Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is snowing and 24 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The roads are fine.  We got a light dusting of snow last night.  The Smoky Mountains got more snow.  The peaks I can see from here are white.  It is a beautiful day.

Little River is flowing very strong.  Flow is 592 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 297 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:50 am was 41 degrees, down from 49 degrees yesterday morning.

It is going to be a cold weekend.  High temperatures are expected to be in the low 40’s with lows at night in the low 20’s.  It will be clear and sunny.

Fishing was good but it’s going to be slower now as the water temperature drops.  Ethan and Josh fished in the Park yesterday and did very well.  The only way they could catch trout is by bumping nymphs along the bottom.  Nothing else worked.  Josh said he was using several pieces of split shot to keep his flies down.  It paid off.  If you fish this weekend, do the same thing.  I don’t expect fishing to be very good but you might catch a few trout.  You will have to work hard for them. 

Walter Babb will be tying flies here tomorrow between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  This is a free fly tying demonstration.  Just show up.  I left a screen shot of the e-mail we sent out on Wednesday below this report.  The buttons don’t work.  It is just an image.  Show up tomorrow and support Walter.  We will have a great day.

I have been photographing fly rods for the online catalog.  I’m trying new techniques.  For the first time I have one of the flash units shooting straight down from above and the rods laid on the table.  Two other flash heads are lighting from the sides.  In the past I have stood the rod pieces on one end and taped them to a piece of fluorocarbon stretched above the table.  I have a large ladder now and the camera is mounted on a boom about 6 feet off the floor.  This is working well.  I have more rods to photograph today.

I talked to the marketing people at St. Croix and Winston yesterday.  St Croix is headquartered in Wisconsin.  He said they are getting some snow up there.  The lady at Winston told me they are needing snow in the worst way, I guess for the skiing business.  They got plenty of snow last year in the Rockies.  Winston Rod Company is located in Montana.  Snow skiing is big business in the Rockies.  Mild winters out there are a hit to the economy.

We are planning to hold a “Simms Sunday” on January 29th.  Dave Chouinard and the huge Simms motor home/showroom will be here. Dave will arrive Saturday night, weather permitting.  I will keep you posted on that.  You can see all the new Simms gear for 2012 which will be arriving in the stores soon.

We tried to hold a Townsend Planning Commission meeting last night.  Pat, Becky and I were the only three members there.  Our planner, the City Recorder and the Vice Mayor attended.  They are not on the Planning Commission. We did not have a quorum so we adjourned and went home. Two members had conflicts and one had ice covering her driveway.  She lives way up in the mountains. Joe, our professional planner has to drive over the Foothills Parkway to get here.  I bet he had a tough drive home.  Sleet was falling when we left City Hall at 6:30 pm.  There was not any pressing business on the agenda anyway.  We were going to work on a sidewalk plan.  We meet one night each month. 

I agreed to serve for one year about three years ago.  Actually I enjoy it.  I like the people and it is important work.  We have some very tight City Ordinances written to protect our town from over-exploitation of huge signs, bright lights and tall buildings.  We don’t allow billboards though there are about 7 that are grandfathered in.  We don’t allow signs with movement.  New lighting has to shine down to protect the sky at night from pollution.  Here, we see stars at night, clearly.  We think it is important to keep that view.

We want our town to remain “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies” for you and for us.

Have a great day and thank you for being here today.

Byron Begley
January 13, 2012

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