Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is 62 degrees this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  It feels great outside.  Traffic in town is very light but that will change tomorrow as we begin our Labor Day Weekend holiday.  We will be open of course.  I stopped by Randy’s restaurant this morning early to talk to him.  The restaurant is not open yet.  He hoped to open this fall.  His plans came to a screeching halt when he got a letter from the Department of Transportation that told him his parking lot had to be removed.  That would leave him with absolutely no parking.  Now TDOT says they will sell him the land.

It is going to be cool this weekend.  It’s going to be nice.  Hopefully we will get some rain tomorrow then by Saturday the high will be around 78 degrees with a low of 52.  I hope the rain comes.  Little River is getting low.  Today the flow is 48 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 82 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 69 degrees early this morning.

Fishing is OK, not great but you can catch fish.  Ethan fished the Middle Prong of the Little River yesterday.  He said the fishing was fair but we sure could use some rain.  The trout are spooky, concentrated and hard to approach.  I think the fishing will be better around Elkmont or in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, up high.  The water is cooler up there but it’s still low. 

I would start out with a beetle pattern or a small Yellow Stimulator.  Maybe a Parachute Adams would be good.  You might want to drop a nymph or Green Weenie off that. 

Charles from Nashville sent me an e-mail.  He caught trout using a Green Weenie on the Caney Fork the other day.  I remember my first inchworm experience on that river about 30 years ago.  I was fishing down one side of an island below Betty’s Island.  Inchworms were falling in the water and trout were eating them.  I think it was windy and that might have caused the worms to drop in numbers that me and the trout noticed.  I would have given anything to have an inchworm pattern that day.

If we get some rain tomorrow, combined with cool temperatures this weekend the fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be excellent.  That’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it.

The forest is dry.  Be careful. Don't start a forest fire. "Remember, only you can prevent forest fires." A small forest fire is burning in the Park now.  See the article HERE IN THE DAILY TIMES.  It’s not a big fire and actually the Park Service is saying it will be good for the forest.  The fire is located near Chilhowee Lake.

We had our first City Council Meeting last night under the new administration.  Two Commissioners were re-elected and one was elected to serve for the first time. They were sworn in.  Next, Pat Jenkins was appointed as Mayor again.  Then, the Council appointed the Commissioners to their various jobs, maintenance, police, roads and parks & recreation.

Pat’s first order of business was to read a resolution he wrote concerning the City of Townsend and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  Here are the highlights:

TDOT’s recent activities have caused great consternation for the City, residents and business owners.

Actions required by TDOT could impact Townsend’s immediate and long term economic/tourism opportunities.

TDOT has not established official ROW boundaries.

TDOT has not considered prior approved right of way uses.

TDOT is requiring an unrealistic time for compliance.

Let it be resolved that:
TDOT should issue a delay to allow a complete and fair resolution.
TDOT should complete a thorough and accurate survey of the boundaries.
TDOT should treat each property owner in a humane and just manner.
TDOT should only use, with the City’s concurrence, excess property sales to resolve severe non-movable encroachments.
TDOT should take no actions that damage the City of Townsend’s Viewscapes and Greenspaces.
TDOT should take no actions that harm the bike trails.
TDOT should enter into a long-term lease agreement with the City of Townsend to allow the City to monitor and manage the ROW using existing City regulations in a manner consistent of the City of Townsend’s Land Use and Transportation Plan 2010-2020.

I left out some words to keep it brief.  After the Council voted to approve the Resolution, the Mayor asked that they approve me as the TDOT Liaison.  So, all work and dialog between the two governments would go through me.  The Council agreed and voted yes.

I guess my life is going to change for a while.  I pulled out some garments I have not worn lately so Paula could take them to the cleaners.  Starched shirts!  I may not be wearing bluejeans every day.  And, I’m going to be asking for help.  I will be doing a lot of research. 

I already have a briefing set up for Sunday and Monday.  I’m looking forward to working with TDOT.  It will be an interesting experience.  But, for the life of me, I can’t find any situation like this on the internet.  If a conflict and resolution to the conflict like this one has happened in Tennessee, I can’t find it.  Help!

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

Byron Begley
September 2, 2010 

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