Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and 58 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Rain fell most of the day yesterday.  We had 1.5” of rain in our gauge.  The water temperature is falling in Little River.  That will continue this week.  This cool front is a refreshing change.  Just a week ago Paula and I were fishing on Dale Hollow Lake and the high temperature each day was in the 90’s.  This week we’ll see highs in the 60’s and 70’s.

Fishing is very good.  Ethan fished yesterday in the Park.  He said he caught trout in almost every pool and run.  The water was rising which helped the fishing.  But also the temperature was dropping.  This morning, in town, the water temperature is 61 degrees.  It should be perfect everywhere in the Park.

Flow is strong and the river is off color through town.  Flow is currently 420 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 97.  I would be casting some big ugly flies in Little River today.  Tie on a Meat Whistle or Slump Buster and you might catch a big brown.  Use heavy tippet for them.  If the water is off color like we have in town you could get away with 3X easy maybe heavier.  In the clearer water you may need to lighten up.

This would be a good day for nymphs.  Be careful wading.  The current is strong. 

You have probably heard about the big problem we are having in our town with encroachments on the State right-of-way.  The land was purchased in the 1940’s and 1950’s for a future road that was eventually built.  People have been using the excess right-of-way for parking and in some cases signs and lights were placed on the State land.  Tennessee Department of Transportation sent 80 letters to landowners telling them to move the encroachment within 30 days.  Some of the alleged encroachments included buildings and swimming pools.  We didn’t get a letter.

The City asked TDOT to do a survey to verify the boundaries.  That survey has been in the process for a few weeks.

Well we got a big surprise when we got home from vacation. The survey crew placed markers, indicating the right-of-way boundary and it appears their line is about 13 feet back from what our survey indicates.  Therefore, it seems part of our parking lot and our sign are on the right-of-way.  That may mean we could have to buy the property from TDOT or remove the parking lot and sign. 

I called our engineers yesterday and told them about it.  They will be checking on the problem today.  I also drove to town and bought a 100’ tape and checked to make sure we didn’t make a mistake and built everything in the wrong spot.  It all checked out fine.

This is going to be an interesting adventure to be sure.

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

Byron Begley
September 28, 2010

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