Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining in Townsend, Tennessee and on Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It is cold as heck though, 24 degrees.  Our town is active this morning.  I saw lots of cars driving around.  Most of them are visitors.  They were not familiar.  But at the Parkway Grocery Phillips 66 the lot was packed with local people.  It is Christmas Eve, many people are off today and traveling to their holiday destinations.  In many cases, that destination is Townsend.

We had a lot of people in the shop yesterday.  We had it covered.  There were four of us working.  We usually max out at five staffers on busy days.  Paula and I are here alone and we’ll close the shop at noon.  Everyone else is off today.  We will be closed tomorrow too.

Little River looked fine.  There is plenty of flow, 352 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 261 cfs.  But the water temperature in town was 37 degrees at 8:30.  The trout will be sluggish for a while.  It is going to warm up and fishing may get a little better this afternoon.  But for now, they will have a severe case of lockjaw.  If you do go fishing, use nymphs or streamers.

It looks like we will get some snow starting late tonight.  And it will continue through Sunday.  The National Weather Service predicts the snow will be light, maybe around 2” over the next two days.  That’s OK.  It will be a white Christmas, probably.  You can never say for sure.

This afternoon I will be shooting skeet and spending time with friends.  We’ll have a big meal too.  I am a lousy shot.  Even though I will be wearing contacts I still have trouble hitting those clay birds.  I use a 20 gauge over & under and I always blame the light load for my missed shots.  Then Drew knocks the birds out of the air with a .410.  Maybe I need to shoot more. 

Tomorrow my lazy backside will be sitting at home playing with the toys that Santa brought.  What I would really like to see is “Peace on Earth”.  I would give up that new flat screen TV and a lot more for that in a heartbeat.  And what about that scumbag that runs the country of North Korea?  He is cruising for a bruising. 

For those of you who celebrate Christmas have a very merry one.  Let’s not forget why we have this celebration.  And, to our young men and women serving our Country in those awful places, God be with you and I hope you can come home soon.

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for being here for us.

Byron Begley
December 24, 2010


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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying

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