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We have a 100% chance for “heavy thunderstorms” today. They have already arrived and did at about 4 am this morning.
There is a good chance for rain every day through July 9th. Highs will be in the 70’s to 80’s. Lows are predicted to be in the 60’s.
LITTLE RIVER CONDITIONS
At 6:24 am, Little River is flowing at 63 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.28 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 108 cfs. The water temperature is 68.4 degrees. The water level in Little River and probably other streams in the Smoky Mountains are rising quickly.
Weather radar indicates more heavy thunderstorms are moving in our direction and should arrive in a few minutes.
FISHING IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
I don’t know what to say. We need this rain in the worst way. It appears we may get plenty today. The streams may be blown out. I just don’t know at this point.
If you plan to fish today, watch the USGS gauge by using the link to the left and down. If Little River’s gauge reading reaches 2.5 feet, the water may be too high to fish and it may rise further. Expect stained water too. These storms seem to be following the North Carolina State line, and to the West.
Watch for rising water and flash floods. I will update the flow reading before finishing this report. I can hear thunder right now.
If this predicted rain actually happens, over the next 10 days, we will be set for some excellent Summer fishing in the Smoky Mountains, at least in the short term.
TAILWATER AND LAKE FISHING
Well, I would not want to be in a boat on the lakes right now. My advice is, keep your options open, and go when we get a break in the weather. If you are planning to fish on a tailwater this week, the same applies. You don’t want to be in or on the water during a thunderstorm. We should have plenty of opportunities to fish this week. We just need to be flexible.
Here come the thunderstorms!
CHANGING MY LIFE
It occurred to me last year, I’m getting older, quickly. I have spent my entire adult life, owning a business continuously, over 40 years. During that time, I have always worked 50 to 60 hours per week. I hardly ever take off two days a week, usually one. July 11, I will turn 64.
I have also spent much of my adult life, serving on boards, committees and doing a lot of volunteer work.
I love working and volunteering, but both have made it hard for me to enjoy my favorite pastime, fly fishing. Time commitments, made in advance, often knock me out of the best day of the week to fish. Our sport is weather dependent. Paula and I like to fly fish from a boat. What I’m trying to do is make my life more flexible, so when that perfect fishing day arrives, I can drop everything and go.
I love working and hopefully always will.
So, here is what I’ve done. First, I won’t be doing any more volunteer work. That usually involves a time commitment made in advance. I’m helping a fellow TU member tomorrow, finish something we started months ago. Tomorrow will be my last volunteer day. Yesterday, I told someone from another non-profit, that I won’t be involved in the future. She took me off the list and she understood completely. I let the business community know about my plan. I don’t hear from them anymore.
My work will be flexible. I’m trying now, to work only 50 hours per week. You know, by reading this report, I start my work day early, usually around 6 am. By the time our store opens at 9 am, I have always worked 3 hours. Usually, when I get a day off, I still work at least 2 hours, mostly writing this fishing report.
I’m having a hard time cutting back to 5 days per week, and taking off at 3 pm. I am working at home more, and that is more productive, since business people don’t call me here and I won’t use a cell phone. I have one. Nobody knows my cell number and if it rang, I would not know how to answer it.
I don’t talk to anyone in the fly fishing business, except our staff, and haven’t for a while. If they can’t handle it at the store, it won’t get handled.
The bottom line is, if my plans don’t work out, I’ll retire. I really don’t want to do that.
New warmwater flies are arriving every day. Daniel told me some Tequeely’s arrived yesterday and more are on the way. We buy them from Orvis. They have been out of stock for a while.
We received some Puglisi flies and we will keep them in stock. We buy basic white flies, then using markers, doctor them up to look like threadfin shad. I tie my own Puglisi shad patterns, and add the color to the white flies. They work like you would not believe, anywhere you find threadfin shad.
We should get an order of poppers from Boogle Bug today. Dan and I will build our warmwater fly list this week and order more. In a couple of weeks, we will place 2016 orders for Stealth Bombers. We didn’t get any this year. Our supplier was always out of stock. So, we’ll build up a large inventory to get us through the Fall and all the warm months next year.
Warmwater fly fishing is growing. Anglers are learning they have excellent warmwater fishing near home. We are preparing for future growth. By back-stocking larger numbers of warmwater flies, we hope to meet the demand in the future, without interruptions.
Little River is flowing at 82 cfs right now, up from 63 cfs earlier this morning. The USGS gauge indicates the river is still rising sharply.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
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