Townsend, Tennessee
September 22, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy this morning.  I drove to the Gauge below the “Y” to get a reading and take the temperature.  The water is flowing very well and there is a little color which is great for fishing.  Fishing conditions are excellent.  The water may seem swift to some people especially in the East Prong of the Little River.  Watch your step.  But by all means go fishing today if you can.  The flow is 318 cubic feet per second below the “Y”.  Normal for this date is 80 cfs which is low flow.  To put the drought in perspective, on this date in 2007 the flow was 25 cubic feet per second.

The rain pretty much missed us yesterday.  We got a little in the gauge at the shop but I really could not measure it.  It must have hit the Little River watershed in the Park though.  The river is up from yesterday morning.  Rain chances are good today and fairly high through the weekend.  We don’t really need more rain. 

If you go fishing today you could do really well especially if you are seeking large trout.  The color of the water and higher flow will increase your odds.  I would fish large nymphs like a Prince or Girdle Bug.  Streamers would be a good choice today.  I would probably venture up around Elkmont or maybe high on the Middle Prong of the Little River. 

The U.S. Geological Survey buddy of mine was working on the gauge equipment again this morning.  We talked for a few minutes.  You can look at “Stream Info” to the left and see that the gauge appeared to be working the last few days and even part of the day yesterday.  Actually it is working.  It’s just not transmitting to the satellite then to the USGS website for that location.  What you see on the graph is what Terry loaded down manually yesterday afternoon.  He thinks he has it figured out and is installing new equipment.  And he promised me today they would turn on the water temperature graph on the website.  That will be great to have back. 

We are getting ready for Townsend Days this weekend.  I hope it doesn’t rain.  My job was to get the banners printed.  I picked them up yesterday.  Glenn, who works for the city, and I will hang them today.  I expect we’ll get about 20,000 visitors in town on Saturday.  The action starts Friday and runs through Sunday.  There will be a craft show at Nawger Knob.  The Railroad Museum will have some activities going on.  Old Timers Day and the festival will be held at the Visitors Center.  Expect a lot of bluegrass music, an antique tractor show, lots of demonstrations and food.  Also, check out the Heritage Center Museum.  What they do down there for Townsend Days is display an old farm complete with animals and people dressed in period clothing.  It is something to see.  You can enter the greased pig contest if you want to.  Some of the best horseshoe pitchers will be there competing.   A lot of people are working very hard to make this citywide festival the best ever.  I know it will be.  A lot of planning and details were worked out with the City of Townsend who is also a partner in this event. Here’s a link to the Visitors Center website about the event.  Below that is a PDF brochure that lists all the activities.

I met with Ronnie our Police Chief yesterday at his house.  We discussed the best way to rig and wire a fishing boat.  His is a lot like ours.  I looked at some of his GPS mapping equipment and he showed me a lot of good fishing spots on Tellico Lake.  It was a pleasant and productive meeting.  Oh, we talked about Townsend Days too.  Our Police Department and Fire Department will be very busy this weekend helping out. 

I picked up a bunch of printing at Hart Graphics yesterday.  It was boxes full of four different post cards we are mailing in our local market between now and Christmas.  Hart Graphics is a “Certified Green” printing company, the only one in our area. They have been audited and paid fees to get that certification from four different organizations.  Our proofs were e-mailed to the Forest Stewardship Council for approval.  Our printing job was approved and a number was assigned to it.  Then a logo with their website information was printed on the back of each postcard.  You can visit their website here:

By buying our printing from this certified company I feel confident they are doing everything possible to contain pollution, use soy based inks and recycled paper.


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

Byron Begley
September 22, 2009

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