and Walter.  This is probably it for the year.  My plan is to start the engine every week this winter.  I put an additive in the fuel so there wouldn’t be any problems in the Spring.  I talked to John Bennett from Bowling Green, Kentucky and he suggested I start her at least every other week.

Another year is almost gone.  I’m looking forward to Spring now.  I can’t wait to slide that boat off the trailer and into the lake, then fire up the engine. 

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

Byron Begley
November 28, 2009  

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