Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and it is warm in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  The Great Smoky Mountains are clearly visible from my office window.  I pulled out of the driveway, crept along the gravel road that runs to our house on my way to work and a huge buck ran out from the woods in front of me.  He ran up the road, jumped the split rail fence at Frank’s property and ran into the woods, his antlers glistening in the sun.  I think he is the largest deer I’ve seen at our house.

There is some traffic in town.  Many of the people I saw this morning were unrecognizable.  This is a holiday week and visitors are already here.  All indications are, our community economy is going to get a boost this week.  Many hospitality properties are booked solid.

Little River looks wonderful.  The flow is back to normal.  Measured flow this morning is 217 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 201 cfs.  We are expecting rain so we may see a rise tomorrow.  The water temperature this morning at the swinging bridge was 49 degrees.  That will also rise today and tomorrow.  We are in for some warm weather for a couple of days.  Fishing should be good except for one thing.  We have a full moon.  Many anglers believe (me being one of them) that fish feed on clear nights during a full moon and fishing the following day is slow.  I did talk to one angler yesterday who told me the fishing was slow.  Nymphs are working.  Try a Prince or Pheasant Tail. 

Morgan Simmons wrote an article on the Knox News website about ginseng poaching in the park. Unless you live around here you probably don’t know about this.  High quality mountain ginseng grows wild in the Smokies.  People sneak in and harvest it.  On the open market the dried roots sell for several hundred dollars per pound.  It ends up in the Orient, especially China.  They say ginseng is hard to find now because it has been over-harvested in the Smokies.  Rangers and biologists have worked to stop this illegal activity.  I personally know one person who was caught harvesting “sang”.  You can read Morgan’s article by CLICKING HERE.

Tonight is a big night for me.  I’m holding another Town Hall Meeting and Workshop concerning the State right-of-way.  After our last meeting in October the headlines on the front page of The Daily Times read, “Townsend business owners, city officials disagree on right-of-way issue”.  The second paragraph started with, “Byron Begley, owner/operator of Little River Outfitters, is the city liaison with Tennessee Department of Transportation on the right-of-way issue.”  YOU CAN READ THE STORY BY CLICKING HERE.  We had about 50 citizens show up at the meeting.  We sent out 350 notices for tonight’s meeting.  I would like to see 100 people attend.

Boy, do I know how to get into a pickle. One business leader told me I was crazy for doing it.  But, you know what?  People appreciate me doing this.  They told me that in the last meeting and they have come by the shop since then and said the same thing.  During this whole process I have actually become closer to many of the citizens here.   

I am hoping we can reach a consensus by the end of the year.  We have another meeting scheduled in December.  That is not easy to do when there are many conflicting opinions. 

I grew up in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Kentucky, according to the constitution would be called a Commonwealth and not a State.  There are three other Commonwealths in the United States.  The word “Commonwealth” was borrowed from the English.  It means “for the common wealth of the people”.  Commonwealth is also referred to as “government based on the common consent of the people”.

On the seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky are six very important words, “United we stand, Divided we fall”.  I think those six words should be taken to heart and apply to all States, Commonwealths, Cities and Communities.  We need to be a team.  We should work together collectively for the overall good of the people.

A consensus or decision by consensus means most people agree or “consent” to a proposal.  That consent is not necessarily in the best interest of the consenting individual, but it is determined by that person to be in the best interest of the people as a whole. In other words, they can live with it because in the long run it is best for the community, which will ultimately be best for them.  We have a lot of smart and nice people living here.  I think we can do it. 

Wish us luck.  I’m looking forward to tonight.  The last meeting was over before I knew it.

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

Byron Begley
November 22, 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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