Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was 64 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee this morning at 8:15 am.  It is cloudy but I can see the Smoky Mountains clearly from here.  The water temperature in town was 52 degrees earlier.  Townsend is busy.  Visitors are here in big numbers.  I talked to Scott Newvine who owns Bearly Rustic Cabin Rentals yesterday.  He said he had only one small cabin available for the holiday.  Business is good.  People are traveling again.  Prosperity returns to our town.

We have a mean looking line of rain and storms headed our way today.  I would still go fishing if I could.  Today looks great.  Depending on the amount of rain we get tomorrow should be good too.  There is more rain in the forecast Thursday then it is going to be colder this weekend.  But, with all the cloud cover over the next few days, warm temperatures, some rain, heck, I couldn’t think of a better scenario for an angler looking to fish in the Smokies.  I guess a big quill gordon hatch in March might be better. 

I would start with nymphs and probably stick with them all day.  I’ve been mentioning Girdle Bugs lately and all of a sudden we’re out of them.  Daniel ordered more yesterday.  I have used Girdle Bugs as an attractor nymph for trout, bass and salmon.  People around here had not used them much until lately.  Some did and do.  All they are is a black chenille body with white rubber legs sticking out of the back, front and sides.  For some reason the fishermen in Michigan make the legs short.  Here, we make them long.  Wrap the long hook with lead free wire.  It is one of the easiest flies to tie and it is killer for large trout everywhere. 

Our Town Hall Transportation Meeting went great last night.  We discussed a lot of options important to the future of Townsend.  We did a lot of thinking out of the box.  We were trying to decide how much of the State right-of-way should be saved for our town’s public use. 

I stood in front of the crowd on the floor in our auditorium at City Hall and led the meeting.  Sheila, our City Recorder was on the stage writing down our ideas on a large pad.  We had plenty of them.  One idea that seems to be very popular is, “slowing down the traffic” and making our town look more like a town.  Pedestrian mobility is of utmost importance to our future by most of the citizen’s opinions. 

Right now our right-of-way includes sidewalks, a bicycle trail, picnic areas, electric power, buried water lines and fiber optic cable, drainage, cable for TV, internet and phones and parking for visitors.  We have two underground tunnels for pedestrians and bicyclists.  We also have a beautiful greenway.

What will the future bring?  That’s the big question.  We may at some point install or hook up to a sewer system.  Right now there are some small sand filtration systems but mostly there are tanks and drain fields used for sewage disposal.  Someday, if we do slow down the traffic we could have on-street parking, bicycle lanes, more pedestrian and handicap mobility and crosswalks whereby you can go from the south side to the north side of our road without getting killed. 

We might have our overhead utilities buried.  Imagine what Townsend would look like without power poles and wires.  We could have more picnic areas.  Future transportation solutions might include mass transit, electric cars with charging stations, areas to wait for transportation that are covered and have benches inside.  I bet we get more fiber optic lines underground on the North and South side of the main highway.  I can see more “street trees” and “street furniture”.  I bet we get natural gas at some point.  Natural gas might be essential for transportation into the National Park.  I don’t know how it will happen or what the infrastructure would look like but some day soon, we’ll probably have free high speed wireless internet throughout our town and our Country.

I could see the wheels turning last night.  I think there might have been 75 or more citizens who attended the meeting.  It looked like a hundred to me but I always forget to count. I knew almost everyone there.  This is the first time that I can remember holding public meetings this large without some big thing happening and a crowd that is as calm as what we’ve been seeing in the last two meetings.

I met a young bright woman who also happens to be a civil engineer last night.  Her specialty is public transportation.  I am going to contact her today.  I’m hoping she will serve on our planning commission.  Of course she will have to agree and so will the Mayor. I’m going to try.

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

Byron Begley
November 23, 2010


Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
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


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