Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 63 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Now that feels good.  I came to work at 7:45 am and there was a surprising amount of traffic on the streets and Highway 321.  Usually at that time of morning the traffic is light.  I probably saw 50 cars, trucks and campers on my way here.  It might have been less but no more. 

Little River is extremely low.  Flow is 67 cubic feet per second right now.  Median flow for this date is 163 cfs.  May was a dry month.  I did not talk to many anglers yesterday but the reportS from the weekend were, “fishing is good” and I heard it over and over.  I can’t believe the fishing is holding up.  Most people who are catching trout know how to fish low water.  I talked to Steve Moore yesterday.  He runs the fisheries department at the Park.  He asked me about the fishing.  He warned that if we don’t get some rain soon we will have problems similar to 2007/2008. 

Most fishermen are catching trout in the riffles and faster moving water.  Dry flies are working well.  A Yellow Parachute Adams, Yellow Stimulator, Yellow Neversink Caddis and other Yellow Sally stonefly patterns are the choice of most people right now.  But, many are using the darker mayflies like a Parachute Adams or Thunderhead and doing well.  Green Weenies are working well again for some anglers.  One guy told me this weekend he caught nothing on the Green Weenie dropper but caught plenty on the dry fly.  Maybe his dropper was not getting down enough.  Other terrestrials such as ants and beetles are working too.  They will continue to do that until the first freeze in the mountains.

It looks like the weather pattern will change soon.  The average high in Townsend according to is 82 degrees in June.  We are experiencing highs in the 90’s.  The average low is 57 degrees.  What we are having now is highs in the mid to high 60’s.  The same website predicts highs in the 80’s starting Friday.  And, the chance for rain will increase over the weekend.  Lows will still be in the 60’s if this forecast holds true.  Temperatures will still be higher than normal, but cooler than they have been.  If we get some rain the fishing conditions will improve.

Yesterday was a crazy day.  Our problems started about a week ago.  We had a power outage in this area of town due to a fuse that failed, probably because a bird or squirrel hit the wrong wire and got fried.  After that, our phones started dropping calls.  Technicians seemed to have fixed the problem.

Keep in mind that our whole business is dependent on the working conditions of our full T-1 line.  It handles our phones and internet service.  Without phones or internet we can’t talk to you, process charge cards, we have no security, we can’t sell fishing licenses and we can’t download your internet orders.  We have 8 phone lines.  Only four are for voice.   

Yesterday, it all went down in the afternoon.  We could not do hardly any work or handle transactions.  I stayed here until 6:45 pm last night waiting for the lines to start working again and they did.  I drove over to the bank next door and talked to the guy from AT & T.  The power outage a few days ago started the failure process.  Then yesterday afternoon the switch that controls the lines in our area just blew.  I saw it.  

There is a box that is about 5 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 4 feet high near the bank.  He had the door open.  It looked like a huge computer inside.  He told me that this box only handles a few business’ data.  In our small area we have the post office, the bank and us.  He showed me which T-1 data connection is ours and those that serve the other two buildings.

So that one failure from that big box only effected about three buildings.  We all have T-1 data lines.  We all are dependent on those data lines and imagine, how could you run a bank or a fly shop/mail order business in today’s world without fast data lines.  A fiber optic line runs along the road in front of all the buildings on this side of the highway.  I remember one day that line was severed somehow.  A T & T erected a small tent, people stayed in there wearing white coveralls for three days and most of the town had no data or phones for three days.  That was about 10 years ago.  The severed line was right in front of our store. 

But, everything is running now.  I started gathering data and writing the fishing report at 8:00 am and it is now 8:32, and I’m finished.

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

Byron Begley
June 7, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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