Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is yet another beautiful day in Townsend, Tennessee.  I don’t remember a nicer Fall.  Traffic is light in our town.  It usually is this time of year prior to Thanksgiving.  Then, we get busy again.  It’s the same every year. 

Little River is looking good.  Flow is currently 411 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 129 cfs.  The river looks like it does in the Spring.  The water temperature dropped.  This morning it was 45 degrees.  Yesterday morning at the same time it was 50 degrees.  The water will be colder in the Park.  The further up you go in the mountains the cooler the water gets.  It will warm up today.  Next week looks really good for anglers.  The night temperatures will be much warmer.  That will help the fishing. 

It’s time for nymphs though you still might catch trout on dries.  I would still pick nymphs.  With the strong current you will need plenty of weight to get them down to the trout unless they happen to be suspended near the surface or they are in shallow water.  The bigger browns are prowling around looking to spawn.  Some already have spawned.  It’s that time of year.  Jack told me his favorite time to fish for large browns starts around Thanksgiving and runs through January.  He and I are planning to go fishing together this Fall.  It’s hard for me to get away this time of year.

I have spent the last two days working on the Troutfest website.  I hope to have everything updated today.  We have wonderful new photography. Some professional photographers, Randy Frank, Randy’s wife and Jeremy Tinsley volunteered to work at Troutfest this year.  They shot hundreds of photos. Most of the wide shots with lots of people were taken by Gary Verholek and me.

I swapped e-mail with Tom Rosenbauer yesterday.  He is very excited about coming to Troutfest next year.  He calls Lefty, Bob and Joe his heros.  Tom will be a headliner along with them.  I consider Tom a hero of mine.  He is the marketing genius running the huge Orvis advertising machine.  He has 10 fly fishing books in print right now.  And, he is a very nice guy. 

If you visit the Orvis site you can find Tom’s podcasts.  They are very popular.  I asked Tom to do one for Troutfest.  We could have Steve Moore, Rufus King and maybe me join Tom on a show.  Like I told Tom, we have a big story to tell.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Tourism Institute at the University of Tennessee have released their numbers for 2009.  I always look forward to them.  You can read the story in the Daily Times by CLICKING HERE.

Tourism brought in $19.6 billion to Tennessee in 2009, which was down from the previous year by 7%.  The Institute breaks down the revenue by County in the report.  Our county, Blount did fairly well.  On average last year tourists spent $700,000 per day in our County.  That provides 2,800 jobs, $9 million in tax revenue and $195,000 in daily paychecks in our county alone. 

The Smoky Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau practices what the industry calls “Sustainable Tourism”.  The word “Sustainable” refers to protecting and sustaining the culture, heritage, natural beauty and quality of life while still growing the tourism business.  Our county even received a Sustainable Tourism Award last year.  From what I remember, the awards went to our county and Asheville North Carolina.

Here is another article written in the Daily Times about a speech Susan Whitaker gave to our local Chamber of Commerce.  Susan is the Tennessee Commissioner of Tourism.  CLICK HERE TO READ.  She refers to sustainable tourism. 

I believe there is a fine line between prosperity in the community and quality of life if you live in a town with a tourism based economy like ours.

As we plan our future in Townsend we need to remember what got us here and why we love living here.  Right now that is of the utmost importance as our town faces the turning point.  Which way will we turn?  There is no turning back.

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

Byron Begley
November 18, 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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