Townsend, Tennessee
December 17, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny but cold.  The temperature this morning is 24 degrees.  The frost is heavy.  It is going to warm up some today but winter is upon us and the conditions will be winter-like soon.  We will probably get some snow this weekend.  We love snow.  When these mountains turn white they are spectacular. 

Little River looks good.  There is still plenty of flow and the water temperature is 40 degrees in the valley, colder than that in the mountains.  Any local, experienced and truth-telling Smokies angler will tell you, “When the water temperature dips to 40 degrees the fishing will be slow”.  So, keeping that in mind I would say, the fishing is slow.  The hiking is good.  You can see things you would never see during the Spring or Summer.  If we get the predicted snow the photography will be good.  Winter scenes of Smokies streams are something to see and save. 

If you do go fishing you will probably do best with a nymph, weighted and fished deep.  I’ve caught trout when the water is this cold but don’t count on a lot of numbers.  I would consider fishing the stocked water right here in town.  The water is warmer down here and the stocked trout don’t seem to mind the cold water as much as the wild mountain fish do.  If you fish Little River in town, try small wooly buggers, either olive or black.

Well, the merchandise is coming in and going out fast.  Business has been very good.  The new Chota “Caney Fork” wading boots are here.  We’ve been waiting for them.  We have several orders pending for those wading boots.  They are going to be a big seller this year.

Of course, Fishpond is hot right now.  Fishpond gear sells well during the Holidays.  Fishpond makes something for everyone.  Their offering is huge and we probably have at least one of everything in the store unless something is not yet available.  We can re-order and have more products here in a couple of days if we run out.  Their distribution center is in Kansas.  If we call and need something we get it quick.  Their service is excellent.  I talked to one of the owners the other day and told them we are having another Fishpond Christmas.

I read this in the Wall Street Journal this morning.  Remember when Hyundai offered to take back a car sold to a person who lost their job during the first year?  And later the company offered to make three car payments for the owner if they lost their job. Hyundai’s sales are up 6.2% through November compared to the same period a year earlier.  This promotion was a great success.  But, here is the interesting “rest of the story”.  The company took back less than 200 cars.  Now that was a brilliant marketing move by the Hyundai.  Why didn’t I think of that?

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

Byron Begley
December 17, 2009

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