Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is 59 degrees this morning.  A warm front blew in here during the night with high wind.  Rain just started a few minutes ago.  Traffic is light in town.  There isn’t much going on here.  This is quiet time in the Smoky Mountains. 

Little River is looking good today.  Flow is 340 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 258 cfs.  The water temperature was 44 degrees at 8:00 am.  That is 4 degrees warmer than yesterday morning.  That number will increase today.  We have a 90% chance for showers today and rainfall amounts my be around ¾” by tomorrow morning. 

The warm rain and overcast skies will be favorable for fishing today.  Fishing will improve.  There is one problem though, wind.  Gusts up to 30 miles per hour are possible.  If you go fishing watch out for falling branches and trees.  I believe I would tie flies today and stay out of the forest. 

If you do venture out, use nymphs fished deep and on the bottom.  Or, try dry flies, specifically Blue Wing Olive patterns.  A small Parachute Adams might work too.  They look like a BWO.  Gary came in yesterday.  He had been fishing Little River through town.  He said he caught 4 rainbows, the largest being 18”.  The stocked water through Townsend has been fishing well this winter, especially during that warm period we had recently.  Today might be a good day to fish down here on Little River. 

Clayton Gist and Tim Doyle will be tying flies at the shop on Saturday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Just come on by, the demonstrations are free.  They are both great guys with lots of varied fly fishing experience.  Both are guides too.  You will most likely find Clayton fishing on the tailwaters, especially the Clinch River.  He is a big fan of the San Juan River in New Mexico too.  He travels there often.  You will most likely find Tim fishing anywhere.  He fishes in the Park, the lakes and tailwaters.  Saturday will be another fun day at Little River Outfitters.  Check our Saturday Free Fly Tying Demonstration schedule by CLICKING HERE

Yesterday was busy with phone calls and visits from local business people.  I got a couple of Troutfest phone calls yesterday too. Most of the business owners in town are friends and we stay in contact often.  This is a small resort and tourism destination.  For the most part, we get along great and work together.  I moved here 20 years ago from a large city.

Especially during the winter, just going to the grocery store is an encounter with 10 or 15 people you know.  I will be in a small Chamber of Commerce meeting today.  I will know everyone there in a group of 20 or so folks.  I know just about every person who owns a business in Townsend.  I moved here because of the mountains and the fly fishing.  I love this place more now because of the people. 

Most of us like to plan and solve problems in a positive way.  Many of us have close ties with the City and County governments.  In a community this small, if you are a person who does community volunteer work, you get to know the civic and government leaders well.

In this community your opinion counts.  People listen. People are concerned about other people.  We try our best to help each other.  We don’t always agree.  If we all agreed, with no debate we would be living in a box where nothing gets done.  People here are not afraid to express their opinions in public.  I have been to a lot of public meetings and expressed my opinion and never worried about what other people thought about me.  And, I listen to what people have to say and try to see their side of the debate. 

Many of my friends were born here and have lived here all their lives.  Many of their families date back to when the Appalachians were settled.  These are fine folks.  They inherited traditional values, which include helping your neighbors.  I realized early on that was something important to do here.  Most people here still live that way.  Other friends of mine are transplants like me.  If you prove that you are not a trouble maker, you get accepted by the others.

People who live in this community know how to rally together and get big things done for the common good of all.  I like being part of that and try to do my share.

Moving here was a huge life-changing event for me in many ways.  I am glad I made that choice when I was 39 years old so I can enjoy this small town rural lifestyle for a long time.  It may not be for everyone but it suits me well. 

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

Byron Begley
January 17, 2012 

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