Townsend, Tennessee
December 23, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The fog is beginning to lift already.  Though Townsend is quiet right now, visitors arriving for the Christmas Holiday will be here soon.  People will be running all their last minute errands.  People are traveling, many heading for the mountains for a Smoky Mountain Christmas.  We’ll see some today, a few in the morning then plenty of folks on Saturday. 

Little River looked wonderful this morning.  There is plenty of flow and the temperature is still 41 degrees in town.  It has been that temperature in the mornings for a few days.  The flow is 370 cubic feet per second which is above normal for this date.  Daytime temperatures in the low 50’s will melt some of the snow in the mountains.  Rain will begin tomorrow. Melting snow may bring down the water temperature.

Fishing has been decent.  Quite a few large trout have been caught in the Park, mostly browns.  Those trout were probably stalked.  You will do best with large weighted nymphs and streamers.  Find a fish, get into position carefully and make the right cast the first time.  Don’t fall in.  The water is cold.

After the rain is over we will see temperatures drop by the weekend.  We might even get some snow.

My friend, Rusty Gates passed away this week.  He and his wife Julie have owned and managed Gates Au Sable Lodge in Grayling, Michigan for a long time.  Rusty grew up on the Au Sable.  He loved that river.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, once they have been there.  Rusty worked tirelessly to protect the watershed.  I’m going to miss Rusty.  He was a good man.  His funeral will be held today at 1:00 in Grayling. 

Here is a link to his Fishing Report with more information about him and the lodge.

If you want to take a fishing vacation at a great place, go to Gates Au Sable Lodge.  I highly recommend it.

I better get to work.

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

Byron Begley
December 23, 2009

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