Townsend, Tennessee
December 1, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and cold in Townsend, Tennessee.  Water droplets were frozen on the boat cover when I got here this morning.  I stopped at the swinging bridge and the river looked great.  There is plenty of flow.  We got almost an inch of rain over the past 36 hours.  The water is clear and 44 degrees.  Traffic in town is light and I can’t tell you a thing about the mountains, I can’t see them at all.  I can’t tell if there are any cows in the field across the road either.  We’re fogged in. 

There is more rain coming tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night.  Chances are 100% tomorrow.  It is going to get cold with highs in the 40’s and lows around 30 or below Friday night.  Snow is in the forecast for Friday night but the chances are low.  We may have some snow in the mountains. 

I would not put up my tackle for the winter yet.  There have been some nice fish caught in Little River.  This weekend a couple of customers caught them in the 16” to 18” range.  One customer from the Atlanta area reported a big one on a Girdle Bug.  A Girdle Bug is hard to beat for big trout.  So is a Prince Nymph.  And if you really want to put the odds in your favor, fish the Girdle Bug and drop the Prince about 16” back, then hold on.  The browns are hungry and active.  You might catch some rainbows too.

Everyone is complaining about the tailwaters and the generation schedules.  Just wait.  That heavy generation will surely subside and fishing will be good.  December was always my favorite month on the Caney Fork back when I fished there regularly.  Once the water temperature drops to 40 degrees, and it has in some streams in the Park, the fishing will slow down to a crawl.  That may not be far off.  That’s when you will see more anglers switch to the tailwaters.  And then, those folks anticipate, wait for and hope for the shad kill.  That happens when the lake surface temperatures drop to or below 40 degrees.  Those shad are washed through the turbines feeding the tailwaters and the feed bag is on, Son.  That will probably be in January.  BIG trout are waiting for those dead or injured shad to drift by.

We ended the month up 25.25% over November last year.  That sounds great and we are grateful to you.  However, last year we thought the world economy was going to collapse.  November last year was slow.  We ended last year up 6%.  This year we are down 8.6%.  I’m hoping December will pull us up closer to last year’s numbers.  The mail order business is kicking into high gear. 

Well, this is the day when I announce my Rock and Roll Music awards.  This is a tough one.  However, like most of the years for the past 25 or more, The Eagles and Pink Floyd have been narrowed down to the final two.  I remember when Elton John and Fleetwood Mac were finalists.  That has been a while.  So here they are, the 2010 winners of my Rock and Roll Music Awards 2009.

Top Band – The Eagles – I picked them over Pink Floyd because I saw them in concert this year and they were awesome.

Top Guitarist – This year is a tie again, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd and Stuart Smith of The Eagles.  David Gilmour is what he is.  Stuart Smith is the next Chet Atkins. 

Vocalist of the Year – I couldn’t decide on this one.  There are too many good choices.  All the finalists were from the Eagles, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.  I’ll give it to all of them.

Entertainer of the Year – This is the big one.  This was the easy choice.  This man even ran for President.  The Entertainer of the Year is Joe Walsh from the Eagles.  Congratulations Joe. “You are the man”.  

Next year will probably be the same, again like before unless Pink Floyd goes on tour.  Maybe this will be the impetus to get them out there.

I called and left a Message for Ed McMohon from the Urban Land Institute in Washington.  I hope to hear from him today.  I’m going to find out what it costs to get him here to speak to the people who live in our valley, Tuckaleechee Cove.  I’ve also talked to the Raven Society and they may want him to speak in Maryville or Alcoa so there is a chance he’ll be here two days.  Ed is an expert on planning for cities and rural communities.  I drove to Knoxville to hear him speak this year.  I left the Convention Center a different person.  He is amazing.

This is part of my plan as a new member of the Townsend Planning Commission.  I want our community to have the opportunity to see what I’ve seen and hear what I have heard.  I’ll have to call about 50 people and beg for $100 each.  I don’t think that will be hard to do.  I’ll have them write the checks to the Chamber and let them handle that part of it.  We’ll be the first to donate. 

Friday morning, Maribel Koella and I are meeting with Jerry Cunningham our County Mayor.  We are going to talk about tourism and the future of Tuckaleechee Cove.  I’m looking forward to that.  I always have a good time with those two people.  And, we’ll go over some very important ideas to help the County and Townsend move forward without messing up our community in the future.  That’s what all three of us want including about 90% of the people who live here. 

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

Byron Begley
December 1, 2009


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