Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is cold, in the low 20’s.  Snow is falling again, covering the re-frozen water underneath.  Conditions are pretty rough here.  Paula and I are the only people working today.  I’ve been here every day since January 1st. 

The weather is just not letting up.  County schools are closed for the 4th day.  Maryville and Alcoa City schools are closed.  This is their third day to close in a row.  This has not happened since the blizzard of 1993.  I remember than one well.  I was building my house.  I drove out to check on things.  There was over 30” of snow on the ground there.  In the Park snow depth was around 4 feet with much deeper drifts.  I guess this is the second worse snow and ice event we’ve had since I have lived here.

When I got home last night I parked down near Old Cades Cove Road and walked to our house.  Paula and I walked down to the truck and crept to work this morning.  The road conditions are poor. 

I talked to one fisherman yesterday and he said the fishing was slow.  That’s about it.  We had a few customers yesterday but most were not going fishing. 

Little River is flowing below normal.  Currently flow is 221 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 323 cfs.  I did not take the water temperature this morning.

Better times are not far ahead.  We’ll have highs in the 20’s and lows in the teens until Friday when the heat wave arrives.  The high Friday will be 36 degrees.  Then they are predicting the highs will be in the 40’s for the next few days.  I am ready for some of that!

I’ve been learning to make fly tying video.  Equipped with a new, low priced, high definition camera and my Mac at home loaded up with the latest software, I am surprised at the results I’m getting.  The camera is mounted on a clamp right at my chest while I’m tying.  Behind the vice is a sweeping gray background.  I can hit the record button when I’m ready to tie then turn it off right in front of me.  It’s easy. 

The camera is a JVC Everio with a 120 gig hard drive.  The video format is H264.  I read a lot of information about this camera and the compatibility with Mac computers.  It sounded like a lot of people were having trouble matching up these devices but a few reported no problems.  I took the plunge, bought the camera and my Mac loves it.  It is fun making tying video and watching it in high definition.  I had never seen that done before. 

I don’t know what will come from all of this.  I may go nowhere with it or you may be seeing my hands and other people’s hands tying flies some day.  After shooting and loading the video the “voice over” comes last.  I’m not the right guy for that.  I do have the technology figured out.  We’ll see where it goes.


Be here Saturday at 10:00 am.  Hugh will be tying for you.  This is a FREE fly tying demonstration.  Hugh is an expert and many of you know of him or know him personally.  Hugh guides in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on area tailwaters.  Hugh will tie between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday January 15th.

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

Byron Begley
January 12, 2011

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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying

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