Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy, windy and 67 degrees in Townsend this morning at 8:00 am.  Some weather websites are disputing my claim.  The National Weather Service reports the current temperature to be 49 degrees. reports 52 degrees.  My made in Mexico Chevy Truck indicates 67.  I can tell you, I stood on the banks of Little River a few minutes ago wearing a T-shirt, and I believe my truck.

Little River’s level is dropping for now.  Flow is 575 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 361 cfs.  The water temperature is an amazing 50 degrees.  That same thermometer also corroborated the air temperature reported by my Chevy.  There is rain coming this way, possibly heavy rain.  That will start today and end sometime tomorrow.  Tonight, the weather forecasters are calling for heavy rain.

Fishing should be very good today.  Watch out for the wind and swift current.  The water temperature is conducive to good fishing for trout.  A trout’s metabolism is driven by water temperature.  At 50 degrees they get active.  Optimum is 58 degrees or around that number.

Use nymphs fished heavily weighted.  Watch for aquatic insects hatching and trout feeding on the surface.  A lot of local people have switched to spinning rods so they don’t have to wade in the strong current.  They are reporting very good catches. 

There have been some great trout caught this winter in the Little River watershed, one that I know of was a brown that exceeded 30”.  Lots of fish in the 20” plus range have been caught.  Brown trout of those proportions are usually caught during the Fall or Winter.  They lay low and hide during the day on bright sunny Summer days when the water is lower.  They come out to feed at night when it is illegal to fish in the Park. During the Winter when the water is higher and they are not being pestered by anglers, they feed during the day.  That is not to say you won’t catch a large brown during the Summer or Spring.  You can and maybe you will.

I almost always have a good day at work but yesterday was a rare exception.  I couldn’t do anything right.  For one thing, we disconnected our network from the internet because our firewall was conflicting with our data provider’s T1 connection.  As a result, only one computer can be hooked up to the internet at one time.  This happened around January 5th, I ordered new equipment and service from our provider and a comedy of errors have caused this problem to persist.  That is supposed to be corrected today if the firewall box comes in. 

We are all busy getting ready for Spring.  I’m overhauling our website.  This has been a major inconvenience.  I was in a hurry to get a e-mail advertisement out to people on our list.  First, I left out the boxes that you see on our website in the background.  I misspelled flyfishing.  And the worst mistake was Sunday’s date.  I typed the 28th and not the 29th when our Simms event will be held.  The e-mail went out to several thousand people with the wrong date and it looked awful. I got two e-mails from customers right away telling me the date was wrong.  So at about 5:15 pm a corrected and edited short version of the newsletter went out again, this time with the right date. 

Our business is very dependent upon digital services.  We file our payroll taxes and sales taxes online.  Orders from customers arrive online.  Credit card transactions, fishing license sales, gift card transactions, fire and theft security are all transmitted on digital lines.  Our online catalog is built online.  This report is sent to our server every morning and it is available to you online.  Our advertising is all done online.  Our shipping is arranged for online.  We place our orders to manufacturers online.  We communicate with customers online. Over 1 million people visit our website in a year, online.

We pay over $700 per month for these services not including fees charged by credit card companies, the gift card company and our security company. And that does not include the hardware which we have always paid cash for.  We have 9 computers in the building plus the small computers that handle other stuff.  Our telephones, all seven lines come through the T1 connection.

Any interruption is a problem.

We got an online order yesterday from the son of a very famous person.  That person is so famous, if you are 30 years old or older, I know you have mentioned his name many times.  You have seen him on television.  The order was for fly fishing tackle to be shipped to Las Vegas. That was a bright spot in our day.  If you are reading this, thank you sir. It is greatr to have you as a new customer. 

If  it were not for all this digital stuff, that would never have happened.  So, I guess it’s all worth it at the end of the day.

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

Byron Begley
January 26, 2012

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