Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Snow fell last night in Townsend, Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The snowfall was light but what fell clung to the trees.  The mountains are white in the higher elevations and the lower hills are a blend of white and brown.  At our house I measured about an inch.  The airport reports .8 inches.  It is pretty and the roads are fine.  The clouds are giving way to sunshine but the temperature is 24 degrees now.  That should rise to the high 30’s today.  The snow will be gone soon in the valley.  There is no expected snow or ice for the next few days.  It is going to be very cold tonight, 18 degrees, then warm up this weekend.

Many of the roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed right now.  You can view the new Twitter Road Report by CLICKING HERE.  You won’t be able to get on the Little River Road or drive to Cades Cove right now.  Newfound Gap road is closed too. 

I stopped to get the water temperature but thought better of myself and decided not to walk or climb down to the river.  I’m guessing the water temperature is close to the mid 30’s.  Trout will be sluggish and the water will be even colder in the Park.  So, fishing should be slow up there.  The tailwaters should be fishing fine.  If you do go fishing in the Park wait a while.  Or walk in.  If you dress warm and don’t fall in the stream or river it should be a very enjoyable experience.  I would use nymphs with a lot of weight.  It is going to be really pretty up there and you won’t see many people.  Be careful getting down to the water.  I found some ice under the snow this morning.  You could bust your butt or worse. 

I have been searching the internet, talking to people and learning all I can about the proposed Tennessee Bottle Bill.  The bill would effectively place a 5 cent, redeemable deposit on bottles and cans.  Trout Unlimited in our state has pledged support of the bill.  It all sounds great to me but I must admit there is some very strong resistance out there.  Those opposing the bill make some compelling arguments.  As with any proposal to change a law there are two sides.  I’m trying to talk to those opposed to the bill and find out why.  Some of our County Commissioners are in favor of a resolution supporting the bill.  Some are not.  I have spoken to Keep Blount Beautiful about it.  They have some differences with the bill and other solutions to our litter problems.  So, I’m going to keep digging.  I have friends in the grocery business and I’m looking forward to talking to them.  I’ve read that around 80% of Tennesseans support the bill.

We have a planning commission meeting tonight.  I asked our State planner to add “pedestrian mobility” to our agenda tonight and keep it there for a while.  I want to see us work on this project, develop a plan and seek funding for it.  This is something that can benefit all residents and visitors to Townsend.  Basically I believe we can improve pedestrian and handicap transportation by lighting crosswalks at street intersections and building crosswalks from one side of our main highway to the other.  Right now, crossing highway 321 during the tourist season is dangerous and limited to our underground pedestrian tunnels.  I like the tunnels but there does not seem to be enough of them in my view.  We’ll see what the other planning commissioners have to say. 

This is one topic that I believe we have 100% support.  That does not happen often in government.  This is a positive thing at least for now.

Troutfest Banquet tickets are on sale now.  You can get all the information below.

My buddy, Brian Courtney is tying at the shop Saturday.  He will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  This is a free demonstration for you.  Just show up, sit down, learn and enjoy.  I’ve been on several fishing trips with Brian.  He’s a good guy, exceptional fly tyer and angler.  You will learn a lot from him. 

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

Byron Begley
February 10, 2011 

2011 Tennessee Trout Unlimited Summer Camp

Tennessee TU is sponsoring a week-long summer aquatic biology and trout fishing camp at Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont. The camp will be held Monday, June 20 - Saturday, June 25 and is for middle school-age boys and girls. Cost of the camp is $465. Go to TU Clinch River Chapter website, for more information and an application.  Applications are due March 1st.  This is an opportunity of a lifetime for young people.


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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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