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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  I’m here early so it was dark outside when I drove to work.  The sky appeared to be cloudy and the temperature at 7:25 am is 52 degrees.

Little River is flowing at 72 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.48 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 91 cfs.  The water temperature is 51 degrees.

Fishing is actually pretty good.  I talked to some anglers who did not do very well yesterday.  Some anglers saw some huge brown trout.  Others did well.

Josh had two clients, a dad and his son.  The son was 9 years old.  I know he had never fly fished.  I don’t know about the Dad.  Josh said they did great.  The 9 year old caught several trout.  I don’t know any specifics other than they had a great day.  I know some excellent fly fishermen who started the sport at 9 years old.  I waited until I was 11 years old.  Maybe that explains why they are better fishermen than me.

Lake fishing is red hot right now.  I’m hearing that from everyone I talk to.  That suits me just fine since Paula and I will be lake fishing on Wednesday.  The water temperatures have cooled and the bass are near the surface.  Stripers and white bass are feeding on shad near the surface.  I caught a good smallmouth last week near the surface.  It is fly fishing time again on the lakes and it’s about time.  This has been a strange year.

We have a 50% chance for rain today and an 80% chance on Thursday.  We do need some rain.  Streams in the Smokies are not dropping much at all despite the dry weather.  The water table is brimming.  But, at this time of year, rain sets in and the streams are usually higher.  Maybe that is changing now.

I have my office door propped open so I can hear what’s going on outside.  Comcast is supposed to be here at 8:00 am.  We are changing our data services to a cable company.  This new service includes 7 phone lines and a super fast internet connection.  The new internet speed is supposed to be 33 times faster than what we have now with our full T1 line.  The cost savings will be $250 per month.

We used to pay $800 per month for our data services.  Over time that price dropped to $500 per month.  The new monthly fees should be $250.

You may notice I am using words like “should” and “supposed”.  I admit I’m a little skeptical.  Thirty three times faster at half the price tends to make me that way.  The transfer from the old to the new is also “supposed” to be painless and quick.  We “should” have “almost” no downtime. 

This is not a fun place to work when the internet and phones are not working.  We use phone lines to talk to you, process credit card payments and sell fishing licenses.  Our store is monitored for fire and burglary using a data line.  Our orders come to us via the internet.  We communicate with customers via the internet.  We order merchandise via the internet.  This “should” be a good day.

The church bells are ringing.  It is 8:00 am.  It’s time to watch for the Comcast folks.  By the way, our IT guy is on call and can be here at a moments notice.  I never thought, 19 years ago when I got in the fly shop business, we would be so dependent on digital data. 

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

Byron Begley
October 28, 2013

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