Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 23 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The air is clear and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in clear view from here.  It is overcast though and it should be mostly cloudy today.  Traffic was light this morning.

The mountains are still covered with snow and the white stuff is still clinging to trees on many of the slopes.  It looks really pretty out there this morning.  

I’m glad it is going to warm up.  That will be a nice change.  Maybe the fishing will improve too.  The water temperature will warm some by the weekend.  The high temperature on New Years Day is predicted to be 58 degrees. 

Flow in the Little River is currently 214 cubic feet per second compared to normal at 317 cfs.  There is still plenty of water but right now it is flowing below normal.  The rain this week will change that. 

The brown trout in the Smokies are still hungry after enduring their Fall spawn.  Last year some of my buddies fished the day after new years and did well.  It was much colder last year.  The water will be warmer this weekend.  I bet they go fishing again and do well.  These guys are good fishermen and know how to score in the Winter.  They will be using nymphs and streamers.  I will be here working.

Visitation to the National Park is up this year despite a huge drop in November.  The increase through November is 1.7%.  November was a nasty month with lots of rain and cloudy days.  You can read the story HERE on the KnoxNews website.

Weather has hurt our business in December.  We were up in November which seems strange since Park visitation was down.  We have experienced extremely cold temperatures and a lot of snow.  I was at City Hall yesterday talking to our Maintenance Supervisor who lives up the road from us.  At his house the low yesterday was 4 degrees.  Our thermometer reported 8 degrees.  My truck said the same thing.

Most preliminary data indicate that holiday spending in America was up and brisk this year.  That is good news and I can’t wait to see the final numbers.  It appears Americans are more confident in the economy and loosening up.  The markets are looking good too.  The DJIA is up 21% from July.  We need confidence and we seem to be getting it.  I have a feeling next year is going to be a good one in many sectors. 

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

Byron Begley
December 29, 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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