Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast, windy and 33 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It feels like 20 below, or it does to me.  It is nasty out there.  I came to work right at dawn so I can’t tell if the mountains have snow.  There was some frozen precipitation on my truck this morning.  It looked like sleet to me.

I got up at 6:15 am thinking I had overslept.  I went downstairs to the cave and flipped on my computer.  It was 5:15.  I read my clock wrong.  So, I had plenty of time to peruse the news websites.  I can’t say that there was anything interesting to talk about. 

Most of the flags are flying at half-mast,  including ours, to honor those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a tragedy we will all never forget.  Today at 9:30 am the nation will honor those victims with a moment of silence.  Some websites will actually go offline to honor those kids and their teachers who perished needlessly.  I would take our website down if I knew how.

Little River is full to the brim.  Right now, she is flowing at 515 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 211 cfs.  Yesterday, Little River peaked at almost 900 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am today is 44 degrees.

Fishing for big browns is probably good though you probably won’t catch anything.  But, someone one will if a few of the headhunters get out there today.  It is windy so watch for falling branches and trees.

The water is cold but not that cold.  You could probably catch a trout or two using nymphs or maybe a blue wing olive dry fly.  The low tonight is predicted to be 20 degrees then 25 degrees Saturday night.  The water temperature will drop and fishing will slow down considerably.  The stocked trout in town are probably still active.  They are hungry.  They are used to regular meals.  Fishing in town has been good and some of the rainbows are large.

I spent two days, one being my only day off this week, clipping photos of Chota boots.  I shot the photos with Frank who owns the company last Summer using prototypes.  I thought someone else was going to do the clipping.  Clipping means using an Adobe Photoshop method, which outlines an object in the picture, by clicking at several hundred points.  The click points form a line around the object.  You can bend the lines.  To do this the photo has to be enlarged by several hundred percent.  After the object has been clipped, it can be removed from the background, eliminating shadows and noise in the photograph.

After the clipping, the photos have to be retouched and color corrected.  I found out I had to do this on Wednesday at 11:00 for 7 pair of boots with multiple photos of each.  The deadline was last night. I had two days to clip about 30 of the 150 pictures I shot that day.  Daniel was putting those photos on our Online Store as I clipped.  Mark at Chota was using the un-clipped photos on their website until mine are color corrected which won’t happen until I get my hand on those boots.  I need to have a boot sitting on my desk next to my Mac to do the color correction.

Anyway, 7 unbelievable new products from Chota are now in stock at their warehouse and they are working hard to get them out to dealers as fast as they can.  You can see them on our Online Store right now.  You can order them too.  Though we don’t have them in our store yet, if you order the boots, we’ll run to Knoxville and pick up what you want or they can be shipped here next day.  These boots were delayed by a strike on the West Coast. 

I am very impressed with what Chota has done, as usual.  The boots are awesome.  Some are upgraded from older versions.  One boot is completely new.  They are all different in some significant ways from what you have seen.  They are all improved.  After I finish this report, I’ll design some images for the slide show below.

I can see the mountains now.  It looks like there might be some light snow on some of them.  It is probably very light snow clinging to the trees.  There is a 30% chance for snow today.

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

Byron Begley
December 21, 2012
  

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