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 in Townsend, Tennessee.  At 4:55 am, the temperature is 36.9 degrees.  It is going to be cold for a couple of days, with high in the 40’s and lows in the 20’s.  No rain or snow is expected. It will be warmer and dry in a couple of days, through Thanksgiving with high temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Lows will be in the mid to high 30’s.

We had a chance for snow in the mountains last night. I’ll find out if it happened at daybreak. It is always an event at our house, to look out a snow covered mountains. I doubt if we’ll see snow this morning.

Little River is flowing at 291 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.11 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 203 cfs.  The water temperature is 49.1 degrees.

I don’t know how the fishing was yesterday but the afternoon was beautiful.  Fishing may be fair today. Water temperatures will be dropping, especially tonight.  I think fishing will be slow early this week. Hopefully, with the warmer temperatures arriving Tuesday, fishing will improve for the Thanksgiving holiday.

There appears to be a 5-hour period of no generation on the Holston River below Cherokee Dam this afternoon.  Check the TVA Website and see if their schedule works for you. Norris Dam will be in generation mode most of the day. Check the site yourself.  Don’t rely on my information. Everything is subject to change.

Two families, we know, spend Thanksgiving week, camping at Cades Cove.  They have done that for I don’t know how many years.  I do know, they have done that for at least 20 years, as we met them early on when our store opened.

We have watched them upgrade from tents to travel trailers over the years. Now, the elders of the group, who are my age, are camping in large motor homes.  They have endured hostile weather at times. One year, it was so cold, they came to the shop looking for a source for firewood.  I hooked them up with one of our neighbors.  They had a truckload delivered to their campsites. That was long before the non-certified ban on firewood in the Park. 

Thanksgiving week is always fun in Townsend, for those who visit here and for us who live here. Thanksgiving in Townsend is a tradition for many people. Fishing is not always good.  Campfire sitting is usually outstanding.

When I was a kid, growing up in central Kentucky, Thanksgiving always included some kind of hunting on the farm, before the holiday feast.  Fathers and sons, where we lived, went rabbit hunting.  If there was snow on the ground, all the better. We did not have many deer back then. But, there were plenty of rabbits. 

Sometimes, we would hunt in groups of several people and beagle hounds.  My rabbit dog was a short beagle named Suzie.  She was related to some of our neighbor’s hounds, so, when we got them together on Thanksgiving, it was a treat for the dogs as well as for us. The dogs spent the holiday with their family too.   

I get to sleep in Thursday. I can’t wait. We don’t write the fishing report on four holidays, and three of them are coming up soon.  This fishing report requires that I rise early, even on my day off. This one page is important to our store and hopefully to you.  This page has been visited 205,476 times this year, so far. This website has been visited by 1,280,196 people this year, through yesterday.

I really appreciate all of you who visit our site and read the Fishing Report. I hope you find the information helpful and entertaining at times. I’ve been doing this on a daily basis, since 2007 or earlier.  It’s kind of become a habit.  Daniel writes the report when Paula and I are on vacation. 

Dan Munger and I worked on three pages yesterday.  He and I communicate by e-mail.  Dan is an excellent writer. We added some Korkers wading boots to the online store. Dan wrote the content.  You can see those pages by CLICKING HERE. We have these boots in stock and they are awesome.

It is important to have your own content on pages. Plagiarism is not acceptable to search engines. They value unique content and index your pages higher, if you have your own words on the page.  There are many rules and techniques associated with what is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  Having a successful website, depends on how seriously you research and utilize SEO. 

Writing is the hard part, the time consuming component, of website development. The rest of it is quick and easy. Photography takes a lot of time too, but these days, many our manufacturers have excellent photography, that fit our look, on our website.  Korkers is one of those companies.  I downloaded their images in high resolution from their FTP site.

I worked on our website for 9 hours yesterday.  I always stop working at 4 pm (our time) and play my guitar for an hour.  When I say “our time”, what I mean is, Paula and I are still on daylight savings time.  I stopped working at 3 pm “your time” if you are in the Eastern time zone. 

We didn’t “fall back” our clocks last month.  So, after playing guitar for an hour, I still have 1 ½ hours of daylight left, to go outside and mess around.  On the other hand, when I rise at 5:30 am, which is normal, it is really 4:30 am for everyone else in our time zone. This is an experiment, and so far, I like it. It is still dark outside this morning, and I’ve finished writing the Fishing Report.

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

Byron Begley
November 22, 2015

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