Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 11, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 40 degrees in our little town.  Traffic is brisk, we have quite a few visitors.  Last night when I drove home there were more cars on the roads than I’ve seen in a while.  People are traveling again.

Little River is looking good right now.  The flow would be considered high for some anglers.  For others, it is perfect.  Flow is on the high side compared to normal.  Currently the river is flushing water at a rate of 406 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 316 cfs.  The water temperature is 50 degrees in town.

This is perfect streamer water especially in the East Prong of Little River.  The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited held the annual river cleanup yesterday.  After that they had a cookout.  The guys who hunt big browns were anxious to get the meal over with so they could go fishing.  Seeing the water this high was about all they could take.  This is their kind of flow. Jack didn’t go fishing.  He came by here instead and mentioned something about mowing grass.  He said it was hard to leave the river when it was just perfect for his kind of fishing.

Other anglers reported fairly good fishing yesterday using dry flies and nymphs.  During the afternoon the air temperature here rose to the low 70’s and fishing picked up.  We are going to have 70+ degree days for the next week.  Lows should be in the 50’s.  That will be perfect, just what we want.  The chance for rain is 0% every day except a 10% chance next Saturday.  Of course, that could change.

If you are targeting big fish use minnow streamer patterns.  I you are just fishing for action use dry flies and a nymph dropper.  I would probably use a larger gray mayfly imitation like a Quill Gordon or Parachute Adams with a Bead Head Pheasant Tail trailing behind.  If that doesn’t work try different flies and fish different water.  Be aware of insects on the water especially if trout are rising to them.  Afternoons should be best when the water is warmer.  Anglers seem to be catching more brown trout this year.  Maybe the usually wary browns are getting dumber or the anglers are getting smarter. 

The Cades Cove Loop Road is finished.  It will be opened to the public on April 24th, almost a month ahead of schedule.  Here’s a good article in the MARYVILLE DAILY TIMES.  I’m looking forward to going up there on a weekday.

There is a rumor in town that was verified by our Mayor yesterday.  They say the Family Dollar Store is closing next Saturday.  According to the rumor mill, the company who built and own the property and buildings will be foreclosed on.  The property consists of the store, a laundry and a car wash.  The people at the store told Pat they were losing their lease and being thrown out by the bank holding the mortgage.

Now, this may not be true.  Frankly I don’t see how a lender can evict a tenant who holds a valid lease.  Family Dollar owns over 6,000 stores.  I’m sure their legal department knows how to write and negotiate leases.  Maybe there is a bankruptcy clause in the lease.  I looked at Family Dollar’s numbers on the Wall Street Journal website. They are doing well.  No financial problems there.  This one baffles me. And why would a bank foreclose on a property then kick the tenants out?  It seems to me a rented building is worth more than a vacant building.  Maybe they have already found a buyer/user.

We are getting a new restaurant.  It is located in the building on the river formerly called Dead Beat Pete’s.  Workers have been busy for weeks remodeling the building.  I hope it works.  Trailhead Steak House will now be managed by Tim Bird and Tee Culp.  Tim owns the building and founded the steak house.  It has been remodeled, it looks great to me and it should open in May.

Steve and Janice Fillmore, who own the Lily Barn, Miss Lily’s Restaurant and the wedding chapel got the go ahead from the City to tear down the chapel and build a new 20 room lodge on the river.  I’ve seen the plans.  This is going to be nice! 

It appears businesses in Townsend or most of them survived the worst recession since the great depression. Technically we have been out of recession for months.  But consumer spending lagged a little.  That appears to be strong again in many sectors of the economy.

What we should see next is improvement in the jobs situation.  When people start buying people start working. Corporate earnings reports for the last quarter will tell us an interesting story next week.  The Dow Jones Industrial’s reports start tomorrow afternoon after the closing of the markets with Alcoa.  Other companies will follow over the next few days.

We need to sell some Troutfest Banquet Tickets to make us feel better. I don't know why but most people, including me have not bought theirs yet. You can buy them online by clicking HERE. Or call 865-448-9459 and we'll send them to you.

We could also use some more volunteers. If you are interested in helping send an e-mail to RONNIE BECKER our Volunteer Coordinator. Please include your t-shirt size. You will be getting a special Troutfest Volunteer T. You can sign up for 4 hours. Your volunteer time is counted as Park Service Fisheries volunteer time. Those hours are leveraged to obtain matching funds. Pretty slick huh?

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

Byron Begley
April 11, 2010
 

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