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 still dark but I can tell the sky is clear and the temperature is 35 degrees.  This is going to be a beautiful day, sunny and 67 to 69 degrees.

All major roads are open in the Park today.  Most opened yesterday.  The most reported snowfall this weekend was 22 inches in the Smokies.

Little River rose due to snow melting in the mountains.  Right now, flow is 148 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.71 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 111 cfs.  The water temperature is 43 degrees, far lower than the 58 degree reading a week ago.

We are seeing a lot of fishermen in the shop, more than I would expect.  Dan caught trout Saturday on dry flies. I would not have expected that either.  He caught them on nymphs too. 

We should see the water temperature climb some this week, especially today and tomorrow.  I say that, not knowing how much snow will be melting high up and what effect that will have on some streams below.  So, you may encounter cold water or warmer water depending on where you are.

Try nymphs, weighted and down.  Or, try a dry and dropper.  Give an Orange Stimulator a shot.  For some reason they work well in the Fall.

Fishing is very good in the stocked section of Little River.  Anglers are catching trout up to 20”.  Stocked trout are packed in and hungry.  Nymphs or Wooly Buggers will produce.  You might try a bead head midge pupa under an indicator too.

We are preparing for Fly Tyers Weekend.  Everything is running very smoothly.  It got here quickly too.  We’ll do one more e-mail blast.  Mike and I will measure the facility and do a drawing Thursday for placement of the fly tyers desks.  I’ll make name tags for the tyers.  Mike, James and I will set up Friday.  Saturday morning, the show will begin at 9 am. 

The weather looks pretty good for the event.  Right now, there is no snow in the forecast.  It will probably rain Sunday.  Snow in the mountains is a possibility Sunday.  It should be fine down here unless the forecast changes.

There are some changes in the schedule.  I had Gary Troutman tying on Saturday.  That was a mistake I made.  He will be tying Sunday.  Tradd Little will be tying all day Saturday, but he decided to tie Sunday afternoon too.  Those changes have been made in the schedule below.  There will be some other changes with Dave Carson and Jeff Barrett that are not noted on the list below.

I’ve been exchanging e-mail with Ben Kurtz.  He and his brother Will own half of Fishpond.  Ben has been working for the company for several years.  They have made a lot of color and design changes in the big line of fly fishing products.  They have also added many new products.  I’m in the process of updating the Fishpond Products pages on our website, including our future online store that I’m building now for release next year.  We also have a Fishpond specific website.  I think I can get the Fishpond changes made in a week or two, just in time for the holidays.

Writing this Fishing Report is time consuming.  It takes about an hour and a half every day, 7 days a week.  If I had known decades ago, that I would be doing this, I would have taken English more seriously in high school and college.  It never occurred to me I would be writing this late in life or any time during my life for that matter.  This job just evolved.

I put this report together early in the morning, way before the store opens.  I do it on my day or days off too unless I’m on a fishing trip.

I think this began in 2006 or 2007.  The archives go back to 2007.  I remember when we had 100 readers a day and I was excited about that.  Now that number ranges between 500 and 800 per day on this page alone.  Yesterday, 659 different people clicked on this page.  That does not include the number of visitors to the archive pages.  That is a significant number too.  I think many people find those pages doing searches in their browser.

What is even more amazing to me is how many people visit our website.  Last year we had 1,515,640 visitors who clicked on 19,215,911 pages.  Many of those pages were the online store and the message board.  This Fishing Report is a very small percentage of the total.  Most visitors don’t click on this page.  I think I can change that.  I know I can.

But, several thousand people visit this page every week and some visit almost daily.  So, I’ll keep doing this.  I would be crazy to stop and I enjoy doing it every morning.

I’ve decided to spend almost full time on our website to grow our business in the future. “Almost” full time for me is 40 hours a week.  I know for a fact it will pay off for us.  Who would have thought, in 2007, how many people would be carrying a computer, capable of accessing the internet in their pocket.  I didn’t see that coming back then. 

The time consuming part of website maintenance and expansion is writing.  Photography is another time consuming part of it.  I guess I’ll spend the rest of my life doing a lot of typing and shooting pictures.  I can do that even when I get “really” old unless my mind goes.

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

Byron Begley
November 4, 2014

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