Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a bright sunny day in Townsend.  The wind that blasted us for day has subsided.  People are walking, driving, bicycling and running around town.  They seem happy to be out.  It is a beautiful day.  Many anglers woke up to a river out of it’s banks yesterday morning.  I talked to one group of guys who decided to go home.  Fishing opportunities were limited yesterday.  Wading in most stream was impossible or dangerous.

Little River looks much milder today.  Just by looking it appears to be down over a foot.  I’ll check the numbers and post them later.  I checked.  It’s down almost two feet from yesterday morning.  A couple of young guys were fishing off the big rock below the swinging bridge.  Just yesterday that rock was under water.  The water is clear, but deep and swift.

Flow is currently 1,160 cubic feet per second just below the “Y”.  Median flow for this date is 262 cfs.  The water temperature was 49 degrees at 8:30 am. 

If you go fishing today be very careful.  Wading in the streams could be dangerous.  Stay near shore.  You might check out Anthony Creek in the picnic area and above.  Also, take a look at Laurel Creek that runs along the road to Cades Cove.  They both may be fishable.  They run off quickly.  The West Prong of Little River may be an option too.  Actually all the streams are fishable.  You just need to be careful if entering and wading in the stream.

Before the high water fishing was excellent and it will be again soon.  Trout were taking lots of different dry fly patterns.  As long as it looks like a local meal, they should eat on the surface, especially when the water drops back down.  Today I would try nymphs first.  The water temperature has dropped a little.  It will be warmer later today.

Thank you for the e-mail and calls concerning the Troutfest website.  It is down and has been since Thursday.  Our TU Chapter changed hosts last week.  As you would expect there is downtime when you do that.  I guess the downtime is more than anyone expected.  I found out the host was changed last week but had no prior knowledge that this was going to happen. We can look at the server and see that the site is there.  We can even access it using a different URL.  The problems is the URL is not pointing to the file on the server.  You can see the website by typing  But you can’t see it by typing and that is what we have on all of our printed material.  Maybe when you click the second link it will work for you.  I hope so.

I know, the timing is bad but it is out of my control.  If I could do something I would.  I know for sure that our Chapter’s webmaster is communicating with the Chapter’s new host and has been for several days.  I talked to him yesterday for the first time.  He didn’t sound too happy about the problem either.

This website goes down too.  I bet they all do.  Usually, when we notice it we wait a few minutes before calling our web guy.  Sometimes the server has to be re-booted and the site is down when that happens.  We have slowdowns too.  When there is too much traffic on our site it slows down.  We can look at our server’s activity remotely and live.    We have upgraded to a higher capacity sever several times over the past few years.  I told a couple of guys in an e-mail this morning that our site gets 15 million hits in a year.  That was wrong.  We have had 12.94 million hits so far this year in less than 4 months.  I look at visitor numbers daily and not hits so I underestimated.  We used to have about 15 hits per visitor.  Now it is way over that.  The actual numbers last year were 1,232,041 visitors and 41,699,092 hits. 

Speed is paramount and essential.  You can have a website that works but if it is slow you have big problems.  People won’t stay on and they won’t come back.  I have a boat website I liked to visit at one time.  After encountering a sluggish site I finally gave up.

If our website goes down we lose a lot of money.  And for that reason we pay a lot of money to keep it running well.  I remember one time our site was down for about a day.  It was not completely down, just running very slow.  I went nuts during that time.     

I guess we’ll wait for better fishing in the Park.  The weather is looking better but there is a chance for rain almost every day starting Tuesday.  I’m hoping the tailwaters will be fishable for those who wade and the lakes will get better too.

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

Byron Begley
April 17, 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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