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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report. It is foggy and very comfortable in Townsend this morning. There was hardly any traffic on the streets earlier and those who were on the roads were moving slow. I stopped at the swinging bridge to take the water temperature. A man and woman were standing on the big rocks casting spinners. Evidently they had caught a couple of trout. That is a good spot to fish. Further upstream, an angler was wading in a flat above a riffle. This week I will start fishing in the river after work.

Little River’s flow is about like it was yesterday morning, approximately 425 cubic feet per second (cfs). I don’t know for sure because the USGS gauge is not transmitting data to their website. This happened not long ago. I contacted USGS and the problem was the website, not the gauge station located just inside the Park. Median flow for this date is approximately 330 cfs, give or take a few cfses (plural). The flat rock I was standing on this morning was right at the water line, exactly where it was yesterday. The water temperature was 58 degrees again at 8:10 am.

Fly fishing is good in the Smoky Mountains. Trout are taking dry flies and nymphs. All the conditions are perfect on the Tennessee and North Carolina side of the Smokies. Go fishing and you will catch trout. I would probably just fish a Parachute Adams in the afternoons. Or maybe I would choose a Elk Hair Caddis. I might drop a Bead Head Pheasant Tail off the dry. In the mornings I would probably fish the nymph without a strike indicator so I could vary the depth on each cast. There would also be a #6 split shot attached to the leader about 6” above the fly.

Craneflies are mating. This is early. I’ll be watching for that on the lake tomorrow. They fall in the water in pairs. The fish go nuts.

I know the smallmouth bass fishing is picking up in the lowland rivers exiting the Park. I am quite sure it is picking up in all the streams in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It’s time. I’m hearing good credible reports. They may not be taking poppers yet but a Wooly Bugger or Crawfish Pattern will work.

I don’t know what’s going on in the lakes. What I read is, the smallmouth bass have moved into the shallow water until the sun gets high enough to shine on the water. Paula and I are going fishing tomorrow on one of the lakes and we’ll be fishing the East side and get there early. After the sun comes up we’ll probably try our luck with bluegill and shellcrackers.

Every morning I look at the website visitation data for this website. Part of that search includes page views for each page. I normally just look at the top 30 pages. To get further down requires a lot of clicking. Yesterday morning I kept on clicking. And what I found out was staggering. There are about a thousand of these fishing reports archived and accessible in the little box to the left. I started archiving the fishing reports on May 1, 2009. You would not believe how many people read these old reports. And, I found some reports were actually opened in 2009. The list goes on and on if I keep clicking. Some pages were opened by 2 or 3 computers different computers way back then. I had no idea. I had never looked before. So, we have 400 to 800 people reading the current fishing report on a given day, and a substantial number of readers going to the archive. I may count them one day just to see how many there are.

I did some research on high-resolution web cam systems this morning for the tourism industry. My alarm goes off at 5:15 am and I get a lot of web browsing in before going to work. One popular system takes still images at a pre-set interval. The cameras cost about $1,100. You need a remote server and a high speed connection. On your web page you can give the viewer options. For instance you can let them choose the resolution they want to view and give those like me who browse in the morning on an iPad the option to see the image without using Adobe Flash. iPads and iPhones don’t recognize Adobe Flash. The images on the sites I saw today were amazing. There was one problem. I found a lot of sites that were not operating for one reason or another. Some even had a statement that told me they were having technical difficulties.

I’m still working on the Wader Department on our online store. I have extended the completion date to April 7. All I have to do is place 3 or 4 more Simms waders in that department, then start writing the category and brand category content. While doing that, I will do the Search Engine Optimization work. Content is an important component of SEO. Next will be Stream & Lake Accessories. Finally, I’ll tackle flies. That’s the “biggie”.

Then, probably in May I’ll start re-designing the main pages. There are about 25 of those and I’ll add probably 25 more. Then we’ll have a nice little site with plenty of information about fly fishing and of course our Online Store. I will keep on archiving the Fishing Reports and that will grow by 360 pages per year.

The Lake Level box to the left is getting a lot of attention from our readers. It takes about 5 minutes to update it every day. You are getting readings taken at about 9:00 am and they are rounded. There is not enough space to give you 1/10ths or 1/100ths. The new website will be wider and there will be more room to do things like that.

Have a great day. It is going to be a beautiful one. Thank you for being here with us. Daniel will write the Fishing Report tomorrow.

Byron Begley
April 1, 2012


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