Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sky is a little overcast in Townsend, Tennessee.  It is cool this morning, 32 degrees.  The high today should be around 60 degrees.  Traffic is light as you would expect in the middle of February.  The tourism business here gets a little spike on Valentines weekend if it falls on a weekend.  This year, in case you forgot, it was yesterday.  I hope you did not forget.

Little River looks low and it is getting that way.  Right now the flow is 198 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 317 cfs.  The water temperature is inching up every morning, degree by degree.  This morning my thermometer indicated 40 degrees.  I need to check the temperature late in the day as we warm up for Spring.  Afternoon temperatures are a better indication of fishing improvement.  This time of year and early in the Spring, anglers tend to fish later in the day after the water has warmed.  Fishing could be slow in the mornings then turn on later in the day.

Right now, I would use nymphs but I might try some dry flies late.  The days are getting longer and fishing after work is a possibility now.  That will become a better possibility in exactly one month when the time changes and we spring forward.  That date will be March 13th this year.  I’m looking forward to that.

Travis Reynolds is tying at the shop on Saturday.  He is a very avid fly fisherman and tyer.  His insight into our sport can be found all over our message board.  He has been an excellent contributor for a long time.  He will be tying from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm.  Travis also ties at Troutfest.  So, come on by Saturday.  It’s free and you will learn some new techniques if you have not seen him tie flies.

Tonight I will turn over my recommendation to the City Council, so they can move forward to solve our TDOT right-of-way problem.  You can Google Townsend TDOT and read the whole story.  Basically, about 100 properties have or had encroachments on the State ROW.  Many have been moved but in some cases the encroachments are buildings, parking lots and pole signs.  People here have been using the ROW for decades without any prior intervention until last year.  I was appointed by the City to be the liaison with TDOT.  It has been an interesting process.  I think it is time for the City to make a recommendation to TDOT and move to the final phase.  We’ll see what happens.  Unfortunately for me, after the City decides what to recommend, I will deliver the document and begin the process of working out the details with TDOT management in Knoxville and Nashville. We are getting closer but it is not over yet.

Marge Davis, Bill Gwinn and Buzz Buffington and I are meeting today at 1:00.  Marge is the lady from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee who heads the organization trying to enact the “Bottle Bill”.  Bill and Buzz are TU leaders. 

This legislation would require a five cent deposit on aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles.  That five cents can be redeemed by the purchaser and user or anyone else who collects the containers along the roads and stream banks. At a nickel a pop, gathering cans and bottles sounds fairly lucrative to me.  The containers will be recycled.  This appears to be a great idea and Trout Unlimited in our State is in favor of the bill.  But there is strong opposition from other anti-litter groups and business organizations.  Some of those who oppose this bill are people I know personally and are people I like. 

This is going to be an interesting day and evening. 

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

Byron Begley
February 15, 2011

2011 Tennessee Trout Unlimited Summer Camp

Tennessee TU is sponsoring a week-long summer aquatic biology and trout fishing camp at Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont. The camp will be held Monday, June 20 - Saturday, June 25 and is for middle school-age boys and girls. Cost of the camp is $465. Go to TU Clinch River Chapter website, for more information and an application.  Applications are due March 1st.  This is an opportunity of a lifetime for young people.

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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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