Townsend, Tennessee

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It’s late, I know.  The sun is shining and volunteers are working at the Visitors Center getting ready for Troutfest.  Our shop is full of people who are here for the event and to do some fishing. 

We have a good chance for scattered thunderstorms all weekend.  We’ll see what happens.  I don’t want to jinx us but it doesn’t look like anything big is headed our way.

The rivers are still on the high side but much lower than they have been.  Fishing is good.  Joe Humphreys and Walter fished most of the day yesterday.  Joe said they caught a lot of fish but nothing very big.  They had a good time.

We took Joe and Matt from Renzetti to dinner last night at Trailhead Steak House. 

Lefty is getting here in about an hour.  Bob Clouser will arrive early this afternoon.  More of the national manufacturers will be getting here soon.  I ran into Randy Hamilton downstairs.  He works for Loomis, Ross and Fishpond.  He will be tying this weekend.  His Hamilton Spoonfly and Copperhead inventions will be demonstrated by him.  I want to see that spoonfly tied.  I like fishing for redfish and spoonflies are deadly but I have not figured out how to make them on a consistent basis.  Some of them wobble well, others twist. 

We have sold over 250 banquet tickets so far.  We’ll sell more today.  When we reach 300, they are gone.

Everything is running smooth.  Donna Gregory asked me if I was nervous this morning.  You may not know but I am Chairman of Troutfest this year.  I’m not nervous at all. 

All of the committee members have everything under control.  The volunteers are plentiful and hard working.  That’s the thing about Troutfest.  Everyone pitches in.  I think we have around 140 volunteers.  Everyone know what they are supposed to do and where they are supposed to be.  We have been planning this for 10 months.  We have gone over every detail several times. 

We have over 11,000 square feet of tents set up at the visitors center.  The tent we will use tonight is covering the back parking lot.  The dimensions are 60’ x 120’.  I can tell you for sure that tent has set a new Townsend record at 7,200 square feet.  Tonight after the banquet it will be converted into show space for the manufacturers booths and the fly tying tent.

We will have bluegrass bands playing all weekend at the pavilion.  Another tent is set up in front of them.  Many of the vendors and there are a ton of them have their own tents.  So, if we do get some rain it won’t be a major problem.

I have a few loose ends to tie up then I can help with anything that comes up.     

Have a great day and thank you for being here.  Daniel will write the Fishing Report tomorrow and on Sunday.

Byron Begley
May 15, 2009

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