Townsend, Tennessee

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It’s the night before again.  I just returned from a County Commission meeting tonight.  The amendment to our private act which increases the hotel/motel tax was ratified.  Herb Handly, Fred Forster and I have been working on this together for 18 months.  They have been on this for a lot longer than that.  I am happy to report that it is a “done deal”.  All we have to do now is write a check to the seller for $1.4 million and we’ll have ten acres of land in the prime location in Townsend, next to the Visitors Center that will not be developed, the view has been preserved and it will be used for tourism purposes.  I’m relieved.  This space will be green for a long time.  Whatever we do with it will be almost un-noticed during my lifetime. 

I didn’t have to speak to the Commission but I was ready.  It flew through with only two votes against.  The Chairman of our County Commission was also our auctioneer at Troutfest.  Steve Samples has supported this project from the beginning. 

Tomorrow I will be in Maryville meeting with people who have volunteered their time to create a new “think tank” called Tuckeleechee Tomorrow.  Four of us started the steering committee.  Fifteen people will serve.  All of them are big thinkers and they were picked for that reason.  I don’t know why they picked me. 

Little River is dropping as well as all streams in the Smokies.  That’s good.  We have had too much water and fishing has been difficult.  The water has warmed up which is good too.  We were busy at the shop yesterday which was surprising since this is a holiday week.  Business is usually slow until the weekend.  Anglers are on the streams.

Conditions are coming together for some good fishing.  I would not complain about too much rain after coming out of a drought but we have had much more than usual.  We are now reaching a normal flow in the streams.  Cool nights and days have lowered the water temperature and the trout have been sluggish.  Not now.  Conditions are perfect for fishing in the Smokies.  Memorial Day visitors are going to experience good fishing in the Smokies.

My pick for flies would be Parachute Adams, Royal Wulff (for brook trout), Yellow Parachute Adams, Neversink Caddis, Yellow Elk Hair Caddis and #16 Yellow Stimulators.  For nymphs I would choose Tellico Nymphs, Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymphs.  Now I can add the Green Weenie for sure.  They are working well.

The high elevation brook trout streams are fishing well.  Fish around Elkmont, Metcalf Bottoms, Middle Prong and West Prongs of Little River.  Fishing is going to be good anywhere you go.

I have an early meeting in Maryville so I’ll have to get going.  Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
May 22, 2009

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