Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The air is clear and it is fairly cold, 29 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was very light on my commute.  Steve’s Parkway Grocery was even absent of customers which is rare.  People are staying home this morning.  The flock of crows that always cover the ground around the shop were here this morning.  And, a red tail hawk flew over the crows, sort of checking them out.  It is good to see the hawk back at the shop.  He has been hanging around here all winter. 

Little River was flowing at 440 cubic feet per second (cfs) at 7:45 am.  Median flow for this date is 283 cfs.  The water temperature is 39 degrees.  The sun will shine today and that might warm the water up some.  But tonight, the low temperature will be around 25 degrees.  Fishing will probably be slow today and tomorrow, then get better on Tuesday.  A warm front will move through then. 

I worked at home yesterday because of this darned cold I have.  I spent the day working on the website.  I don’t have any idea who went fishing yesterday or how they did.  Paula and Daniel said we were busy at the shop.  There was a good crowd here to watch Walter tie flies.  Wish I could have been here. 

If you do go fishing this today or tomorrow, use nymphs.  Get them down on the bottom.  The trout will be lethargic due to the cold water.  They won’t move far to grab a meal.  Use plenty of split shot.  The water levels are pretty high right now so be careful wading.  I have never fallen into 40 degree water so it is hard to imagine what that is like.  I hope that never happens.

All of a sudden, people are buying large tracts of commercial property in Townsend.  They are getting a good deal too.  Two of the large properties were owned by people who live outside the state.  They were developers who got into financial trouble.  Those properties were both bought by people who live in our County.  I am glad about that.  I’m in favor of local ownership.  I know one of the families pretty well.  They bought the shopping center across the street from our store.  I like them and know they won’t do anything to mess up our town. 

We bought this lot after the developer’s financial troubles sent it back to the original owner. We got a good deal.  Land prices skyrocketed here during the early 2000’s.  Now land is more reasonable.  And it is selling again. 

I am hopeful for a better economy this year.  Our business community could use a good year.

There is talk about forming a Townsend Business Association.  I have not checked my e-mail but I think there will be a meeting Monday night.  My hope is, this group would work with the Blount Chamber, Visitors Bureau and governments as partners.  That is what I’m going to advocate.  If we work together we can get things done.  That is the only way to have positive accomplishments.  We seem to be getting there.  It appears there is a desire to start a new era of teaming up and becoming involved. 

When the economy is great, businesses owners focus on their internal affairs.  When the economy worsens, we think about partnering and innovation.  This is going to be a good thing.

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

Byron Begley
January 15, 2012

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