Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  Light snow covers just about everything around here.  The snow last night was light but it stuck to the trees and ground.  I can barely see some of the mountains in the Great Smokies but those I can see have snow clinging to the trees.  It is overcast and fairly cool this morning.  Townsend is quiet, there was light traffic on my five minute commute to work.  I stopped at the Parkway Grocery and they were slow there too. 

Little River looked wonderful.  A guy was standing on one of the big rocks below the swinging bridge casting into the river using spinning tackle.  He had not caught anything yet.  I saw him there yesterday morning too.  The water temperature is 41 degrees, which is actually up one degree from yesterday.  Flow is 430 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 305 cfs. 

Fishing will be slow but the trout can be caught and this day looks to be a “big fish day”.  I’m saying that because those who love to fly fish during the winter like to pick the darkest days and snow falling is certainly a positive factor.  Snow is in the forecast almost every day for the next few.  Saturday is the only day that will be clear unless things change.

Nymphs and streamers should work best.  There is plenty of water so be careful.  Watch the roads in the Park and check to be sure they are open before you make the trip.  Call 865-436-1200 and follow the menu to road conditions.

I walked about three miles yesterday morning around town after I finished this report.  I stopped in the Talley Ho Inn to see Michael Talley.  He is 20 years younger than me and a new City Commissioner.  We have been good friends for years.  His mom, dad, brother and sister are also good friends of ours.  Michael and I walked, looked at the town and sort of planned for the future. 

We need professional help to plan the future here.  Those people are out there and willing to help us at no cost because they love our town so much.  One city staff planner from a major Tennessee city has offered to help.  A landscape architect and another architect who are both friends of mine have offered their services. None of these people live here. And I bet there are more.  I bet some professionals will contact me today as a result of this report.

I like holding town meetings.  It is good to see people show up and speak their peace.  I don’t mind conducting town meetings.  Usually, I enjoy it.  We have some very smart people living here and the more we encourage them to turn out to think and speak, the better off the planning process will be.  Our government should listen to the people.  We were elected or appointed by these people either directly or indirectly.  They are the boss.  They are much like customers here in the shop.

I begged a young lady who lives in Townsend to be on the Planning Commission.  She finally gave in.  She is a civil engineer specializing in transportation.  Now that is the kind of person we need on the Planning Commission.  We are moving forward.  We are not moving backward.

You should be here Saturday morning.  John Thurman and Clayton Gist are going to be giving a Free Fly Tying Demonstration starting at 10:00.  These guys are experts in my opinion.  And both have broad trout fishing experience in this part of the Country, the Mid-West and the West.  Both guys are very active with Trout Unlimited and belong to the Clinch River Chapter.  They are leaders in developing the new Trout Camp at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute.  The first one will be held this summer.  It is for kids only and funded by TU Chapters around the State.  They will tie between 10:00 and 2:00.  Just come by, watch and talk to them.  You will enjoy this very much.

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

Byron Begley
January 6, 2011

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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

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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