Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy, dark, 38 degrees and lightly raining in Townsend this morning. Human activity is light, at least it is outdoors.  The streets are quiet. 

Little River is flowing at a rate of 370 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 316 cfs.  The water temperature was 42 degrees at the swinging bridge earlier.  We are going to see that water warm up over the next few days if the weather forecast holds true.  Lows at night are going to be in the 40’s for the next three evenings.  The rain will be warm. 

Fishing is going to get better.  Between now and the end of January the day and night temperatures are going to be warm.  I am really excited about this.  The days are getting noticeably longer too.  Spring is getting closer.  Anticipation is building. 

Nymphs will probably work best in the Park for now.  As the water warms you should encounter more fish activity and possibly more aquatic insects.  Blue wing olives could hatch at any time so be ready.

Paula and I are planning our Spring fishing vacation.  We always go somewhere and my buddy for the past 54 years, Frank joins us for a couple of nights.  We are thinking about going to Townsend, Tennessee for our vacation this year.  It is a great place to be, the fishing opportunities are incredible and we have a cabin there.  We can take the boat to several different lakes to fish for trout, smallmouth bass, bluegill, carp or stripers.  We can float lower Little River in our Kayaks and fish for smallies.  We might use our canoe one day.  We can fish in the Park for trout.  We can float a tailwater or two.  We can take our cat on vacation for the first time.  And the drive would be very short. 

I made a mistake yesterday in the Fishing Report.  I announced that David Knapp would be tying at the shop on Sunday, January 29th.  Actually he will be tying in February.  Sorry.  Clayton Gist and Tim Doyle will be tying tomorrow.  It’s Free.  Just show up.  They will start at 10:00 am and tie until 2:00 pm.

Tim Doyle just called. He is sick and won't be able to tie tomorrow.

Everyone is talking about who will run for City Council this Fall.  I heard yesterday that one of our Commissioners resigned Tuesday night.  I talked to a local resident last night about running for office.  He brought up a point I never thought about.  City Commissioners here are paid $1 per day, $365 per year.  I think that was the original salary when our town was chartered in 1921.  It has never been raised.  I wonder how many towns our size only pay their officials $1 per day. 

I am on the Planning Commission and that is a non-paying job. I take that money and do nothing with it.  I wonder if raising the salary for a City Commissioner to something like $250 per month might be a good thing.  The problem is, if the Council gave themselves a raise, everyone would be talking about it.  Most people would not see that as a positive move.  I can see the headlines in the papers and websites right now.  That would probably be perceived as self-serving when in the long run it might be best for the citizens.  That is something to think about. 

If the official did not need the money they could donate it or refuse it.  I think our Governor, Bill Haslam refused his salary.  But some very talented people might need the money and be more likely to serve if they were paid something more than $1 per day.  We have some great City Commissioner now.  They are certainly not doing it for the money. 

Maybe the citizens should give them a raise. 

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

Byron Begley
January 20, 2012

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