Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a cold but beautiful morning in Townsend.  The sun has just risen above the mountains.  The sky is clear.  The temperature is 28 degrees.  Though we did not get much snow accumulation in the valley, just a few hundred feet above us the trees are white.  See the photo below taken from my office just as the sun lit the mountains.

Snow Covered Mountains in the Great Smoky Mountains December 8, 2011

Little River is churning.  We got another .90” of rain yesterday.  That turned to snow about 4:45 pm.  I was meeting with Michael, one of our city commissioners in my office when the snow started falling.  The flakes were huge.

Some roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed due to snow, ice or high water.  They are:  Newfound Gap Road 441, Cades Cove Loop Road, Foothills Parkway East and West and Cataloochee entrance road.  I suspect the roads will open today sometime.  It is going to be sunny and 48 degrees in the valley.

Flow in Little River is currently 1,390 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date based on 46 years of data is 176 cfs.  Today the flow has set yet another record for this date.  The prior record was set in 1975 at 632 cfs.

This has been an unusually wet fall and winter.  The Tennessee Valley is draining a huge amount of water into the Tennessee River.  Yesterday, Tennessee Valley Authority opened the last of 9 flood gates on the river.  Look at the photo and story on the KnoxNews website by CLICKING HERE.  Thankfully we are going to get a break now.  There is no rain in the forecast for several days.

Fishing is slow or good depending on who you talk to and what kind of fishing they are doing.  The water temperature dropped about 10 degrees overnight to 45 degrees this morning.  Trout hate that.  But, Joe caught a 25 inch brown in Little River yesterday.  The browns are hungry.  They have been spawning and not eating much while using a lot of energy.  The other trout will be lethargic especially in the mornings.  The cold front that grips us right now is going to bring lows in the 20’s at night.  During the day the highs will be in the 40’s and 50’s for a few days.  The water will remain cold for a while.

Wading today will be dangerous.  If you go fishing stay near the banks.  I would drift nymphs, heavily weighted and ticking the bottom. 

Customers are calling and online shopping to order holiday gifts.  Many are buying gift cards.  A lot of fly rods are being shipped too.  This has been a year for fly rod sales.  One reason is, a few new models, especially two are doing quite well.  One is the Temple Fork BVK.  BVK stands for Bernard Victor Kreh, Lefty’s full name.  The other rod is the Sage ONE.  That rod is selling extremely well for us.  Both of these rods are light and easy to cast.  They are accurate too. 

Another really hot item is the new Chota “Hippie”.  This is a new breathable hip wader but it is more.  It can be adjusted to three different heights, below the knee, above the knee and all the way up to cover your legs.  I bought a pair late in the Fall and love them.  I never wade deep in Little River.  You don’t have to.  When it is warm these Hippies are very comfortable.  I would probably wear a chest high pair of waders today.

I’m off today but I plan to stay locked in my office and work.  I am totally re-doing our website.  We have hundreds of pages to be updated and re-design.  I think this project will take about three months.  At night I visit our competitor’s web sites.  They are working on theirs too.  I can tell which areas in their websites they are working on.  I know how they feel and what they are going through.  Right now I’m working over 60 hours per week, 6 or 7 days.

The project I’m working on now is Fishpond.  I guess we have about 80 Fishpond pages.  I am categorizing those pages just like Fishpond does.  I am copying their text into our pages so everything looks and says the same thing.  I hope to be finished by Sunday night.  Then I’ll move on to another brand.

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

Byron Begley
December 8. 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 October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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