Townsend, Tennessee
December 16, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is frosty, foggy and cold this morning.  Human activity in our town is very low.  That is usual this time of year.  Little River is dropping in volume and temperature.  The flow is still way above normal at 411 cubic feet per second.  The water temperature is 42 degrees.  It’s going to get colder and we may have some snow to talk about this weekend.  That would be nice.

I think the fishing will be slow.  You might find a hungry brown trout with a large nymph or streamer but for the most part the trout are going to be hunkered down.  You might try fishing Abrams Creek this week.  The water is warmer there due to the springs feeding the river.  But for the most part, fishing in the Smokies is going to be tough.

The tailwaters should be fishing fine if you can catch the generation schedule you want.  That may be hard to do, especially if you are wade fishing.

I heard some sad news this morning.  Jack (1 weight) Miller passed away.  Jack has been an old friend of mine for years.  I don’t know how many.  He was a funny guy and he almost always used a 1 weight fly rod.  He lived in the Nashville area and has been very much involved with Middle Tennessee Fly Fishers.  I will miss Jack and my prayers go out to his family and other friends.  So long old buddy.

I’ve spent much of the last two days researching Google.  Google is or will be the largest, most powerful marketing tool in the world until something else comes along.  It is complicated to work with.  I’ve started playing with buying Adwords.  I have found that our website should be changed to be more efficient with the big search engine.  The more I learn the more effective we’ll become in our marketing efforts.  There is always something new to learn. 

I remember when all you had to do to reach your market was put an ad in the newspaper.  Heck, I’ve even used radio.  Since I was in the printing business for 30 years, I did a lot of direct mail.  We still do some now.  We used to print catalogs and send them to customers.

The internet changed all of that.  Now we can reach hundreds of thousands of customers or potential customers at a tiny incremental cost.   Of course, this is going to be the demise of print-advertising as we know it today.  I wonder if there will be print-advertising in ten years.  If someone is born today and you ask them ten years from now something about a magazine, are they going to know what you are talking about?  I don’t know.  Time will tell.

I wonder what television will be like in ten years.  It may be called something else or maybe it won’t exist.  Programming may be narrowcast to us through our computer.  I was looking at the new Apple 27” iMac last night. For those who don’t know about Apple Computers, the iMac is a computer and monitor built into one box. Mine is a 24” which seems big.  The new 27” machine sells for as little as $1,699.  That’s steep but a Mac Pro with a 30" monitor costs a lot more than that, around $5,000.  I bet they will be selling a 30” iMac computer in a year for $1,699.

Ever wonder how fast the internet will be in ten years.  At the shop we have a T1 line.  The transmittal speed is 1.5 MB per second, up and down.  That was fast.  At home we have cable.  I think it transmits up and down at about 6 MB per second, maybe more. I’ll have to run a Speakeasy Test there tonight and find out. 

But I’ve heard they are testing a cable system in Chatanooga that can download 50 MB per second and upload 12 MB.  That is screaming!   And, it may be available in our area very soon.  Website designers are going to love that.  They can load up a page with plenty of Flash animation and it will run smooth. We try to keep Flash animation to a minimum on our site so the pages load fast.  We have never had it on our home page until about a week ago.

It’s mind-boggling!  I think I’ll go tie a fly.

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

Byron Begley
December 16, 2009

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