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 chilly outside, 62 degrees.  It will be daybreak soon.  The weather forecast has changed since yesterday morning.  Now it seems, we should expect thunderstorms today and tonight.  I hope it happens.  The streams are getting lower again.  After tonight, we will have a dry period unless the forecast changes again.

Little River is still flowing above normal at 91 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.49 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 76 cfs.  The water temperature in the river below the confluence of the three prongs is 64.2 degrees.

Fishing is good but you need to stay hidden from the trout.  Today will probably be partly cloudy.  If the sun is shining, seek shaded water.  They say the rain chance will begin later this afternoon.  Fishing today may be very good.  I would use a dry fly with a Green Weenie dropper.

Night temperatures will drop into the 40’s tomorrow and Tuesday.  The high tomorrow will only reach about 72 degrees.

Excellent fishing is in our future.  October is awesome.  November is too, especially if you like stalking big fish.  Usually, early November is fairly warm.  Some of my friends prefer December over all the months.   

Fall is fast approaching.  The trees at our house are thinning due to leaf drop.  The mountains on the West side of Cades Cove are now appearing from our house.  I worked at home yesterday on our new online store.  At one point I went up stairs and walked out on our highest deck.  It is about 22 feet off the ground to the floor and right in the trees.  I could see the mountains pretty well. This change seems to have happened overnight.

In a few weeks, they will be in plain view from our house from the lower decks and from each room that has an East view. In a way I’m looking forward to it, and in another way, I hate to see Winter come to the mountains. 

Often, during the Winter, it is raining down here and snowing up there.  What we see is a brown valley and white mountains.

Fly tying weather will be here soon.  Daniel is stocking that department well at the store.  We will sell a lot of fly tying materials during Fly Tyers Weekend in November.  Keeping that department stocked is a huge job during the Fall and Winter.

Fly shops had a hard time getting certain Tiemco midge hooks this year.  I don’t know why Umpqua didn’t have them in stock.  When we ordered, they didn’t come.  Fly tying materials are not usually backordered.  That would be an administrative nightmare for us and our suppliers.  There are too many items.  So, if a supplier is out of something, you order again and hope for the best. 

Planning ahead, we need to bring in another brand of midge hooks and stock heavy. 

Today is bookkeeping day for me.  I’ll be at the store for a few hours doing that.  Aside from that chore, I’ll be at home for the next few months working on this online store.  I hope to launch it by the end of the year.

I worked 10 hours yesterday and got a lot more done here, than if I had been at the shop.  Daniel is running everything at the shop.  He hired a new full time assistant manager who will start soon.  Doing the bookkeeping and running the website will be my job.  Everything else will go through Daniel and he is up for the job. 

After 40 years of being the boss, owning and running businesses, it’s time for me to change.  I won’t be the boss anymore.  I’ll still work just a much and probably get a lot more done.  It’s just going to be different for me and Daniel.

The pressure is on both of us to perform. 

At some point, I want to go back to the store and do nothing but talk to customers on busy days.  That would be on weekends.  I love that.  Then, I’ll stay here and maintain the site on slow days.

I could retire anytime I want to.  That is not, and has never been in my plans.  I plan to work until the last day.  I have always enjoyed work.  I love work.

Daniel and his partner, whoever that turns out to be, will own Little River Outfitters.  They will rent the building from Paula and I.  Or, they may buy it. 

What I am doing, is setting myself up, to work from anywhere.  I usually spend a week working on the South Carolina coast in February.  That will continue.  I may work in Florida.  I’m sure I will, a lot.  I’ll work at the little cabin we rent on Dale Hollow Lake.  We love that place.  This bulky, heavy, 27 inch iMac has been in several states this year.  It goes with me everywhere I go. 

All I need is a high speed internet connection and a boat for when I need a break.

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

Byron Begley
September 21, 2014

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