Townsend, Tennessee
December 26, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cold this morning, 28 degrees.  Fog is present in the low elevations.  I’m at home and I can see the peak of Rich Mountain but nothing below it.  The fog will be gone soon and the sun will be shining and warming the Smokies.  I did drive into town this morning to check the water temperature which was 43 degrees.  Little River is rolling from the rain and melting snow.  The gauge reading is 3.97 feet or 1,370 cubic feet per second.  That is not good for fly fishing in most of the streams if they are anything like Little River is this morning. 

Wading will be dangerous in most streams.  If you go today, try Anthony Creek in Cades Cove in and upstream from the Picnic Area.  That is just a suggestion, I haven’t been up there to look at it.  You could stand on the bank and roll cast big nymphs or streamers and you might catch a trout in some of the larger streams.  But overall, this is not a good day to go fly fishing in the Smokies, at least not around here.

This high water comes at a bad time for visitors.  We have a lot of people here for the Holidays and many hoped to go fly fishing.  I hate that for them.  Go hiking.  This is a great time of year for that.  I would hike up Lynn Camp Prong. 

We are about to finish up another year.  Hasn’t it been an interesting one?  Almost everyone who owns a business says it has been a bad year for them.  Hardest hit in our area is the construction business both commercial and homes.  Banks are struggling.  They make money by lending money to people building homes and commercial buildings.  One bright spot in our County is automotive parts producer Denzo which employs over 2,000 people if I remember correctly.  They are going full bore.  I talked to a guy who works there this week and he said they are working overtime and sometimes on Saturdays.  That would indicate to me that automobile manufacturing is going to pick up.   I could be wrong.  Well, maybe not.  I just checked the Wall Street Journal.  On the front page is a story titled “Auto Suppliers Turn Around”.  In the article it says General Motors is paying back $140 million of the $290 million loaned to them by the U.S. Government.  That’s good news.

If the rest of this month goes like the first three weeks we’ll have a great December.  However, year to date we will end the year down a little from last year. 

I hope you all had a great Christmas Holiday even though for most of you it is not over yet. 

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

Byron Begley
December 26, 2009 

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