Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Where did June go?  It’s gone.  Traffic is kind of brisk around town.  There are plenty of visitors here enjoying the mountains.  It was very cool this morning when I came to work.  At our house it was 64 degrees. The next few nights are going to be that way.  Then the heat wave will return.

Little River is low, about half normal for this date.  The flow is currently 63 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal is 119 cfs.  There is no rain in sight.  Remember the Drought Monitor?  I referred to it often during 2008 and 2007.  It’s back on my radar and showing that we are abnormally dry.  But, the U.S. Drought Outlook does not indicate any future bad news for us.  Maybe we are going to be OK.

Finding good places to fish in the Park will require some searching.  Most of the low elevation streams are going to be crowded with people and warm.  You will need to fish a little higher, early in the mornings and late in the evenings.  I would go into the backcountry where the streams are smaller and shaded.  Fish the moving water, the riffles and the pockets.  The trout will be hiding there.  Use small yellow dry flies, terrestrials or nymphs.  Try a Green Weenie.

Our business is good.  We were up 16.98% over last year in June.  We needed a good month like that to boost my spirits.  Last June was unusually slow.  Last May was unusually good. 

Owning a business is a lot harder than it looks.  I’ve done it all my life and I’ve seen it all.  But, I’ve never seen tougher times than we have experienced since late 2008.  This long recession is unprecedented.  It is different from those before.  Last year our business was down 6%.  I remember most recessions as times with no growth but I don’t remember business ever being down.  I remember the good years with growth from 10% to even 20%.  Right now I’m trying to figure out how to get us back on that growth wagon.  It’s a lot more fun.  I think we have the answer, there is just a problem of getting it done.  We’ll be working on it. 

There are many outside influences that are out of a business owner’s control.  The economy is one.  Weather is another.  Disasters like the oil spill are out of our control and have the potential to affect our business adversely and do a lot more damage to other people’s lives.  A lot of our customers live on the Gulf or nearby.  A lot of our customer’s orders go to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.  Customers who live there visit here.  We are seeing a lot of Florida customers right now.  Paula commented on that yesterday.

I hope we get this oil spill under control soon with minimal impact on our fragile coastal environment.  I want to be able to visit the Gulf next year, go fishing, talk to those fine people who live there and see prosperity.  They all deserve a break.

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

Byron Begley
July 1, 2010   

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