Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  What a day it is in the Great Smoky Mountains!  This is the last day of February.  The normal high for this date is 56 degrees.  This morning at 7:50 am the temperature was 68 degrees.  Yesterday the high temperature was 70 degrees.  The high today should be in the high 60’s and the low tonight will be in the 50’s.

You know what this means?  Of course you do.  The fly fishing in the Smokies is excellent, especially in the lower elevations.  Doug came by the shop last night around closing time.  He had been fishing all afternoon.  He said it was just like fishing in April.  Bugs were coming off, trout were rising to them and fishing was great. 

The Fishing Gauge is trying to call me a liar.  According to the gauge, fishing is not excellent.  It is between good and excellent.  Maybe, it is taking into consideration the threat of high winds today and severe thunderstorms.  I have yet to figure this device out.  It did not come with a owners manual.  It’s almost always right though.

The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 51 degrees at 7:55 am.  The sprinkles we have here now will turn into rain and maybe some occasional heavy rain.  That warm rain will help us even more.  If the water temperature gets to 58 degrees it will be crazy around here, especially with Spring Break starting in a few days all over the Eastern U.S.  People will be here to fish from the North, where they still have snow on the ground.

Quill Gordons and Blue Quills are what I would use.  I would probably tie on the Quill Gordon dry fly #10 and drop a Quill Gordon wet fly off of that.  And, if I didn’t want the hassle of a dropper, I would just fish the dry fly.  That’s it!  The pattern selection paragraph will be short today.

It’s going to be smallmouth bass fishing for me tomorrow after work.  I’ll be fishing in Little River using a Tequeely, a Stealth Bomber and a Knucklehead.  I might try a black Wooly Bugger.  Those are the four flies I’ll have in my box.  There won’t be anything else. 

Here comes the rain.  I can still see the mountains from here but it’s raining up there too.

I don’t know if you keep track of our website numbers on the left of this page.  Every year I start over, counting the visitors to the site and this report.  In the last 6 months there has been a surge.  One reason is, I get here early and work on this report without interruptions.  I’m the only person here.  Maybe that is paying off.  Out of the 1.3+ million visitors we had on the website last year, only 10% of them visited this page.  That number remains about the same. 

But, the overall attendance on our website and those visiting this report is growing substantially.  I remember when 200 visitors to this page was huge.  Yesterday, 744 unique computers opened this page. I remember when 2,000 unique people visited this website in a day.  Yesterday that number was 4,691.  I don’t know what’s going on but I hope to keep it going.

The Dow finally closed over 13000 yesterday, up 22% since October. That’s good news for all of us. 

I spent most of yesterday working on the little slide show below.  What seemed simple did not turn out that way.  I made the slides.  That part is easy.  I created the slide show and it worked.  But I added a new twist.  On the slide show below you can click on the image and you will open a new window either in the informational part of our website or in the Online Store.  I couldn’t get that to work.  It would not open a new window.  I had the right code or so I thought.  Daniel looked at it a few times to see if he could find anything.  We got it working once then I made a change and it disappeared.

I have to admit I have trouble reading code.  My eyes veer off the line I’m reading and onto another line.  This causes complications for me.  I finally found the problem.  We were missing five “=” (equal) signs.  Now it works and I can change the slides anytime I want to.  I found another problem though.  Last night, I tried it on my iPad.  After you click on one slide the show stops.  I can’t find a refresh button on that tablet.  Computers keep the slide show going.  Something else to work on!

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

Byron Begley
February 29, 2012

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