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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is windy, raining and 70 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Windy is an understatement.  It is extremely windy.  We are under a tornado watch right now.  Straight line winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour are possible.  We may get snow tomorrow night.  Did I mention it is 70 degrees right now?

Little River is flowing at normal, 287 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 281 cfs.  The water temperature is 52 degrees.

This would be a great day to fish if it were not so dangerous to be out in the wind.  Do not go into the mountains today.  You could be trapped on a road or have a tree fall on you.  I’m serious, it’s bad out there.

It was dark when I came to work this morning.  Now that we have some daylight, the skies look worse.  Bad day in the Smokies.

I checked the generation schedules on our local tailwaters.  TVA plans to generate all day at Norris, Cherokee and Douglas dams. 

I guess I’ll work on the website.  Daniel will be ordering fly tying materials.  We don’t expect many customers today.

Steve Samples came by yesterday.  Steve is a County Commissioner who owns a video production company.  Steve has done so much for our County I would do anything for him.  You may know him.  He has been the auctioneer at the Troutfest banquet for several years.  He does not charge us to do that.  Steve does a lot of free stuff. 

Steve is working on a video for our County, one that will be used by the Industrial Development Board (IDB).  He is working on a series of short films to be used to recruit businesses to our County.  He picked up a CD of the bald eagle video I shot a few weeks ago.  He plans to chop a few seconds of that eagle out of my footage and edit it into his latest film.  I can’t wait to see that.

I’m going through several hundred pages on our website and overhauling them.  They are the pages in our fly department.  I’m shooting some new photographs too.  We have a new setup in our studio that does a better job taking pictures of flies.  My plan is to shoot the photos, then take the new images home and work on the pages at night. 

Writing script or “content” is the hard part.  Content is important to you and the search engines.  I was up at 5:20 this morning and wrote two scripts while I was waiting for the coffee to perk.  I just type script into a word document the e-mail it to myself so I don’t have to mess around with hard drives or zip drives.  Those words are here now.  All I have to do is copy and paste them into the html code in the online store.

At this time last year, Spring was about to come.  We didn’t know it at the time.  The Spring hatches were only two weeks away.  They are only a few weeks away this  year.  Of course we don’t know exactly when they will begin.  Water temperature drives that.  We have some cold weather coming tonight with a low around 30.  Nighttime temperatures will dip into the mid to low 20’s tomorrow night and Friday night.  So, Winter isn’t over yet.  It won’t be long.  That is why we are working so hard on the fly section of our online store. 

We plan to update our online store software in a few days.  You won’t notice the changes much.  But, they will be there.  We will know.  Keeping up with online technology is not something I ever considered 18 years ago when we bought this store.  I guess I had not even heard of the internet. 

The wind is blowing harder and the rain is coming down like you would not believe.  This is one of the worst storms I have witnessed from this office to date.

Don’t forget, Mike Adams and Tim Ivey will be tying Saturday.  This is a free demonstration beginning at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  All you have to do is show up.

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

Byron Begley
January 30, 2013

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