Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and 53 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The high temperature today is supposed to be 80 degrees.  Now we’re talking!

Little River is flowing strong at 705 cubic feet per second (cfs).  The river height is 3.06 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 225 cfs.  The water temperature is 53.5 degrees.

The water levels in the Smokies streams are dropping.  You could fish today.  I would be careful wading the rivers.  Don’t get out in the swift current.  Some anglers like fishing when the water is this high.  Most anglers don’t.  In two days, the streams will be lower and warmer. 

The warming trend we begin today will be similar to the one we had two weeks ago.  Fishing was great then.  We’ll see high temperatures in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s.  When the water warms, the trout in the Smokies will become more active.  Aquatic insects will be active.  And most importantly, there is almost no chance for rain over the next 7 days.  Perfect!

Smallmouth bass in the lowland rivers will be feed well too.  That happened two weeks ago.  The water levels were normal and the water temps exceeded 60 degrees during the day.  The smallmouth bass fishing was very good, maybe excellent.  That should happen this week too.  I’m getting excited.

The lakes will warm.  We’ll see more bass, bluegill and shellcrackers in the shallow water.  Oh man, I’m really getting happy. 

I think fishing will be best in the afternoons.  Maybe I’m wrong.  One thing is certain, we’ll have some nice hatches of Light Cahills and Yellow Sally Stoneflies in the evenings in the Smokies.  There will be other aquatic insects on the water as well. 

If you go fishing today in the Park, I would wait until late and plan on fishing until dark.  Let the water recede and warm some.  I would also choose a small stream higher up.  My pick would be the East Prong of Little River above Elkmont.  You might get lucky and catch the Green Drake hatch on Abrams Creek.  Go late for the spinner fall.  Since this hatch is so unpredictable, you may not see one bug.  They were hatching one day a week ago.  That might be the end of it.  Or, it may still happen.  Abrams Creek has some awesome evening hatches, especially this time of  year.

So, pick a tailwater, pick a Park stream, choose a lowland river or paddle around one of the lakes.  Launch your fishing boat.  Fishing is going to get good.

Yesterday was crazy around here.  I got in really early, planning to get a lot of stuff done.  We have been having some computer problems so I called our IT folks.  Our guru Eric showed up almost immediately.  I’m going to give a plug for our IT guys, Analytical Systems in Alcoa.  We have been working with them since 1998.  They build our computers, keep the network running and basically keep our business going.  Eric brought in a rebuilt box and installed our point of sale software on it and a new laptop.

Then, our data lines went down.  Our service providers had an awful outage that spanned from South Florida to Ohio and all states in between.  That happened at 11:30.  We have 8 phone lines.  We could not call out and nobody could call in. 

These lines do more for us than verbal communications.  We could not process credit card sales.  Ouch!  We couldn’t sell fishing licenses.  That takes a dedicated line too.  Our security system was non-functioning.  Heck, we could not even report an outage to our service providers.  Their website and phones were down too.  I tried calling them on my “almost never used” cell phone. 

I found their active Facebook page and you would not believe all the nasty things people said about them.  I found it amazing that they got most of their thousands of customers up and running by the end of the day. 

Everything that happened yesterday only reinforces to me, the fact that we rely so much on digital technology, we can have our business shut down completely due to a malfunction. We were basically shut down yesterday. 

At 4:00 pm, I attended a Townsend/Walland Business Alliance committee meeting.  I serve on the website committee with three very intelligent and talented people.  We meet at Bob’s office.  Bob has a computer monitor measured in feet, not inches.

He is a digital technical master of the computer world.  His company installs electric car charging stations.  Bob knows his stuff.  Kathy is the Chair of the Committee.  She owns a bed and breakfast.  She knows all about websites.  She knows a lot more than I do about this wonderful communications tool we are all looking at right now. I sat through a webinar with her once. The last member owns a motel and he is the Mayor of Townsend.  He is young and he is bright.

We make a great team.  We are making great decisions.  We will make a great website.  I’m ready to go fishing!

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

Byron Begley
April 30, 2013

 

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