Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and there is light rain falling in the Smoky Mountains.  The temperature is 53 degrees.  It feels like Spring.  The streets are lacking in vehicles this morning but it is early.  I think that is going to change.  People are going to take advantage of this warm weather and get outside.

Jack Gregory and Rob Fightmaster will be tying at the shop today between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  You don’t want to miss that.  This is a free fly tying demonstration.  Just show up and enjoy yourself.  You will learn a lot from these guys.  Jack is know to be the best trout angler in the area.  I can personally attest, he is the best fly fisherman I know.  Rob is an excellent angler too.  He is a professional guide and instructor.  He will be tying smallmouth bass flies. 

Little River looks good.  The flow is 224 cubic feet per second (cfs) which is perfect for most angler’s point of view.  Median flow for this date is 304 cfs.  Water is usually high this time of year.  The water temperature was 42 degrees at the swinging bridge.  I begin my workday there, every day.  It’s not a bad way to start your day.

Fishing is going to get much better.  The water will warm up over the next few days.  Actually, it already has.  We have a fairly good chance for rain over the next 5 days.  Nothing big is moving in or at least I don’t see it now.  The weather is just acting like Spring.  It is going to be very warm over the next 5 day period.

You will probably see some blue wing olives on the water and hopefully trout will be gulping them down.  You should be ready for that with tiny mayflies and light tippet.  Nymphs are working best most of the time.  The fish have been on the bottom enduring the cold water.  But, that should change if the weather predictions are correct.  There have also been some nice brown trout caught in the Little River watershed lately.  And, the fishing in Townsend has been very good.  Some large rainbows have been caught.  These brood fish were stocked by TWRA.  They do that every winter. 

We had 5,785 visitors to the website yesterday.  That is at least 1,000 above normal.  Is it the economy or people getting the itch to fish?  I know where the majority of those people visited on our site but I don’t share that information online.  Only 514 people read the fishing report. 

I am completely re-building our website.  Right now, I’m working on Sage Rods in the Online Catalog section.  Once the online catalog is complete, I will start piecing together the new information pages.  You will see the online catalog changes live.  And right now the rod category looks a little confusing.  The total new website will launch all at one time.  The new site will be wider and have new menus.  The site will be much better for those who use mobile devices and pads.  I have trouble sometimes hitting a tiny link on my iPad2.  That is something I’m working on. 

This is a very busy time for all of us.  Getting ready for Spring is a job.  I’ve been keeping the photography studio busy too.  I almost fell off the ladder that gets me up to the camera in the larger studio.  Yesterday, I decided to haul up a larger ladder to use instead of the little one.  The steps are wider on the big one and there is more to hold on to.  I would hate to break a leg taking a photo of some hemostats or a spool of tippet.  Also, when I’m up there, I have to maneuver around three huge flash units.  They are controlled by a small transmitter mounted on the camera.  They all flash at the same time, wirelessly.  Those flash units are made by a company in Nashville, Tennessee.  I like that because I can get parts or a new head the next day if I need to. 

Without studio photography capability, our online catalog could not exist as it is.  Our smaller studio setup is only used to photograph flies.  Instead of a ladder, I sit in a chair.  I like taking pictures of flies, especially the chair part.  Our flies are suspended in mid air.  I showed a fly manufacturer our setup and explained the process.  He said, “So that’s how you do it”.  The idea probably was not mine.  I have noticed other companies are doing it now.  Placing a fly in mid air requires a lot of computer work, not a lot of photography skill.  You do need a lens that shoots at F32 to get good depth of field.

Well, I wish I were going fishing with you all today.  Enjoy this East Tennessee Spring weather.  And, stop by to watch Jack and Rob.

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

Byron Begley
January 7, 2012

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