Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  Fog covers Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  It has been drizzling since early yesterday.  It’s just nasty out there.  There is more to come. We’ll see light rain much of today. 

Jack is out there fishing or he will be soon.  I think he is downstairs now.  I knew he was going to do that.  We all went to a party together last night and he said he was fishing today.  This is Jack’s kind of day, overcast, precipitation and low visibility for the trout.  I bet he hammers them.  The water is a little warmer this morning, 42 degrees.  Flow is fairly high, 357 cubic feet per second in town.  Normal for this date is 237 cfs. 

If you go, use nymphs or streamers.  I would weight them heavy and get them down.  Watch for the trout.  Pick out a fish if you can see them and make those casts count.  Otherwise, just fish nymphs, blind casting into likely spots.  This may be your day.

Hey, we may get some snow on Christmas Day!  In fact, we could get some significant snowfall according to the National Weather Service.  A white Christmas, wouldn’t that be great?  I just hope the power doesn’t go out.  All of my toys will need electricity.  By the way, we will close at noon on Friday and we’ll be closed all day Saturday.  Some of us will be back Sunday.  We will be open then.

You may find Park roads closed this weekend.  With the expected precipitation and cold temperatures I can just about guarantee you that will happen.  When that happens, some people park outside then walk in.  You can feel like you are in the backcountry and still be close to your vehicle.  It is a lot of fun to hike or fish in the Park when the roads are closed.

Camping in the backcountry is fun when it snows.  This can be dangerous.  You really need to know what the weather forecast is for sure.  No room for guessing here.  And you need to have the right equipment, tents, bags, clothing and a stove. I’ve done it a few times with no problems.  But, I’ve also seen occasions when that did not turn out so well.  You can get trapped.  Snowshoes help.  I think we have three pair of them at the house.  Have you ever tried to walk in snowshoes?  It is not a stroll in the park.    

On Monday I have to lead a “Town Hall Meeting”.  I went to City Hall yesterday and we tried to figure out how to display a 32 foot long satellite image of our town.  We decided to line up tables along the stage in the auditorium and tape the paper map on the edges so people in the audience could see it from their seats.  We are trying to solve our problem with encroachments on the state right of way.  This will be the third meeting.  I volunteered to represent the city with the Department of Transportation and conduct public meetings.  I guess somebody has to do it.  Actually it has been a fairly enjoyable experience.

A lot of citizens have called me or stopped by the store over the past four months.  I have met some people who I would not otherwise have met.  This is volunteer work, I don’t get paid to do it.  I call it community service.  Though some people are upset at times and very vocal at the meetings, I have never felt they were upset with me.  I want to keep it that way.  So far I think I have.  I have done a lot of things like this over my life.  I feel comfortable in those situations and thankful when they are over. 

My ultimate goal is to build a consensus, help solve our problems and hopefully build a better foundation between the citizens and our government.  I believe the citizens are listening to the government and the government is listening to the citizens.  I’ve been listening to the Department of Transportation and I have learned a lot from them.  We have a very effective Department of Transportation in Tennessee.  If you don’t believe it, look at and drive on our roads.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tennessee grew by 11.5% over the past decade to 6.3 million people.  Is that good or is that bad?  Beats me.

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

Byron Begley
December 22, 2010 

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