Townsend, Tennessee
August 23, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The mountains are barely visible this morning.  Fog above the ground is thick.  It is cloudy and we have had 1.4 inches of rain in the past two days.  We got .45” at the shop last night.  It was just a small isolated storm.  Little River is flowing very well.  It is fishable and you can wade but there is plenty of current so be careful.  Right now the flow is 291 cubic feet per second.  Yesterday the river peaked at 440 cfs.  Normal for this date is 106 cfs and the 44 year low for the day was 27 during the drought of 2007.

There is some color in the water in town.  That’s good for fishing.  Yesterday the rivers were muddy.  The Middle Prong of the Little River dropped yesterday afternoon and Glenn did well there.  Wendy went up to Anthony Creek near the Cove to fish.  That is a good place to go when the water is high.  She had a great day of fishing up there.  Today will be better.

The water temperature dropped to 65 degrees in town.  You will find water much cooler than that in the Park.  The higher up you go the cooler the water will be. 

I would try terrestrial dry patterns.  A beetle would be a good choice.  Also a small foam Chernoble Ant might work.  Drop a Green Weenie off that.  Or fish a Green Weenie with weight in the deeper runs.  I know that will catch some trout.  Try large nymphs or streamers in the larger water. We are going to have some cool nights for a few days.  Fishing is going to get even better.  This has been a great year for fishing in the Smokies.  This has been a great year to be in the Smokies.

Business is getting good again.  We have had two consecutive solid months.  I’m hearing it everywhere except in the home and commercial construction businesses.  I communicate with a lot of business people mainly due to serving on the Chamber of Commerce board.  Through that connection I have met many people in this region who in some way deal with business. 

I got a call from Fred Forster on Friday who runs the Blount Partnership which includes the Chamber, Chamber Foundation, Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Industrial Board.  The Chamber nominating committee picked me again to serve as Chair of Tourism and Travel Council  in 2010.  That means I’ll work closely with the Visitors Bureau and the Chamber for another year.  Of course I said yes.  I would not miss that opportunity for anything.  Next year will be my 5th year to serve in that position. It is and has been an honor.  

I started thinking about what I would like to see the Tourism and Travel Council do next year.  We spent the last year working on raising $1.4 million to buy the 10 acres next to the Visitors Center.  That took a lot of time.  Fred Forster, Herb Handly and I worked together as a team to get that done.  We spent a year on it, sometimes 10 hours per week.  Sometimes more than that. 

Last week we held a seminar for business people in Townsend and Walland.  The seminar was led by our marketing agency, The Tombras Group.  We had a great turnout and it was an eye opener for me.  I learned about social networking online and how to prepare for the future of mobile internet access.  People accessing the internet using mobile devices is getting ready to explode and will surpass access by PCs soon. Knowing that bit of information is priceless.

I would like to see the Tourism and Travel Council hold a lot more seminars led by people in the marketing business.  We could teach those who are interested to design their own mailing pieces.  We could show our tourism Chamber members how to design an effective website using Adobe software just like we do this site.  I know people who would come in and do seminars on graphic design, what looks good and what looks bad.  I have friends who could teach seminars about search engine optimization.  I could even lead some of the seminars myself.  I bet a lot of people don’t know how to maintain a customer list and mail to their customer base using bulk mail. Helping our tourism members market their own business would probably be the best thing I could hope to accomplish next year. 

And, I could get it all done for free.  The Heritage Center has the perfect room with seating for 200 and all the AV equipment you could ask for.

This Fall the Chamber Board will get together and we will all present our “Program of Work”.  I’ve got mine.  But I don’t want to wait until 2010 to start and I won’t.  I’ll start making calls tomorrow to line up presenters.  This will be fun.

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

Byron Begley
August 23, 2009 


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