Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and cool in Townsend this morning, 38 degrees.  We did not get the rain they expected yesterday.  I can’t see any snow on the mountain tops like they said could occur.  I guess we dodged the bullet again.

Little River is still flowing strong but nothing like it was yesterday morning.  Flow right now is 1,050 cubic feet per second.  That is still a record for this date as it was yesterday and several other days this month.  The highest recorded flow for November 30th happened in 1986.  The flow that date was 725 cfs.  Median flow for this date is 235 cfs.

The reservoirs in Tennessee are higher than impoundment managers would like to see this time of year.  As a result, they are pushing water through the dams and making electricity.  The Cumberland Plateau was pounded by rain over the past two days.  I talked to a guy yesterday from Cleveland, Tennessee.  He said they got over 4” of rain.  We had around 2” here.  The heavy rain missed the Smokies.  We got plenty though.

The forecast looks pleasant over the next few days.  It is going to be cold at night.  The water temperature will drop.  This morning the water was 47 degrees at the swinging bridge. 

The streams in the mountains are full of water and wading should be done carefully.  Don’t take any chances.  The results could be regretful.  I would wait a couple of days.  Get your nymphs and split shot ready.  The cold water will cause the trout to be hunkered on the bottom.  By the weekend we should see some warming of the water during the day.  Maybe you will encounter a Blue Wing Olive hatch.  The browns are going to be hungry.

I spent all day yesterday and I will work all day today on the fly tying department.  I’m mostly ordering and this time of year, that is a big job.  Many fly shops avoid having big fly tying departments and I know why.  It’s a whole lot of work and the profit from those departments does not warrant the time unless you consider customer service first and profit or return on investment second.     

Townsend native Robert Headrick won the “Best Pie in the Cove” award at the Blue Ribbon County Fair this year.  He is a Blount County General Sessions Court Judge.  I saw his parents at a reception last week and we didn’t discuss it.  His dad and I talked about politics and Laurel Lake.  Paula won a blue ribbon herself at the Fair.  Hers was for a cake.  She also took second place for another culinary treat.   CLICK HERE TO READ “BEST PIE” STORY.

News around here is light.  I’ve been working a lot and not talking to anyone outside the shop. I have not talked to the Police Chief in over a week.  I usually get a lot of good stories from him.  Same with Frank who is one of our police officers.  He has great and also funny stories too.  We’ll start holding our City Government meetings soon.  The Council meets a week from Tuesday.  The Planning Commission meets the Thursday after that. I will be at the City Council meeting but I plan to stay quiet this time.  I made my point at two meetings and from this point forward a new committee will probably work with the Council.  I submitted a list of things I think our City Government should address and I think they are on board.  Time will tell. 

I missed the last Planning Commission meeting because I was on a deer hunt in Kentucky.  Our city recorder will send the minutes from that meeting to me next week. 

Some of our larger business developments have changed hands.  I won’t get specific because one is not a done deal.  The good news is, these properties are now in the hands of locals.  The two largest commercial developments were both owned by companies outside of Tennessee.  Hard times in the commercial real estate business have taken their toll on these large firms.  It is good to see our hometown people in charge of them now.

I better get to work.

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

Byron Begley
November 30, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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