Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and very windy this morning in Townsend.  The temperature when I left for work was 66 degrees.  I couldn’t believe it.  The high temperature today is supposed to be 67 degrees so we are about there.  I noticed quite a bit of traffic this morning.  I guess a lot of people are heading home.  Townsend has been busy this weekend since Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Little River looks awesome.  The water temperature was 52 degrees early this morning.  Flow is currently 379 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 186 cfs.

Except for the wind, this morning is perfect for fishing in the Smokies.  The water warmed up several degrees since Friday, there is partial cloud cover and the barometer is dropping.  Pressure is low.  The moon is just showing a small slice of the whole.  The water level has dropped to a reasonable level.  Everything is favorable to the angler.

I would use nymphs but be on the lookout for a blue wing olive hatch later.  Get those nymphs down.  Try a Tellico, Prince, Pheasant Tail or Copper John.  Watch for spawning browns or post-spawn hungry fish.  You should do well this morning.  Also, watch for falling branches.  Make short casts in the runs and if the trout are in the tails of the pools just do the best you can without being seen.

We may get a ton of rain.  The weather websites indicate the possibility of ½” tonight and 1 to 2 inches tomorrow.  The rain will persist through Tuesday then change to snow Tuesday night.  We may not get any accumulation in the valley.  I suspect the mountains will.  There is also a chance this storm may miss us or not be as severe as predicted.  We are on the Eastern edge, so far.  Everything is subject to change.

If we do get the heavy rain the rivers will be blown out.  The ground is saturated and the water levels are quite high compared to normal.  Kayakers will be having their fun.  We will be tying flies.

Daniel and I have been working on our website.  My goal is to get more traffic to our home page.  To do that I’m going to change it up often and give people incentives to visit that page.  Below you will see an ad for a Sage rod.  Move your mouse over the ad.  It should get brighter.  The home page is designed the same way.  CLICK HERE.  I saw this trick on the Apple Computer website and did something like that.  I just thought it was cool.  It looks great on my Mac here and the one at home.  But, their monitors are “high definition”, actually higher than “high definition”.  I looked at the images on Paula’s monitor last night and you could barely see the difference.  So, please check this out for me.  Let me know if you don’t see the image get whiter. 

The slideshows we have on our website are created and displayed in Flash.  If you have an iPhone or iPad you probably can’t see them.  There are one or more reasons Steve Jobs did not design those devices to read flash.  First, I think Adobe made him mad.  And, he said Flash eats up battery power.  I’m getting an iPad and will test this stuff.  I want everything to show up on those devices.  I believe Apple will continue to change the way we compute and browse and I am going to make sure our website is compliant.

By the way, I finished the Steve Jobs Biography Thursday morning.  It is one of the best books I have read.  Of course, I’m a Mac guy.  I started buying them in 1984 for the printing shops.  I think I bought 7 Mac computers in one year.

Evidently, Cades Cove has been overrun with people over the past few days.  I heard of trips around the 11 mile loop taking two hours even without bear jams. 

Everyone is upset about those two young guys from our County who allegedly spotlighted bear cubs at night and killed them.  This happened at “Top of the World” not far from here off the Foothills Parkway.  You can read the story by CLICKING HERE and you will probably be upset too. 

Lisa Stewart is the curator for the Appalachian Bear Rescue located a few hundred yards from our house.  I serve with Lisa on the Townsend Planning Commission.  She is really upset.  Right now she has 24 cubs at the facility, mostly orphaned.  I haven’t seen her much lately.  She works 24/7 bottle feeding the little guys and getting food to the larger cubs without human contact.  The cubs, except for the babies live in a large fenced area with each other.

I hunt but have never shot a bear.  The murder of these two cubs was senseless and it is a crime.  It is sickening to me.  We have bears all around us at our home.  They are common.  And they can be destructive too.  But I never thought about shooting one at our house.  It would be pretty easy to do. 

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

Byron Begley
November 27, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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