Townsend, Tennessee
December 22, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The temperature is 30 degrees this morning.  It is foggy, I mean really foggy.  The National Weather Service warns that this fog could freeze on the roads.  Be careful driving.  I stopped at the swinging bridge as I do every day to take the water temperature in Little River.  It was 41 degrees, just like yesterday morning.  When I pulled into the shop parking lot Stan’s Jeep was parked near the street.  He is fishing with someone. 

So people have been catching some nice trout but most people will find the fishing slow.  If you use streamers or large nymphs you might hook a good brown and maybe a rainbow.  The people who catch trout now have their secret methods that they don’t share with me and I’m not a winter fisherman anyway.  Winter is a busy time for me at work.  I’m here almost every day during the winter.

If you do want to fish use the streamers and big nymphs like I said.  You have to get the flies down to where the fish are lying.  A big streamer that resembles an injured baitfish is a good bet right now.  Give it some action to get their attention.

Looking ahead this week we are going to see a warming trend and rain.  They are predicting the temperature will get up to 56 degrees tomorrow with a low of 35.  The fishing will pick up a little then until after Friday.  It is supposed to get colder on Saturday with a chance for snow. 

The snow messed up our business this weekend.  But we are still up 19% for the first three weeks of the month compared to the same period last year.  Internet orders shipped are up a whopping 84.04%.  Orders called in by phone are up a little.  That shows me a trend that needs to be taken advantage of.  And that is exactly what I’m doing.

My friend Sara Hedstrom will be here at 10:00.  She is a landscape architect and a darned good one.  She is helping me with a long term plan to enclose our parking lot with trees.  The long term plan calls for a shaded sidewalk down the street with park benches so people can sit down in the shade. I want to promote a thing call “walk-ability”.  Maybe that will serve as a model for our town.  Our town needs more sidewalks on the side streets.  We need more walk-ability.  

I told our building inspector about my plan.  He said that is contrary to what most business owners do.  They want their building to be seen.  I want our sign to be seen of course.  But, when customers get out of their car to walk in here, I want them to be 20 degrees cooler in the summer, feel like they are in a forest, and I’ll save money on utilities trying to cool this big building.

This notion may seem odd to some people.  If you have ever been to Hilton Head, South Carolina, especially in the Sea Pines area, you will see exactly what I’m talking about.  Everywhere you look, it is green.  You can be driving by a Walmart and barely see it.  You do see the sign on the street but it is small, much smaller than what is allowed in Townsend. You don’t need big signs in Hilton Head.  They are all small and many are only visually competing with vegetation.

I don’t know, maybe I’m wasting my time and money.  But, if you do something different and people like it they will be more likely to try it themselves.

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

Byron Begley
December 22, 2009

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