Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It’s kind of chilly in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  I can see Great Smoky Mountains National Park clearly.  This is a beautiful day in the East Tennessee mountains.  There is some traffic in town.  Yesterday was very busy at our store.  We had a full fly tying class and Mike Adams was doing a free fly tying demonstration downstairs.  So, lots of people were getting out on a sunny day and visiting their local fly shop.  That pleases me.

Yesterday was a little windy here for fishing.  Today should be fine.  The flow in Little River is good and a little stronger than normal.  Flow this morning is 397 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 339 cfs.  The water temperature in town was 41 degrees at 8:30 am. 

The water temperature in the Park will be cooler of course, colder the further upstream you go.  Fishing won’t be great but you can catch some trout on nymphs or streamers.  Since there are not any football games to watch today I bet there will be a lot of people out on the streams.  Oh, the Super Bowl will be played tonight.  Maybe there won’t be a lot of people fishing. 

I spent all day yesterday, like I do on most Saturdays talking to anglers.  We talk about fishing around here from opening to closing and sometimes past closing time.  That’s what we do.  That’s why we like our jobs here.  But I’ve got to tell you, my feet hurt on Saturday nights.  We hardly ever sit down and we’re always trying to be attentive to customers needs.  That can be hard when there are only four or five of us working in the shop and the customer count is many times more than that at times.  Yesterday there were 8 of us here most of the day if you include instructors and Mike who was tying flies.  Walter and Brian stayed with their 8 students almost all day.  This class finished earlier than any beginner fly tying class in the history of our school.  I guess they all caught on quick. 

The Tennessee State Council of Trout Unlimited decided to adopt and push forward the proposed “bottle bill” that has been tossed around in the state legislature for quite some time.  Marge Davis, a bright woman from Mt. Juliet is heading the organization that is trying to get the bill passed.  The organization is called “Pride of Place” or POP.  The basis of the bill is to charge a refundable deposit on beverage containers.  The deposit would be 5 cents and it would get passed along, collected and refunded by many organizations and business until the container ends up being recycled.  Funding to run the operation would be provided by the deposit of those containers that are actually not redeemed. 

This sounded like a great idea to me.  I agreed to help TU urge our County Commission to write a resolution supporting the bill.  We were on the agenda in January.  The more I checked, the more people I talked to who are opposed to this bill.  I could not understand why.  I asked that the proposed resolution be removed from the County Commission agenda in January so we could learn more about the opposition.  The resolution is back on the agenda this month, the third Thursday.  I will be meeting with two County Commissioners and our County Mayor on Tuesday afternoon.  I can take the temperature there.  This is a tourism meeting.

I called Keep Blount Beautiful and found a couple of good reasons why people in our county might be against the bill.  It appeared that funding from the current litter tax might not be distributed back to our county.  Those funds help Keep Blount Beautiful with their projects and help cover costs of the Sheriff Department’s roadway littler crews.  I live in an area that is kept clean by the Sheriff Department.  Now, all of a sudden I’m not so favorable to the bottle bill either.  I have exchanged e-mail with Charlene DeSha who is the director of Keep Blount Beautiful several times.  Charlene is another bright lady who has done an excellent job with KBB. 

Anyway, I asked Marge at POP to meet with Charlene at KBB and try to hammer out some wording and come to a compromise.  Marge said she would love to do that and she agreed with me that cutting funding to KBB and the Sheriff Department would be “non-negotiable”.  She asked me to forward her thoughts to Charlene and that they should meet.  I bet they do.

There may be other objections to this bill that I don’t know about yet. But, I’m looking forward to the County Commission meeting on the 17th.  And, I hope KBB and POP can come to an agreement they can both live with.  “Living with” is essential wording that defines a consensus.  We’ll see what happens.  By the way, our store will be the Townsend drop off for litter in the big Keep Blount Beautiful cleanup in April.  I really like KBB and I like Charlene.  And, though I don’t know Marge yet, I’m like’n her too.

There are a couple of things I’ve learned over the past 59 years.  Although we may all be standing on common ground, “there is always more than meets the eye” and “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. I must admit that I have never actually skinned a cat in my life. Probably never will. 

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

Byron Begley
February 6, 2011


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Our fly tying classes will be offered in January and February 2011.   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


Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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