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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is extremely foggy and 63 degrees in Townsend.  Wow, it feels good outside. It is beginning to feel like Fall.  This weekend is going to be even cooler. 

Little River is flowing at 77 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 144 cfs. The water temperature at 7:55 am was 67.3 degrees. Thunderstorms are likely tomorrow and into the evening. 

Anglers are telling us the flows in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon are higher than they are in the Little River.  The scattered thunderstorms we’ve had over the past few days have pounded that area of the park with rain.  Anglers are also telling us the fishing is good in the Smokies.  It should be.  The water conditions are good and getting better.

It is going to be Sunny today with a high temperature in the mid-80’s.  The rain comes tomorrow then it is going to get much cooler.  Low temperatures Sunday and Monday night are expected to be in the 50’s.

Rain and cooler temperatures will improve the trout fishing even more.  This long awaited cool and wet spell is upon us right now. 

Trout will be taking dry flies and nymphs.  Terrestrials are a good choice.  Try a beetle for the dry and a Green Weenie as your sub-surface fly.  Of course, yellow stonefly imitations or yellow attractors like a small Stimulator will also be a fly to pick.  Other nymphs including Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince or Tellico will work.  Any reasonable fly should get the trout’s attention.

Fish in the shade today.  If you are not out there right now either fish late today or find shaded water.

The tailwaters are fishing well for smallmouth bass.  Some good fish have been caught lately.  Most of the trout areas in the tailwaters are fishing well too.  I’m getting great reports from the South Holston.  A angler fishing with conventional tackle caught a brown trout in the Caney Fork recently.  It weighed over 20 pounds according to the rumor mill. 

I am not hearing any positive feedback from the lake fishermen, at least from those who fish with fly rods.  Maybe this cool spell will change that soon. 

Well, wouldn’t you know it. Our new Smokies Stream design shirts have hit yet another hurdle.  This is a new design that is awesome.  I have been working on our t-shirt and hat department and I was so excited to be getting these t-shirts. 

This batch of 150 garments have had a tough life so far.  First, the mill shipped these USA made shirts to our store by mistake.  They should have been shipped directly to our printer in Nashville.  We shipped them there.  Our printer, Dragonfly Screen Graphics printed the backs quickly and shipped them to me.  We were reimbursed by the mill for making the shipping error.  We got them on Monday afternoon.  I took them to the embroiderer in Maryville on Tuesday.  OK, we’re back on track.

I got a call from a lady I work with at the embroidery company yesterday morning.  She said the Sheriff Department came into their business, told the employees to leave and had the locks changed.  The owner of the business is absentee.  The bank had foreclosed on the building or the business, or maybe both.  So, our t-shirts are locked up in this building, “seized assets” so to speak. 

But, those assets are ours.  We need our shirts back. My banker started making phone calls to the larger bank to help me out.  This case is being handled by a bank officer in Florida.  I got the name of a man who was driving to Maryville, from another State to represent the bank and the foreclosure procedure.  I called him. He seemed like a nice guy.  He does not work directly for the bank.  His company specializes in foreclosures and is hired by banks.

The lady who works at this very large bank in Florida called me. She told me a representative from their local operations would be at the embroidery company today along with the man who is representing the bank’s interest.  She promised me they would contact me today. 

I have to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that those are our t-shirts, not assets owned by the embroidery company.  I started working on the paper trail yesterday afternoon.  I have the order I placed with the mill.  I have copies of e-mails to and from the mill concerning the shipping error.  I have the paid invoice from the mill.  I have the invoice from our screen printer in Nashville.  I have the UPS shipping notification from the printer.  I even dug the shipping boxes out of our dumpster.  I have a paid invoice from about two weeks ago from the embroiderer.  It describes what that company does for us.

We’ll see how this plays out today.  I can’t force these people to give me the shirts.  They are doing their job and trying to look out for the bank.  I have no leverage, we use a different bank, one of their competitors.

So, I’ll either get the shirts back today or wait several months until the case goes to court.  If that happens I’ll order more shirts this afternoon and start the whole process again.  You are going to like these t-shirts, when we finally get them.

This would have been my only day off in weeks.  I won’t be fishing today.

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

Byron Begley
August 16, 2012  


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