Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 15, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The big winter storm missed us.  We were expecting up to four inches of snow last night and it didn’t happen.  We may get some snow today but by looking at the radar, I don’t see it happening.  The mountains got some snow.  I can see it on the higher peaks but not on the smaller ones closer to the shop. Oh well.

It is overcast, dreary and there is almost no traffic in Townsend.  Around here the Park roads are closed except for lower Tremont Road.  If you plan to fish go there.  Otherwise, 441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, Little River Road, Laurel Creek road to Cades Cove and Foothills Parkway are all closed due to snow and ice.  That does not bode well for people who are celebrating President’s Day and planned to visit the Park. 

We may still get up to 3 inches of snow today.  This thing is not over according to the National Weather Service.  And there is still a winter weather advisory posted by the Service.  So maybe the moisture will come from somewhere and dump on us.  OK, finally, the radar I’ve been waiting for came up on my monitor.  There is some snow headed this way.  It may happen.

Little River looks good.  The water is clear and flowing very close to normal.  The flow rate is 352 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow based on 44 years of data for this date is 325 cfs.  The water temperature in town warmed to 40 degrees, up from 38 two days ago.  Let’s go tubing! 

I’m spending most of my time lately taking pictures of fly rods.  That is probably my most dreaded job.  First, most of them are shiny.  And the glare always seems to cover the writing on the rod.  To overcome this problem I have three big flash units placed about ten feet off the ground shooting down.  That usually takes care of the glare problem.

The second problem is trying to keep the guides on the tip section from disappearing into the white background.

Then I have to remove each section from the background and copy them into two appropriately sized images to place on our Online Catalog.

This process can take up to two hours on a rod unless everything goes well.  Photographing reels, fly lines, flies, luggage, vests and all that other stuff is not a problem.  I can do something like that in ten minutes. 

Right now I’m working on Temple Fork.  I finished Sage last week.  All that’s left after TFO is Orvis.  Temple Fork is shipping me some rods that we don’t usually carry to photograph and load them onto our website.  We have a good relationship with them so if a customer orders something we don’t have, they ship it for us from Dallas, Texas.  It’s the same with Fishpond, Orvis, Chota and some other companies.

But, there are some companies who don’t like to do this and discourage it by charging a big fee.  So, we don’t push their products on the web.  They are missing out on some good business from us.  Lately, half our business is mail order.  They should fix their problem.  I’ve tried to tell them.

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

Byron Begley
February 15, 2010

 

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