Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It looks like we made it through the snow storm.  Everyone made it to work today for the first time since Sunday.  I’ve been here of course.  I would walk if I had to.  There is quite a bit of traffic on the roads and they are clear.  That posed a problem for me on my way to work.  My truck was locked in four wheel drive low range.  My top speed is about 20 miles per hour.  I finally got it into high range so I can drive faster now.  I noticed that the airport is reporting 1” of snow on the ground.  We have several inches here. 

I don’t know about the fishing.  I don’t know anyone who went in the past two days except one guy and he said it was slow.  We have had a lot of fishermen in the store, mostly local people who just come here to meet and talk about fishing.  We are all tired of talking about it and want to go fishing in the worst way. 

The brown trout are still out where they can be seen and probably caught during the day.  Bill saw a big one on the Middle Prong yesterday.  He was hiking, not fishing.  He tried to sneak up to the fish to get a closer look.  It spotted Bill and took off.  Bill was wearing dark pants and a camo jacket.  The water is clear and cold.  They can spot anything right now.

Hugh Hartsell will be tying here Saturday for your enjoyment.  The tying demonstration is free and starts at 10:00 am.  Hugh will tie until 2:00 pm.  He’s a good guy and excellent fly fishing guide, instructor and fly tyer.  His patterns are his own.  Hugh developed them for our region.  You can see who is tying each Saturday through February by CLICKING HERE.

The weather looks much better over the next few days.  There is a small chance for a wintry mix Saturday and Sunday and a better chance on Monday.  But, the highs during the day will be in the 40’s so we’ll be OK.

I’m going to order a few hundred pounds of ice melt today.  Bill wants 80 pounds and I’ll keep the rest of it at the store and in my truck.  I don’t ever want to be in this situation again, sliding down to Old Cades Cove Road from our private road.  I talked to one neighbor about what chemicals to use.  He is in the road clearing business.  He said the best combination is urea and rock salt mixed.  I looked that up online and decided against it.  That combination is cheap but the effects on the environment are not good.  Just a few hundred feet below our concrete slab is Short Creek, which runs through our property and into Little River. 

So, I found a mixture that is supposed to be safe.  It is called Ice Melt and sold by Uline, one of our suppliers.  A 40 pound pail costs around $20 if bought in larger quantities.  They say this stuff won’t harm trees or grass.  I don’t know what is in it yet but I’ll find out. 

We are holding a Townsend Planning Commission meeting tonight.  I’m Chairman.  I did not really want that job but the other commissioners nominated me and voted so I guess I’ll be Chairman for a while.  After we take care of business tonight, we will get a one hour training session on FEMA and flood insurance.  We build everything here FEMA compliant and landowners living in the flood plain can buy flood insurance.  But, the regulations keep changing and we need to stay informed.

Townsend uses the services of the State of Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development for professional help in planning.  We have a planner assigned to us and he has a masters degree in planning.  He attends every meeting we hold and keeps us legal.  We are required to have several hours of training every year.  Last month I stopped the training because we had a lot of citizens at the meeting hoping to hear more about our Department of Transportation problem. But tonight, the training will occur no matter who or how many people are there in the audience. We are also going to review a site plan for a local artist who wants to add on to a building.  Sometime today I’m going down to look at his property. 

I hope you can be here tomorrow.  Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
January 13, 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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