Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and much cooler, thank goodness.  It was hot this weekend at times.  Townsend looks to be back to normal.  Motels, cabin rental companies, lodges, campgrounds and other support businesses had a good weekend.  Our business here was, as usual, the best it will be all year.  It was Troutfest weekend. 

Rain showers, big ones fell all around us yesterday.  We only got some light rain and a little thunder.  Of course it rained on Troutfest somewhat. But, without the rain, it wouldn’t be Troutfest.  I stopped at the swinging bridge this morning to take the water temperature.  From the street the river looked about like it has for the past few days.  A fisherman was about to get his feet wet and we talked for a few minutes.  When I got down the bank I then realized the river was up.  The water is clear though and 62 degrees.  The flow is 280 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 208 cfs.

Jim Casada came in a few minutes ago and we talked for a while.  He is a great guy and good friend.  We have sold over 600 copies of his new book so we have enjoyed a good business relationship with him too.  He dropped off all the copies of his book that he didn’t sell at Troutfest and we bought them.  That saved us shipping costs so we’re glad about that.

Jim reads this Fishing Report and wanted to see the swinging bridge I always talk about.  He and his wife were driving around town looking for the landmark and noticed a Townsend police officer parked near the road pointing his radar at each car that drove by.  They pulled up next to the officer to find out where the bridge is located.  Jim said, “Byron Begley writes about a swinging bridge every morning.  Could you tell me where that might be?”  The officer thought a minute and answered, “Byron Begley can’t read or write.”  Then he went on to say “The City mailed him an important document and we had to come to the store and read it to him.”  I laughed until I cried. 

And after Jim left it dawned on me that I have a perfect excuse that I will never forget as long as I live in Townsend, which will be forever in my case.  If I ever get pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign, I have a flaw that cannot be denied by any of our police officers and would certainly give me immunity as a defendant in a court of law.  And, the police would be witnesses on behalf of me, as the defendant.  I can’t read!  Think about it.  I’ve got it made. 

Fishing is good.  The trout are taking all kinds of bugs but I would use a Yellow Sally stonefly or a Light Cahill mayfly for a dry.  Fishing is going to be best late but today, if this cloud cover remains I would be out there all day.

Troutfest was a huge success.  You will hear more about it later.  And from now on, if you find mistakes or errors in this report you will know why.

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

Byron Begley
May 17, 2010

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