Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is cloudy and warm this morning.  We have had some light rain off and on since daybreak.  We must have had more overnight.  Our rain gauge indicated right at ½”.  Traffic is light and activity in town is low. 

Little River is up from yesterday.  The water is warmer too, 41 degrees in town.  Flow is currently 361 cubic feet per second which compares exactly to median flow for this date of 361 cfs.  Spring is not here yet.  Rain today will probably change to snow according to the National Weather Service.  The valley could get 1” to 3” of snow and more than that in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Right now the higher peaks are blocked from my view by fog.  It may be snowing up there right now.  It is going to be cold for a couple of days then the weather looks great for the weekend, sunny and highs in the low 50’s. 

For those who go fishing today in the Park, plan on using nymphs and pinch on some split shot.  Try nymphs with rubber legs.  They seem to be working better lately.  The trout are not very active and that extra movement might encourage them to strike.  We all love that.  Fishing in the stocked water through town should improve by the weekend.  Fishing in the Park should improve too.  I expect to see a lot of anglers out on Saturday and Sunday.

Our City Government has a lot going after the first of the month.  The Mayor and I are meeting with our State Senator, Doug Overbey.  He is going to help us interpret some state laws that deal with the conveyance of surplus land to private individuals.  Doug has been extremely helpful to us.  He has also helped me on other projects.  That guy is smart.  He has been a good friend to me.

We will hold our monthly planning commission meeting on the second Tuesday in February.  I added the topic of pedestrian mobility to the agenda and I’m going to keep it there until we come up with a short term, mid-term and long term plan.  I think we will continue to see fuel prices rise and they may be really up there this summer.  Prosperity in our valley is dependent on tourism.  Tourism is dependent on fuel costs.  Motor homes and large trucks are used by campers.  They drink fuel.  Our economy is partially based on camping and this potential fuel cost worries us.

The city commissioners will begin deliberating publicly on their recommendations to TDOT about how they want to see our right-of-way encroachments settled.  This has to be done in public meetings due to the sunshine law.  Elected officials can’t deliberate privately in Tennessee.  That makes it hard for a small government like ours.  Basically, the city officials are volunteers.  We all have real jobs.  Our mayor and city commissioners are paid $1 per day.  I think that salary has been the same since the early 1900’s.  I don’t hear any complaints though.  I don’t get paid anything.  I was appointed by the Mayor.  I work hard though and I often hear that my city salary will be doubled due to my extra effort.  What is two times zero?

The Down Jones Industrial Average will probably rise over 12000 today. Futures trading overnight indicate that the market will rise.  The close yesterday was close.  The President commented on cutting corporate taxes last night.  The markets like to hear that.  I’m watching the numbers now.  The Dow is up a little.

Saturday will be a good one to be here for a while watching the Boyds present a free fly tying demonstration.  Then, after the water gets warmer you can go fishing in the Park.  It is at least going to feel like Spring.  That is, it will feel that way compared to what we are used to.

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

Byron Begley
January 26, 2011

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Our fly tying classes will be offered in January and February 2011.   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


Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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