Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and warm in Townsend this morning.  Everything is drenched.  High winds blew through the valley most of the night.  Our gauge indicated 1.33” of rainfall since yesterday morning. 

Little River is running high, fast and it is the color of chocolate milk.  Right now the gauge is reading 5.54 feet.  Yesterday morning the reading was 2.55 feet a difference of almost 3 feet in depth.  Flow is currently 3,030 cubic feet per second.  This set a record for this date based on 45 years of data.  The highest recorded flow for this date before today was 2,100 cfs in 1994.  Median flow for this date is 274 cfs.

So, you can see that the streams are blown out for a few days.  This is a common occurrence.  The river goes up and down.  Fishing was great up until today.  Anglers were enjoying some excellent fishing.  It will be a few days before we get back to that point. 

Some of the tailwaters are generating today but I did notice one window of opportunity at Wilbur/Watauga.  You might keep an eye on those schedules and find some good fishing this weekend on a tailwater. 

I would image most of the lakes are muddy.  I looked at the rainfall numbers early this morning and they got 1.75” there since 1:00 am the day before.  Since 1:00 am this morning the airport shows .76 inches in their gauge.

The good news is, we have good weather with warm temperatures and a low chance for rain for the next few days.  We may get more rain later next week.

The Troutfest website is down.  The Chapter’s webmaster moved the site to another host and the site has not been operating since Thursday.  I’ve been told this new host will have the problems straightened out over time or to be specific, the problem will straighten itself out.  I have not talked to the host myself. It's just not my job or responsibility.

This is a bad time for this to happen.  We mailed 2,400 post cards to some of our customers in East Tennessee advertising Troutfest.  They were mailed yesterday.  Those post cards were designed to drive people to the Troutfest website.  Also, we have over 80 stores in 9 states handing out small cards to their customers to drive them to the website.  I can’t do anything about it.  So why am I worrying about it?

It is worrysome that we have become so dependent on web technology and that such a small problem becomes a big problem overnight. If you think about it, all of our Troutfest advertising directs people to the website, people buy banquet tickets there and they volunteer on the website. Facebook is part of our marketing campaign. I got a call from Joe who handles that. He put out a big post with photos yesterday on Facebook. He got replies from people who tried to visit our site and failed. All of this time, effort and money is being handled by some company out there in cyberspace. And, we don't know anyone who works there personally. I had never heard of the company until yesterday. Remember the days when all we had was the telephone?

I hope this works itself out. If it had been this website our consultant would have been involved Thursday and it would be running because he can go directly to the server and make changes. If our website goes down for 15 minutes we call our consultant and get it fixed. A small entity like a TU Chapter can't afford that kind of backup and support. Or, maybe it can. I talked to our Chapter webmaster just now and he is on top of the problem. He has been talking directly to the host company. They told him the problem would be solved in 4 to 24 hours.

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

Byron Begley
April 16, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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