Townsend, Tennessee
September 30, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and it feels like Fall.  The high temperature today in the valley will be around 71 degrees.  Tonight we’ll dip to around 45.  Visitors are here to enjoy the mountains and cool temperatures.  I love this time of year. 

Little River has never looked or felt better.  The flow is somewhat strong but certainly it is fishable.  The water temperature is a perfect 58 degrees in town.  So far we have not seen any fall colors from here.  Paula and I spotted some trees changing at higher elevations week before last.  It’s coming and it’s coming fast.

Fishing is very good.  Though there are not many anglers here yet those that I’ve talked to say it’s fine.  Fly fishermen have not seen a good Fall for three years.  For the past two years we have experienced what was probably the worst drought since the 1920’s.  On this date in 2007 the flow at the “Y” on Little River was 17 cubic feet per second.  Today it is flowing at 406 cfs.  Quite a difference. 

You should do well with nymphs or dry flies.  Try attractor patterns like a Parachute Adams or Elk Hair Caddis.  I would use a terrestrial combination, a foam beetle dry fly and drop a Green Weenie off that.  Or strip some streamers.  There is a lot of water and the trout will be located in places they would not normally be on September 30th. 

This week I’m going to finish the Little River Journal and send it out.  Then I’ll photograph all the Chota gloves.  I’ve never taken a picture of a glove before and I’ve got 7 models to shoot.  They have special features that must be shown.  Do I stuff them with something and suspend them using fluorocarbon?  Do I put my hand in them and get Daniel to pull the trigger?  I brought in a Bass Pro Shops catalog to see how they do it.  I’ll probably get on some glove websites.  This will be interesting.  Maybe I’ll come up with something that has not been done before.

After that is done, I’m going fishing for two or three days.

Yesterday we had a very interesting meeting.  Attending was Pat Jenkins (Townsend’s Mayor), Herb Handly (Smoky Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau), me and John Whiteman from Boulder Colorado.  John is a certified land use planner.  He owns a consulting company that is helping us work with the National Scenic Byways Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  They have money.  They have grants, some $40 million and of course Herb, Pat and I want to apply for some of that money.  The idea is to make highway 321 from Lenoir City, through Townsend, up to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, through Cosby and terminating at Greeneville, Tennessee a National Scenic Byway. The money can be used to enhance, preserve and protect the Scenic Byway. 

Each county or town can apply for a grant.  We’ve got a good shot because of our small and undeveloped valley, the Park, our Heritage and History.  To qualify is not just based on beautiful scenery.  We could qualify for other reasons such as our history and heritage. 

There are some restrictions to a Scenic Byway, no new billboards and possibly the removal of those that currently exist.  Grants could be used to purchase billboards and remove them.  I think we are already restricted to no new billboards because Highway 321 is a Tennessee Scenic Highway.

People from four counties including ours are meeting with John in Gatlinburg today. I’ll be interested to see how that turns out.


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

Byron Begley
September 30, 2009

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