Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  What a beautiful morning it is in Townsend, Tennessee.  The sun is shining, the rain is gone for now and it is comfortable outside.  The air is clear and the Great Smoky Mountains stand tall and in clear view.  I love living here. 

Little River is flowing very strong this morning.  The water is fairly clear and the water temperature is 50 degrees.  Flow right now is 531 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 135 cfs.  The water level is falling very slowly.  It will take a while to get back to median flow.  Be careful wading!

But, during this time the fishing should be very good, especially if you like to hunt for large brown trout.  It’s that time of year.  I would use weighted nymphs and heavy tippet.  The sun is a detriment to fishing success but that negative is negated by high water flow.  The fish are going to be harder to see but they won’t see you easily.  That gives the angler somewhat of an advantage.  As you know I would use a Girdle Bug as my primary fly and drop a nymph, probably a Prince Nymph off of that.  Both would be tied weighted. 

You should be here Saturday between 10:00 and 2:00.  Our Free Fly Tying Demonstration will be conducted by two excellent fly tyers and anglers, Buzz Buffington and Gary Troutman.

Buzz is a trout fisherman.  I mean he fishes for trout more often than anyone I know.  He’s good at it and he shares his knowledge.  He is an excellent fly tyer too.  Buzz lives near the Clinch River and he has it figured out.  So, if you tie flies or not, being here with Buzz will be a knowledge gathering experience.

Gary is one of my hero’s.  He likes to fish for smallmouth bass and other warmwater and coolwater fish.  I’m going through a phase doing the same thing.  Gary is another person who shares information freely.  If you don’t believe it visit our message board.  Gary gave Paula and I a couple of flies right before we went on a week-long lake fishing trip.  We didn’t try them until the last day.  When we did, we found the bass were fighting over them.  His flies and techniques will be invaluable to anyone who likes to fish for bass and panfish or has a desire to learn.

You should be here Saturday.  All you have to do is show up. You can go fishing before and after the demonstrations.

We had a City Commission meeting last night.  I gave my report on the progress I’m trying to make at reaching a consensus on how the excess right-of-way should be used or saved.  We are holding another workshop Monday night.  I am the facilitator.  At our first meeting last month only 50 people showed up.  So, we decided to send out some post cards hoping a broader citizen base will attend the next meeting.  Those cards will go out today. 

I really enjoy doing this.  Consensus building is an interesting endeavor.  We have citizens who are positioned far apart on each side of the issue.  My job is to try to bring them together.  Of course there is a lot of passion and diverse opinions in the room.  It’s not easy keeping everyone on track with our five points that we are working through.  I’ve been in front of larger groups trying to do the same thing.  This probably ranks #2 in the potential financial size of the outcome.  I flew to Chicago when I was in my 30’s and faced a tough crowd of Franchisees who were determined to file a class action lawsuit against our Franchisor.  I was against it.  The idea of the lawsuit was dropped.  We reached a consensus.

Our Mayor asked me to stay and listen to some proposals regarding city management computer software.  That was very interesting, especially the court management software.  We have a part-time judge.  He hears all the cases involving mostly traffic violations.  Recording tickets and fines and reporting them to the State correctly is of utmost importance to a city.  Our city recorder is responsible for making that happen and trying to do it without the latest and greatest software and service is a big job. 

One company gave a presentation that I found to be very interesting.  They provide the software and service and they get paid only when a fine is paid.  The case could be thrown out by the judge.  They don’t get paid for that one.  Or the judge may fine someone $100 or maybe $150.  The company gets $20 if there is a conviction and only when the fine is paid. They do all the database management and file the reports required by the State of Tennessee. Oh, you can pay your fine online by credit card.  That’s handy.  I hope I never have to use that service.

Now that was a learning experience for me.  Personally, I would find watching Gary Troutman tying bass flies more important to me. But, it’s good to know what is going on in the fine payment department too.

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

Byron Begley
November 17, 2010


Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying


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