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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is cloudy and 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We had a brief thunderstorm earlier. 

I got here later than usual, at 8:30 am.  We are remodeling our house.  Jack, one of my best friends, is our contractor.  He comes to work at our house at 6:30 am and walks in.  He’s there when I get home at night.  This morning I walked out of the man cave and there he was in the kitchen.  I said, “Jack, are you still here”.  Of course, we start talking, I get a shower and we talk some more, mostly about fishing.  It’s hard to leave your buddy and go to work.

There was a bad accident on Old Tuckaleechee Road this morning.  Somebody hit a wild turkey.  I think he or she will be labeled a fatality.  It had to be a hit and run.  Nobody was there.  I hate to say it but I slipped away too.  Wild turkeys outnumber the people in our cove, probably 25 to 1.  Thank goodness turkeys can’t vote or hold public office.  I can see it now.  The first thing they would do is abolish turkey hunting.

Little River is flowing low at 67 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.38 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 131 cfs.  I don’t think we’ll see low water for long.  It will probably rain, off and on, for at least 6 days, maybe longer.

If the rain is not heavy, and we have slow soaking rains, this could be the best opportunity for fishing one could have in August.  We should see temperatures in the mid 80’s during the day and the mid 60’s at night for a while.  We have been blessed this year with mild Summer temperatures.  Fishing has been good.

I think fishing will be good in the Smokies today but be on the lookout for rising water.  It happens without warning.  You may not know what is going on higher in the watershed.  Yesterday a customer told me Little River was fairly high while he was fishing.  I thought, “That can’t be right”.  Then he said the water was also stained.  OK, it rained somewhere.  It wasn’t enough to raise the water down here, but where he was, it did.

Yesterday, the Fishing Gauge above was pointing between slow and good.  That’s because the water was low.  Fishing was slow in the lower elevations and very good in the high mountain streams.  Today the gauge is pointing to good.  The water is rising.

I would use nymphs today and fish close.  We’ve got plenty of cloud cover and fog.  I’m looking out at the Great Smoky Mountains right now.  They are not there.  They are hidden by fog.  You can sneak up on the trout when it’s that dark out there and believe me, it’s dark.  That gives the angler the edge.  A green or pink Weenie might be just the fly to use.  Try a San Juan Worm if the rain persists and we have rising water.  Worms get washed into the streams providing food for the trout and they know it.

I was a little disappointed at the voter turnout yesterday.  I appears, about 1,100 people voted in our district.  It was a primary and turnout is usually light.  I’ve missed a couple myself.  Jack, Paula and I voted.  We compared notes last night.  We all did the same thing.  I can’t share that information with you of course.

The world markets have been waiting for something to get negative about.  I think investors found it.  We are going to use fighter planes in Iraq to help them fight the IS and everyone is worried about trade relations with Russia.  Fighting has resumed in Gaza and Israel.

I brought some Knuckleheads in to send to some friends in Walland.  Debbie and David were in yesterday. They have started fishing the lakes nearby in the kayaks.  We don’t sell Knuckleheads now because I quit tying them to sell.  I tied abut 500 last year and sold them all.  Those flies work well on the lakes.

I know a guy who wants to tie them for us to sell.  He is a disabled veteran.  We plan to talk soon.  I’m afraid he doesn’t understand all that is involved in setting up a little business.  It’s almost the same as setting up a larger business. 

You have to get a tax number from the State.  Then, you have to file a sales tax return.  We do it every month.  Since you are making fishing tackle, you also have to file a quarterly federal excise tax return.  All of that is not a huge deal but it has to be done.  If you sell direct to a consumer, you have to charge and pay sales taxes unless the item is shipped out of state. Whether you sell direct to consumers or not, you still have to file a sales tax return.  It can be done online. 

I have to keep track of that stuff every day.  I’m our bookkeeper.  Daniel has to keep track of it too.  He is in charge of all customer related activity including all the transactions.  Right now, mail order is about half our business.  That’s because business is slow in the store.  August is always slow in the store.  This week we have shipped two big orders to Alaska.  We’ve shipped to customers all across the country this week.  Many are people who have been mail order customers for years.  It takes a long time to build a mail order business.  We’ve been at it over 17 years.

We separate our mail order sales into four categories, Phone Out of State (OOS), Internet OOS, Phone Tennessee (TN) and Internet TN.  We have to charge sales tax on shipping too, if it is shipped to TN.  That doesn’t happen often because we don’t charge for ground shipping.  We do charge our actual cost for overnight or some other expedited shipping.

I check each order to make sure tax was charged when it should have been.  Then, when I make the journal entries, those sales are grouped into different general ledger accounts. 

Enough about business!  It is raining hard out there.  It did the same thing early this morning.  We have a new metal roof on our house.  Jack was surprised how different it sounded.  Even with 4 inches of Styrofoam insulation, you can still hear the rain hitting that metal roof.

We may have some awesome fishing in the Smokies or we may see the river’s get blown out.  Time will tell.

UPDATE 1:48 PM - HEAVY RAIN IS FALLING IN TOWNSEND. SINCE THIS MORNING WE HAVE HAD 1" OF PRECIPITATION. RIGHT NOW, LITTLE RIVER IS FLOWING AT 117 CFS WHICH IS STILL BELOW NORMAL. HOWEVER, THE WATER IS RISING QUICKLY. IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO THE SMOKIES THIS WEEKEND, CHECK THIS REPORT AND THE FLOW GAUGE LINK TO THE LEFT AND MAKE A DECISION BEFORE DEPARTING HOME.

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

Byron Begley
August 8, 2014

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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