Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  The sun is shining and the temperature is 23 degrees.  It will warm up into the 40’s today.  We are all sick of snow around here.  Soon, it will be gone.  Today I was driving down our “ramp of death” to Old Cades Cove road.  I did not slip once.  What a great way to start the day. 

All of the roads around here are fine.  Glen, our city maintenance person did a wonderful job keeping our roads in town in good shape.  They are all free of ice and snow.  I walked about four miles yesterday.  I was walking errands.  I was wishing I lived in the city limits last week. 

Fishing activity is at a very low state right now.  But, anglers are planning to fish again.  Ethan and Will are going to float the South Holston next week.  Customer activity has picked up here again.  We have six students in our fly tying class today and I expect a good turnout for Hugh Hartsell’s Free Fly Tying Demonstration that will begin at 10:00 this morning.

I can hear the church bells from across the street.  It is opening time.

If you go fishing in the Park you are going to encounter some cold water.  Levels have been fluctuating over the past 24 hours due to snow melt.  But now, the flow in Little River is 208 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 284 cfs.  I’m still not taking the water temperature at the swinging bridge.  On yesterday’s walk I noticed my usual entry to the river was still solid ice. 

It looks like we are going to have some rain Monday night and Tuesday.  It is going to be warmer too.  Highs will be near 50 degrees during the day.  We’ll see the streams warm up some and hopefully the levels will rise. 

Be sure to check out our schedule for the Free Fly Tying Demonstrations by CLICKING HERE.  Next Saturday my buddy Jack Gregory will be tying.  Count on that being a learning experience.  Jack is the best fly fisherman I’ve ever fished with. 

If you are on the Troutfest Committee remember we have our first meeting of the year tomorrow at 2:00.  Troutfest is 4 months away.  I’m behind on my Troutfest work and will probably stay that way.  This right-of-way problem with the Department of Transportation has caused our town to face what is probably the worst overall crisis since it’s founding.  I agreed to handle the problem with TDOT.  It is taking more time than I could have imagined.  We think this will take two years to resolve.’

The bottle bill will be on the Blount County Commission agenda next week.  Trout Unlimited in Tennessee is supporting this bill which is currently in the state legislature and on hold.  The bottle bill would add 5 cents to a bottle or canned beverage.  That money would be returned to anyone who delivers the container to a recycle center. 

Other states have this law and the litter along highways and rivers has been reduced drastically.  You should read about this by CLICKING HERE.  We are trying to get all county governments to write resolutions supporting the bottle bill.  Bill Gwinn and I will address the County Commission here next week.  I live in this county and know many of the commissioners.  Bill is the expert on the bottle bill and will speak to them about it.  Bill lives in Knox County.

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

Byron Begley
January 15, 2011

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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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