Townsend, Tennessee
July 22, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cool and breezy.  A large wild turkey stood in our neighbor’s driveway this morning.  I could not tell if it was a hen or gobbler since it’s back was to me.  His or her head was cocked around watching me.

Little River is getting low.  It is flowing below normal at 91 cubic feet per second.  Two years ago on this date it set a record at 47 cfs.  But, fishing is getting more difficult unless you adjust your tactics.  You are going to catch more fish in the riffles.  They are trying to hide in the choppy water.  Hitting pockets with dry flies will work.  Make short casts and try to get a good drift for a few seconds.  The longer you can get a drag free drift the better. 

It is more important than ever to stay low and hidden when the water is this low.  Use light tippet too.  I would choose terrestrials as my daytime patterns.  I like ants, beetles and Green Weenies.  I got an e-mail from a customer yesterday who used a Yellow Jacket pattern that we sell here and did very well.  He dropped it behind a Green Weenie.  Early morning and late evening is best right now.  Most of the anglers I talked to in the past three or four days say they are catching trout but they are working hard for them.  They are not catching as many per hour as they did this Spring or even a week ago.  Fishing has slowed down some. 

We have a 50% chance for rain today.  The water is cool and it’s going to stay that way for a while.  But I would still fish the higher elevations.  On the Middle Prong of the Little River I would fish up near the top.  I got an e-mail from a customer yesterday who fished up there this weekend and did well.  I would hike above Elkmont or drive up Newfound Gap Road and fish Walker Camp Prong and it’s tributaries.  The Park will probably be crowded this weekend so you will do better if you hike in a couple of miles or more above Elkmont. Near the campground there is going to be a lot of human activity.  Probably some bear activity too.  Those critters are showing up everywhere. 

I place a link at the bottom of this page so you can contact me.  I did it to interact more with customers even though they may be hundreds or thousands of miles away.  I think it is a good idea.  E-mail is a wonderful tool for that and many other uses.

I have one problem though.  On our website domain name information, my e-mail address is listed as the primary contact.  Due to that I have always received more than my share of junk mail.  Before we made some changes I was getting 200 to 300 per day.  It took a lot of time to erase them and sometimes a real e-mail was deleted too.  We had a filter installed on our remote server and my junk mail dropped from hundreds to about 20 to 50 per day.  Some still get through.  The filtered e-mail on our server is dumped into a file.  Daniel goes through every few days and deletes them.

Occasionally he sees a non-junk e-mail.  He enters that address on a white list which allows future e-mail from that person to pass through.  Then he moves that e-mail into my box. 

When I open my e-mail I start deleting junk mail.  I look at the title and subject line to make the determination if it should be deleted or not.  I get 30 to 50 e-mail per day and maybe ten are legitimate.  If they are from a customer or reader I answer them all.  Then I move that e-mail to one of my archive files.  I save everything except junk and I’ve been doing it for two years.

Yesterday I got one from a guy who was mad and claimed he had sent me 4 e-mails and I had not answered him.  I looked in my archives for the past two years and couldn’t find one.  Daniel checked the white list and did find his e-mail address so his e-mail was filtered as junk sometime in the past few years.  We don’t know when.  Daniel could not remember, he goes through thousands of them every week.  It could be that I thought his e-mail was junk.  After all his were filtered out at least once by our server, maybe they looked that way to me too.  I don’t know what happened.  I apologized to him.

But I can tell you this.  If you send me an e-mail and I get it and identify it as real I will answer it.  That is why I put my link at the bottom of this page.  If you don’t get an answer either me, Daniel or our server thought it was junk mail. 

By the way, I got more e-mail from people who agree that digital communications should be more friendly than any other topic I have written about. 

I’m watching the markets closely this week.  Maybe this will be the week the Dow hits 9000 points.  Then our 201K’s will start looking more like 401K’s.

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

Byron Begley
July 22, 2009

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