Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 27, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day in Townsend, Tennessee.  It’s kind of cold though, 29 degrees. I was taking the water temperature this morning and a goose flew right over my head.  I don’t think I have been that close to a honking goose.  They are loud! 

Little River looks good but there is a lot of flow.  The rate of flow is 797 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 323 cfs.  Big difference, huh?  The water is getting colder too.  This morning it was 40 degrees.  Just a few days ago the water temperature was 48 degrees.  Big difference, huh?

This morning a truck was spraying liquid ice melting chemicals on the main highway.  Are they expecting something?  Yep, we are probably going to have a winter storm hit on Friday or maybe tomorrow night.  The Weather Service is talking about heavy snow.  They are not saying how much yet but the chance for snow Friday night is 100%. 

The streams are swift and cold.  If you go fishing be careful.  I would use streamers, heavily weighted and fished deep.  A big nymph might work too.  If you plan on fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park go today or tomorrow.  It is very likely the Park will be closed Friday and Saturday, maybe Sunday too.  That has happened often this winter. 

We worked at City Hall last night on the proposed new Bed and Breakfast to be built where the wedding chapel now stands.  Steve, Janice and their architect were there along with me, the Mayor, our Building Inspector, City Recorder and the Board of Zoning Appeals members.  The wedding chapel will be partially torn down.  That’s kind of sad.  Paula and I were married there.

That location was also used by the Townsend Lumber Company 80+ years ago.  That’s where the company store was located.  It is a perfect location for a store and a bed and breakfast for that matter.  The property there is flatter than a pancake.  And, during our big 100 year flood in the early 90’s, Little River did not cover that property.  Much of Townsend suffered a devastating blow during that flood.  The wedding chapel stood high and dry.  I guess during the logging days the company store stayed dry too.  It’s a good spot to invest a lot of money in a building.

Jack Gregory and Tim Ivey are supposed to be tying flies at the shop on Saturday.  This demonstration is free, just show up and enjoy these two exceptional fly tyers.  Tim lives in Georgia.  If we get the snow storm they are talking about, I doubt if he will be here.  And, the whole thing could be called off.  Stay tuned to this report and you can find out.

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

Byron Begley
January 27, 2010

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